Porsche Boxster

Porsche Boxster

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The car world keeps coming back to roadsters. Marketing people perennially argue “what moderns really want is an appliance.” Huh. Tell Saturn that. Roadsters are the opposite of an appliance car, yet they thrive. They are the essence of Car.

At Porsche , they never succumbed to the nonsense. They do not just sell sports cars, they also sell SUV’s that think they are sports cars and a luxury sedan that will take on the newcomer Cadillac at Nürburgring and give you time for a quick sippa joe while the CTS-V finishes. Fair enough. Porsches are exciting cars and we all know it, but a roadster? Isn’t that a little beneath them? We can buy a Miata for twenty grand and you can’t find enough options to get one out the door at more than thirty. On a Porsche’s option sheet, a little daydreaming adds enough in options alone to match the cost of a new Miata. Can Porsche build a roadster that could possibly be worth that much more than a Miata?

Uh… yes. That turns out to be the case. I’m talking about people that care about cars of course. If a car really is just an appliance to you, you can always find one.

The days before the 17th season of Top Gear are slowly ticking away and BBC is lessening our pain with yet another trailer for the highly anticipated car show. The second trailer is loaded with more images for the upcoming season and also confirms the season opener date : Sunday, June 26th.

The list of supercars presented in the show will include the McLaren MP4-12C (driven by Jeremy Clarkson), the Ferrari 458 Italia (driven by Richard Hammond), and the Aston Martin Virage (driven by James May). A Porsche Boxster , aCitroën DS3 Racing , and an Abarth 500C will also be making their appearances, as well as a series of classic Ferrari models and a a short trip to Monte Carlo.

So, don’t make any plans for this Sunday because Top Gear has planned something big for us and we’re only five days away! Stay tuned for more details.

The first episode of Top Gear Season 17 is set to be aired on June 26 , but for all of those fans that cannot wait another moment to see the Top Gear UK trio at work, BBC has been kind enough to release a teaser trailer of what to expect.

The trailer will refuel your Top Gear obsession by showing clips of Jeremy Clarkson driving the McLaren MP4-12C , James May riding around in the Mini WRC racing car, and Richard Hammond cruising in the Dartz Prombron through city streets. A Porsche Boxster , a Citroën DS3 Racing , and an Abarth 500C will also be making their appearances, plus a short trip to Monte Carlo will help to wrap things up.

We may still have to wait 11 days for the full episode to grace our television screens, but this teaser trailer just cements the fact that Top Gear 17 is starting and will be better than ever.

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Spy photographers just won’t quit and we thank them every day for their insistence in squeezing in just about anywhere to capture images that auto makers just aren’t ready to part with. Their latest conquest is an onslaught of images of the next Porsche Boxster which don’t show a vastly different model from the Boxster currently cruising down our roads.

The biggest change for the exterior look of the Boxster actually stems from underneath the panels. The 2012 model will be built on a longer platform borrowed from the next generation 911/991 . The use of this longer base will make room in the lineup for the future baby Boxster. Other than that, the Boxster will carry over some of the same features as before, including the same front and rear fascia, center-mounted exhaust pipes, and restyled side mirrors. Some styling cues from the Panamera may also show up.

Under the hood, Porsche is rumored to be working with a slightly revised version of the 310-HP 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine, although some rumors suggest they may also use an advanced four-cylinder engine producing about as much horsepower as the current 2.9-liter six. Whatever engine they choose, the setup will be made complete with a short-throw six-speed manual or Porsche’s seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission.

When the Porsche Boxster E prototypes were announced back in February, we didn’t think we would hear too much about them for awhile. Prototypes Prototypes can undergo testing for a long time before the vehicles actually make their first appearance, but Porsche proved that it is yet again ahead in the game by introducing the electric sports car at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin. Everyone who attended the event had the opportunity to ride around in the vehicle and it seems that the electric Boxster illustrated that Porsche is fully capable of creating an electric sports car that can still drive like a Porsche. We’re certainly intrigued.

The Boxster E is powered by two independent electric motors - one on the front axle and one on the rear - that develop a total power output of 241 HP and a maximum total torque of 398 lbs-ft at a maximum engine speed of approximately 12,000 rpm. With this amount of power, the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 124 mph, all while producing zero tailpipe emissions.

Hit the jump to read more about the Porsche Boxster E.

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The Porsche Boxster has been around for about 15 years and has only seen two generations and a facelift in 2008. Luckily for the guys over at Porsche, the mid-engined roadster is doing fine without the extra renovations. For 2011, the Boxster isn’t coming at us with extra packages or additional bells and whistles, but it is arriving in style with its usual sleek and unique exterior, and its good ol’ faithful 2.9L six cylinder Boxer engine.

