Porsche has released details of the all-new Boxster ahead of its debut at the Geneva motor show
12 January 2012

These are the first official pictures of the third-generation Porsche Boxster, ahead of its first public airing at the Geneva motor show in March.

Porsche says the Boxster will go on sale in the UK on April 28, flaunting a lightweight aluminium body and a roomier 911-style interior. It will have the choice of two upgraded versions of Porsche’s classic horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine, both boasting direct injection, slight power gains and impressive reductions in fuel consumption. The Boxster is priced from £37,589, and the Boxster S from £45,384.

The most dramatic change surrounds the new Boxster’s styling, credited to designers working under Porsche design boss, Michael Mauer.

The new Boxster adopts a cab forward stance. Heavily sculptured flanks feature longer doors, larger wheel houses to accommodate wheels up to 20 inches in diameter, and a rear end reminiscent of the classic 911 ducktail.

Porsche confirmed the new Boxster has a longer wheelbase and wider tracks which allow for a roomier interior, which takes its cues from the new 911.

The new Boxster – codenamed 981 – comes with a fully automatic cloth hood, no longer requiring manual assistance. It stows behind the cabin in a fully exposed position, with no need for a tonneau cover.

Porsche hasn’t revealed much detail on the new structure, but officials involved in a prototype ride event attended by Autocar indicate it weighs over 100kg less than the outgoing model’s all-steel body. The base model should weigh less than 1300kg, despite offering more standard equipment.

The aluminium body is aligned to an all-new chassis boasting a longer wheelbase and significantly wider front track. The suspension retains MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear, supporting wheels up to 20 inches in diameter – up from 19-inches previously. The bigger wheels can house larger brakes.

The steering is arguably the most significant change to the Boxster’s mechanical make-up. Like the new 911, it eschews hydraulic assistance for a new electro-mechanical system developed in partnership with ZF.

Porsche has provided the 981 Boxster with a downsized base engine. Previously 2.9-litres, the new model adopts a comprehensively reworked horizontally-opposed 2.7-litre six-cylinder.

Despite this, the new base engine produces 10bhp more than its predecessor at 265bhp. Featuring fuel saving features such as automatic stop/start, brake energy recuperation and a thermal management system that dispenses with the gearbox oil cooler, it delivers a claimed 36.7mpg on the combined cycle – a 15 per cent improvement.

The Boxster S retains the same 3.4-litre engine as the current model, revised for greater efficiency. Power climbs by 5bhp to 315bhp and consumption is boosted to a claimed 35.3mpg – up from 30.1mpg.

The new Boxster will be offered with a six-speed manual as standard and an optional seven-speed PDK double clutch gearbox, featuring revised software for what Porsche calls “more rapid and smoother shifts”. The PDK ‘box also has a so-called sailing feature that, like that seen on the 911, decouples the engine during periods of tailing throttle on downhill grades, cutting engine revs to just 700rpm for brief periods of added fuel saving.

With the optional PDK gearbox, the new Boxster will hit 62mph in a claimed 5.7sec with the Boxster S reaching the same benchmark in 5.0sec – a reduction of 0.1sec and 0.2sec respectively. Further gains in straight line performance are promised with Porsche’s optional Sport Chrono package, which brings dynamic gearbox mounts.

Further developments centre around the adoption of Porsche Torque Vectoring, providing the roadster with a mechanical differential, although it is only available on the Boxster S.

The Boxster features an Alcantara interior, 18in alloys, auto stop/start and Sports mode, remote control hood operation, audio CD with 7in colour touch-screen control, a universal audio interface offering MP3 connectivity and a three-year warranty.

The Boxster S adds 19in alloys, partial leather interior and Bi-Xenon headlights in addition to the power advantage of the larger 3.4-litre engine.

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12 January 2012

"decouples the engine during periods of tailing throttle on downhill grades, cutting engine revs to just 700rpm for brief periods of added fuel saving." When I were a lad, that were called "putting it into neutral".

