For the past twelve years, the Boxster has been playing the chase-the-911 with its styling. Now the 2009 refreshed Boxster gets more of its own look, sorta. Instead of taking its styling cues from the 911, it looks a little more like the ultra-fast Carrera GT .
The new Boxster features a newly designed front and rear ends. The new halogen headlights with their integrated direction indicators are reminiscent of the lights on the Carrera GT, the new LED rear lights tapering out to the outside and integrated elegantly in the modified rear end of the car.
Under the hood, Porsche placed a 2.9-liter engine that delivers 255 bhp (an increase of 10 hp). The S version gets a 3.4-liter power unit that delivers 310 hp (up 15hp). Mated to a the standard six-speed manual gearbox, the new Boxter makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 5.9 seconds. Equipped with the PDK double-clutch gearbox, the sprint will be made 0.1 seconds faster.
As it turns out the increase in power will not mean worse fuel economy. The Boxster equipped with PDK averages 26.3 mpg, and 25.5 mpg for the Boxster S. That’s about a 4 mpg improvement from the Tiptronic automatic transmission cars.
Full details in the press release after the jump.
In an industry full of pretenders, one thing you can count on about Porsche is that they deliver.
The boys from Stuttgart’s latest offering is the new Porsche Boxster Spyder , arguably the lightest and fastest Boxster ever created. Powered by a modified 3.4-liter boxer engine, the new Boxster Spyder, which made its world debut at the LA Auto Show, produces over 320 horsepower and skyrocket from 0-60 mph in just a shade under five (4.8) seconds.
This new Boxster Spyder is the third incarnation of the Boxster Model following the previous Boxster and Boxster S line. Remember how everyone couldn’t wait to get their hands on one those Boxster models?
Well, judging from the awesome video highlighting Porsche’s new toy, we’re predicting that this one will have quite a following of its own.
Short reminder: the new Boxster Spyder is powered by a 3.4-liter six-cylinder with Direct Fuel Injection that delivers total of 320 bhp - with 10 bhp more than the current top version of the Boxster line-up, the Boxster S. The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4,8 seconds and can hit a top speed of 166 mph.
Joyrides are all well and good, provided that the person sitting behind the wheel isn’t endangering himself and all the others around him. But sometimes – and no matter how hard you stress it – there are still people who think that they’re decisions don’t have any consequences and that whatever they’re doing is cool and ‘all good’.
Take this 15-year old boy from California as an example. A few days ago, this young kid – who’s not yet of legal driving age, mind you – stole the keys of his father’s Porsche Boxster and along with his 12-year old cousin, took the car out for a leisurely run out on the streets of LA.
Unfortunately for the two, their joyride ended up becoming a close encounter with death after the 15-year old lost control of the car, sending it hurtling of a cliff and crashing 70 feet down on a construction site.
Whether you believe in divine intervention or not, what happened next seems to defy any logical scenario of how an accident of this nature usually ends up. After flying over a cliff and plunging 70 feet down, the Boxster did not flip over, and ended up landing on all four wheels. Except for a few dings and scratches here and there, the car remained virtually intact.
But what’s more amazing about the whole ordeal was that the two young boys inside the car escaped without injury.
As a precaution, the two kids were airlifted to a hospital and are now undergoing further tests, but for the most part, they escaped from the accident without any serious injuries.
Quite frankly, we’re at a loss for words. These two kids flew off a cliff in a Porsche and lived to tell the story of how they got out of the car unscathed. Somebody was definitely on their side out there.
The 2011 Porsche Boxster mule has been caught testing again at infamous Nurburgring’s Nordschleif circuit in Germany and this time the proof was caught on video. As you can see from the black Boxster , the 2011 car will feature refined front and rear fascias as well as a new taillight cluster as you can see by the subtle matte black covers and the constant on/off testing from the driver, honestly we can’t think of another reason why he would be pumping the brakes like that into the turns.
From the footage it looks like the engineers were testing out some new aspect of the Boxster’s suspension, an advanced form of PSM for the entry level German sports car. Porsche has not released any official information about the power train lineup for the next generation car, but rumors are suggesting that engines may be downsized by two cylinders. Aside from the reduction in power, the open air roadster should be lighter than its predecessor. We will just have to wait until Geneva, by then the new car should be in top form.
The German tuning specialists Techart have just relased a new lineup of high performance modifications for the Porsche Boxster and Cayman models. The aero is available in two flavors, somewhat conservative with only a front lip and a rear wing, or all out including a wide body conversion that includes the LED driving lights, sculpted side skirts, sleeker side mirrors and the Techart Vario or VarioPlus threaded chassis high performance suspenion. Techart is offering a racing exhaust system for the flat six powered Porsches that can be finished off with either a glossy or black chrome finish. The aftermarket manufacturer then utilizes their signature Formula wheel to beef up the diminutive Porsches.
The upgrades don’t stop with the exterior, the interior receives a few upgrades like a sport chronometer, TECHART 3 spoke sport steering wheel, new trim on the doors and carbon/stainless steel doorsills with illuminated logos. The sport buckets are wrapped in soft leather and dressed up with decorative stitching in the owner’s choice of colors as well as a trio of aluminum sport pedals and a healthy helping of carbon fiber. So now no matter which Porsche you drive Techart CEO Thomas Behringer has a tuning program for you.
Press release after the jump.
When you say Porsche you think about six-cylinder engines. But now the company is considering a four-cylinder engine for the Cayman and Boxster models. The decision has been made in order to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
The announcement has been made by Klaus Berning who said that more economical versions of the Boxster and Cayman were on the way: "Clearly there is a trend to downsizing. We have to do everything possible within the brand limits to lower CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. [A four-cylinder] brings a lot of efficiency, so I will not exclude that, but if you ask me did we already decide one, no."
The same rule will not be applied to the 911 line-up because "911 is the core of the brand and follows different rules to the rest."
The Porsche Cayman has always had a suspicious place in the Porsche lineup. The extra-potent "S" model comes very close to hitting performance figures of the base 911, at much reduced cost. But now that 2009 refreshening adds extra power to the Cayman, how will this stack up?
The second generation of the Cayman is making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show right along side its Boxster sibling. Just like the drop top, the 2009 Cayman is being offered in two versions: Cayman and Cayman S (the Cayman S Sport version goes away.)
The Cayman is powered by a 2.9-liter flat-six boxer engine that delivers 265 hp (an increase of 20 hp); the Cayman S gets a 3.4-liter power unit that delivers 320 hp (25 hp more). The Cayman S with PDK dual-clutch automatic and Launch Control can do 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. That’s a 0.2 second improvement from the previous Cayman S and is within 0.2 seconds of the published figures for the base 911.
As it turns out the increase in power will not mean worse fuel economy. The Cayman equipped with PDK averages 26.3 mpg, and 25.5 mpg for the Cayman S. That’s about a 4 mpg improvement from the Tiptronic automatic transmission cars.
Design improvements take cues from the V10 Carrera GT . The 2009 Cayman gets new front and rear ends with new halogen headlights with integrated direction indicators, new LED rear lights, new air intakes and new rear panels with a wind deflector plate.
Both the Cayman and the Cayman S will go on sale in February 2009 in Europe. It’s expected that the new Cayman will reach these shores soon afterward with only a marginal price increase.
Full details in the press release after the jump.
The next generation Porsche Boxster has been spotted testing again, this time it got caught on video. Inspired by the classic Porsche 914 , the Boxster is a lightweight modern day mid engine sports car from the German automaker, it is also the most affordable, starting at around $46,000 for the base model and working up to around $50,000 for the high performance Boxster S.