Its 2.7-litre flat-six engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) and VarioCam Plus produces 195 kW (265 hp) at 6,700 rpm, and maximum torque of 280 Nm between 4,500 and 6,500 rpm. The top speed is 264 km/h. With the precisely geared sixspeed gearbox fitted as standard, the Boxster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds. With the optional 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), it races from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and achieves a top speed of 262 km/h. Together with PDK and the Launch Control feature of the optional Sport Chrono Package, the Boxster can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 5.5 seconds.
The mid-mounted engine belongs at Porsche and it belongs in the Boxster. The advantages speak for themselves. The centre of gravity is low and in the middle, with the weight uniformly distributed between the front and rear axles. This is reflected in the well balanced handling characteristics and excellent manoeuvrability, especially when cornering. Combining the intrinsic values of high performance with comparatively low fuel consumption and emission figures. Made possible by racetrack engineering — for the road. The engines are equipped with VarioCam Plus and direct fuel injection (DFI) as standard. As well as efficient technologies such as auto start/stop, electrical system recuperation and enhanced thermal management. What else could we have given the midmounted engine? An even more agile response. One press of the SPORT button on the centre console makes engine performance even more dynamic for driving pleasure at the limits of performance.
The Boxster models are equipped as standard with a lightweight six-speed manual transmission. Gearshifts are smooth and optimally adapted to the respective engine map. Shift throws are short and the gear lever is easy to operate. For a truly engaging driving experience. The upshift indicator located in the central round instrument helps reduce fuel consumption.
The SPORT button on the centre console is fitted as standard. When selected, ‘Sport’ mode is activated to provide greater response and enhanced driving pleasure. Throttle response becomes even more direct, the rev-limiter is adjusted to a harder setting and engine dynamics are tuned for performance driving. The auto start/stop function is also deactivated.
Performance calls for stability. The Boxster is therefore equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels as standard. The Boxster S has 19-inch wheels with a classic fivespoke design, ensuring firm contact between the vehicle and the road. The Boxster GTS emphasises its roadholding capacity with 20-inch Carrera S wheels with a dynamic 10-spoke design. Or, if you prefer, you can choose alternative wheels which are available as options in sizes up to 20 inches. Tyre pressure monitoring (TPM) is fitted as standard. It sends warnings to the on-board computer's display screen in the event of low tyre pressure. The screen in the instrument cluster enables the driver to check the pressure in all four tyres. The system updates quickly and accurately after an engine start, tyre pressure correction or wheel change — for your safety and convenience.
Ingenious storage solutions create plenty of space: the lockable glove compartment, the compartment with a power socket under the armrest in the rear centre console and the uncovered compartment to the front of it. In conjunction with the smoking package, the uncovered compartment makes way for an ashtray with a lid. Other storage features include two compartments in each door, a net in the passenger footwell, clothes hooks on the backs of the seats and two practical cupholders above the glove compartment. The two luggage compartments are further proof that the Boxster harmoniously combines the spirit of sport with everyday practicality. The front and rear compartments have a capacity of 150 and 130 litres, respectively, regardless of whether the hood is up or down. The interior surfaces are carpet-lined and the lids are made from aluminum. The two service openings in the rear luggage compartment provide convenient access to the coolant and engine oil filler caps.
Think a sense of freedom isn't available at the push of a button? Think again. The Boxster models are equipped as standard with a fully electric hood. With the engine running, the opening and closing processes are completed in around nine seconds. The hood is operable up to a speed of 50 km/h. When the vehicle is stationary, the hood can even be operated remotely using the vehicle key. The hood design blends in elegantly with the contouring of the Boxster models. As a key design feature, it accentuates the stretched side view of the vehicle. The hood flows backwards and sweeps into the body. The especially powerful silhouette promises excellent dynamic performance and delivers impressive aerodynamics.
The generously proportioned interior is light and offers plenty of space for driver and passenger comfort. The ascending centre console integrates the driver optimally into the vehicle by positioning the gear lever extremely close to the steering wheel to enable fast and sporty gear changes. The individual controls are arranged clearly and most functions are easy and intuitive to use. The instrument cluster, with central rev counter and 4.6-inch colour screen provides you with all the information you need.
Components used in the car are as sophisticated as the components that Burmester® puts into its high-end home audio systems. How do the numbers sound? Twelve amplifier channels with a total output of 821 watts and 12 loudspeakers including an active subwoofer. The active subwoofer is integrated in the bodyshell itself. Not only does this provide ideal conditions for the sound, it is consistent with the principles of lightweight construction as applied in motorsport.