12 January 2012

[quote Autocar]These are the first official pictures of the third-generation Porsche Boxster, ahead of its first public airing at the Geneva motor show in March...
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Cleary an error by Porsche since these are the pictures of the existing model .............(said with a tongue firmly in cheek).

12 January 2012

My first thought looking at these pictures was: " Why they putted a man in this car, its a girls car!".

But, they made a good job! Especially the rear end.

12 January 2012

[quote macaroni]"decouples the engine during periods of tailing throttle on downhill grades, cutting engine revs to just 700rpm for brief periods of added fuel saving." When I were a lad, that were called "putting it into neutral".[/quote]

Indeed, and with a carb-fed engine, coasting in neutral saved fuel.

However, AFAIK, modern fuel-injected engines cut-off the fuel supply as soon as you lift of the gas when coasting in-gear.

Erm, so the reason for Porsche's fuel-saving 'decoupling' malarkey is what, exactly??

Still, overall it's a fine looking beast. And it's curious how the Boxster's front-end looks sleeker, more tapered and less chisel-esque and unbalanced compared to its 911 sibling.

12 January 2012

[quote Overdrive]Cleary an error by Porsche since these are the pictures of the existing model [/quote]Well done for being first to make the Bore of the Week comment. Porsche in 'evolutionary design' shock. It's what Porsche *does*, while remaining the most profitable motor manufacturer on the planet - haven't you noticed?

12 January 2012

i think it looks great! bring on mid life, because i cannot wait for my crisis to hit :-)

12 January 2012

NEWS EVERYONE! New Porsche that looks....just like the old one, what a surprise!!

12 January 2012

[quote gaco1]NEWS EVERYONE! New Porsche that looks....just like the old one, what a surprise!![/quote] Why people say exactly the same comments every time a new porsche is revealed, its getting really old and annoying........... we know porsche is all about the evolution not the revolution of design, but technically every new porsche is a revolution in terms of pure engineering, they are always better to drive more powerful and more economical. I don't see the same comments every time a new range rover or range rover sport comes out, they are all look the same for years, but under the skin there is always improvements. COME ON GET OVER IT, make useful comments or don't bother

12 January 2012

[quote 6th.replicant]

However, AFAIK, modern fuel-injected engines cut-off the fuel supply as soon as you lift of the gas when coasting in-gear.

Erm, so the reason for Porsche's fuel-saving 'decoupling' malarkey is what, exactly??

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Drag and friction.

When the engine is coasting in gear, you still have quite a bit of friction running through the system from both the gear box and engine. Sticking it in to neutral Decoupling the drive train removes this friction and allows the car to coast further for less effort, hence a (marginal) improvement.

Anyhow, back to this Boxster....

I think this update does look good. It certainly puts to rest the comments critics have made about the previous push me pull me style.

On the negative side though, although this car will undoubtedly be a great handler, I would guess it has lost some of the "fun" and nimbleness of the previous models because of the increased dimensions.

It's all very well making it go round a corner quicker and in a more stable fashion but in the UK and on tight back roads the smaller dimensions of the older car were definitely king.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

12 January 2012

[quote kraftwerk][quote Overdrive]Cleary an error by Porsche since these are the pictures of the existing model [/quote]Well done for being first to make the Bore of the Week comment. Porsche in 'evolutionary design' shock. It's what Porsche *does*, while remaining the most profitable motor manufacturer on the planet - haven't you noticed?[/quote]

Thank you. It's nice to see one's efforts appreciated.

May I repay the compliment by commending you on being the first to make the first ultra-sensitive (to any criticism of Porsche's design philosophy - heaven forbid) comment of the week.

Oh and, while making no doubt making very good profit (despite its huge debt, thanks to its misguided and failed take over attempt of VW), Porsche is NOT the most profitable manufactuer on the planet in overall terms. VW is.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/columnists/mike-rutherford/8682298/Mr-Money-and-the-top-car-manufacturer-on-the-planet-is....html

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