The Porsche Boxster doesn’t really scream incredible speed with a power output of 255hp at 6,400rpm and 214 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s 0-60mph sprint of 5.6 seconds isn’t the best time for sports cars in this class and its 163mph isn’t the best either. What is cool about this engine setup is the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) which can minimize these performance numbers and provide a more comfortable ride.

Pricing for the 2011 Porsche Boxster starts off at a reasonable $47,600 for the base model which comes with the standard six-speed transmission. Add the seven-speed PDK gearbox and that price jumps up to $51,020. And then there’s the addition of a few "extras" that could jet propel this price to a not-so-comfortable, underwear up the butt kind of feeling.

Hit the jump to get the good, the bad, and the oooh about the 2011 Porsche Boxster.

Porsche has found a pretty interesting way to promote their vehicles; releasing a series of commercials that illustrate how their vehicles can be used for everyday activities. The series consists of the "Snowmobile," "Pickup Truck," "Getaway Car," "School Bus," and "Pet Carrier." Yeah, Porsche thinks their cars can manage all of those tasks.

“It’s not only about the weekend joyride. It’s the only car in the world that combines true sports car exhilaration and the drivability for daily use. This campaign brings this fact to life, painting a bigger picture of the real Porsche value proposition, in some cases through the words and images of owners themselves,” says David Pryor, vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America.

Of course, whether we agree or not, Porsche has certainly come up with an ingenious way of promoting their 911 , Cayman , and Boxster models, although we just don’t them actually utilizing their personal Porsches for any of these tasks.

One more video after the jump.

The dawn of the electric sports car is fast approaching and a number of automakers are scrambling to get their models out before the seemingly expected industry boom, which could very well happen in the next few years.

While that’s still a matter of subjectivity, what we do know is that a number of automakers have begun developing their own electric sports cars with German automaker Porsche becoming the next in line to do so after introducing three Porsche Boxster E models.

The cars are still designated as ‘prototypes’ so we don’t expect these cars to hit the streets anytime soon. Details on the model’s complete specifications are still being kept under wraps - possibly until further testing is done – but from what we’ve gathered, the Boxster E models are going to be powered by a 29 kWh battery that sends the power out to two electric motors, producing a combined output of 241 horsepower. According to Porsche, the Boxster E prototypes are capable of matching the numbers set by the Boxster S , which translates to a ‘north-to-60’ time of five seconds and a top speed of somewhere around 170 mph.

As we’ve said, production of this car is still far down the road, if ever. For now, Porsche is concentrating on giving the prototypes more development hours and test runs to determine the feasibility of having their own electric sports car. While we’d love to see it happen, the decision still remains with the boys from Stuttgart. So here’s to hoping that they come out with more than just prototype models in the future.

Press Release after the jump.

Black is undoubtedly the color most often worn to any elegant affair and Porsche is taking full advantage of that fact with another special edition model dressed to impress in a sleek black exterior. Mimicking the Carrera Black Edition revealed just a few days ago, the Boxster S model is taking its turn in the spotlight with the same package. However, unlike the Carrera, the Boxster S Black Edition will be limited to only 987 units with U.S. prices starting at $65,200. Sales will begin in March 2011.

The Black exterior carries the dark horse theme around to the model lettering at the rear, the roll-over bars, the rear side air intake grilles, and the twin tailpipe of the exhaust system. A set of black 19" Boxster Spyder wheels complete the aggressive exterior look.

The color also rolls in to the interior to mold itself onto the standard, three-spoke Sport Design steering wheel, the trim strips of the dashboard and of the gear shift lever or PDK selector, the dials on the instrument cluster, and the partial leather seats.

The color change won’t be the only thing distinguishing this model as Porsche is providing three optional packages to further customize this special edition: "Comfort", "Infotainment", and "Design".

Hit the jump to read more about the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition.

In the aftermath of thePorsche Boxster being one of the top three vehicles in Europe to have the best value retention for 2010, Hofele Design has decided to jazz up the first generation Boxster 986 with a cool new Speed GT package. For the front of the car, the Boxster 986 gets a new front bumper with lamellas in the outer air intakes and mesh insert in honey-comb style in the middle air intake. Optional air intakes can be inserted into the out air intakes. The rest of the car features a restyled rear bumper (in a "2010-Design Look") with side air vents and a diffuser, side skirts, and a big rear wing which they say imitates the Porsche 911’s wing. The exterior package is completed by side graphics with the "Speed" logo and a new set of 18-inch "Silverstone" alloy wheels.

The interior gets "Bi-Colour" leather throughout with the middle area of the seats getting stitched in the classic diamond pattern (similar to Bentley ). The leather continues on through the middle areas of the doors. All of the leather can be requested in different colors and combinations.

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