The standard CDR audio system with 7-inch touchscreen has simple, intuitive controls. It has a CD radio — a six-disc CD autochanger is available as an option — including an FM twin tuner with RDS, 30 memory presets, dynamic autostore and speed-sensitive volume control. And four loudspeakers with a total output of 2 x 25 watts. The AUX interface in the glove compartment can be used to connect an external audio device such as a compatible MP3 player.
Where your journey takes you is in your hands. For this reason, the different steering wheels available for the Boxster models are mechanically adjustable and feature a high-grip rim in smooth-finish leather. Alcantara, a material developed for motorsport, is used in the Boxster GTS. In combination with the optional fully electric seats, the steering wheel is also electrically adjustable, and for even more convenience, a memory function is included. The three-spoke sports steering wheel is fitted as standard in the Boxster and Boxster S. In conjunction with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), it features two ergonomic switches.A twin-spoke design distinguishes the SportDesign steering wheel from the standard steering wheel. Available as an option for the Boxster and Boxster S and standard in the Boxster GTS. In conjunction with PDK, it features two alloy gearshift paddles ergonomically located behind the right and left steering wheel spokes. For extra comfort on those chilly days, a heating function is available as an option for the sports steering wheel and the multifunction steering wheel. Cold weather should never be a reason to prevent you from enjoying your open-top driving experience.
The Boxster models are equipped with four-piston aluminium monobloc fixedcaliper brakes. This design means that, not only are the brakes extremely resistant to deformation, they are lightweight for a particularly fast and sensitive braking response. Even during continuous use. Brake cooling has also been optimised by the brake ventilation system with air spoilers at the front and rear axles. The dynamics of the Boxster models also demand appropriate brake discs. These are internally vented and cross-drilled for improved braking in wet conditions. With a diameter of 330 mm, the front brake discs of the Boxster S and Boxster GTS are 15 mm larger than those of the Boxster. The diameter of the rear brake discs is 299 mm on all models.
Clear glass halogen headlights are fitted as standard on the Boxster. The Boxster S is equipped as standard with Bi-Xenon headlights while the Boxster GTS has Bi-Xenon headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). On all Boxster models, LED daytime running lights and position lights are integrated in the air inlets. All Boxster models are also equipped with automatic headlight activation as standard. This automatically switches between daytime running lights and dipped beam based on ambient lighting conditions.
To protect the driver and passenger, the Boxster models are equipped with full-size airbags, which are inflated in two stages depending on the severity and type of accident (e.g. frontal or offset frontal). In less serious accidents, the airbags are only partially inflated, thereby minimising discomfort to the occupants. In addition to the central airbag control unit on the transmission tunnel, a pair of impact sensors is located near the headlights. This allows a crash to be detected and evaluated far sooner and with considerably greater accuracy.
Dual roll-over protection creates survival space in the event of a roll-over or side impact. The front roll-over protection element is made from super and ultra high-strength steels. The rear roll-over bars located behind the seats are a composite construction of aluminium and steel. They are fully trimmed to blend in and provide an excellent level of safety. The upper seat belt guides are mounted on the roll-over bars for easier fastening.
Specs reflect base model unless otherwise noted.
|Layout / number of cylinders||6||6|
|Displacement||3.4 liter||3.4 liter|
|Horsepower||265 hp||265 hp|
|Torque @ rpm||206 lb-ft @ 4,500-6,500 rpm||206 lb-ft @ 4,500-6,500 rpm|
|Top Track Speed||170 mph||170 mph|
|Acceleration 0-60 (mph)||4.9 sec||4.7 sec (4.5 sec w/ Sport Chrono)|
|Drivetrain||Rear-wheel drive||Rear-wheel drive|
|6 speed||7 speed PDK|
|Length||173.4 in||173.4 in|
|Width w/ mirrors folded||70.9 in||70.9 in|
|Height||50.1 in||50.1 in|
|Wheelbase||97.4 in||97.4 in|
|Drag coefficient (Cd)||0.32||0.32|
|Curb weight (lbs) min / max||2944 lbs||TBD lbs|
|Cargo area volume front / rear (cu.-ft.)||5.3 cu.-ft. front / 4.4 cu.-ft. rear||5.3 cu.-ft. front / 4.4 cu.-ft. rear|
|Fuel tank||14.3 gal.||14.3 gal.|
|MSRP $ 58,600||MSRP $ 62,260|
*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Excludes options; taxes; title; registration; delivery, processing and handling fee; dealer charges. Dealer sets actual selling price.