The "entry-level" Porsche, thanks to its mid-engine layout and low weight, is often considered even better sportcar than larger 911. Thanks to lesser moment of inertia, all Boxter roadsters are able to turn and hold the road at speeds which make most cars slip off the road. The third generation of the "baby" Porsche is about to make yet another step forward...
Don`t mistake the Boxter`s engine layout with the Porsche 911, which engine lays behind the rear axis. The Boxter`s heart is placed right behind passengers seats and above rear axis, leaving some small amount of space for rear trunk (yes, there is some more space for stuff in the front). The space in the rear is also used to store the retractable soft top, which. as before, can be painted for free in black, red, blue or brown color.
The 3rd generation Boxter represents more evolution than evolution: basically same engines, slightly improved performance while the economy is improved about 15%. But one can be sure that at real track the new generation of Porsche`s roadster beats its predecessor in all aspects.
As before, there are standard Boxter (2.7 liter flat-six, 265 hp) and more powerful "S" model (3.4 liter, 315 hp). Both are faster than predecessors, making 0-60 mph start in 5.5 or even 4.8 seconds (standard and "S" models respectively).
The top speed might reach 164-173 mph or even more with optional Sport Chrono package, but that will depend on yet-to-announced electronic limitation.
The above mentioned Sport Chrono package (+$2370) can improve acceleration even further, thanks to even more sportier settings and launch control feature (and cut about 1/10th of a second from 0-60 mph time). Also keep in mind that the best performance is achieved with not manual but with robot seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission (+$3200).
In order to experience even higher side acceleration and even better control, enthusiasts can order Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which basically eliminates even slightest body roll in hard turns (+$1790), as well as Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), which includes electronically-controlled limited-slip differential and makes accelerating even more stable (for additional $1320).
Track racers might want to try ceramic brakes kit, which are almost impossible to overheat (and wear out), but add over $7000 to total price.
Speaking about the exterior, the all-new Boxter might be difficult to recognize at first glance, but you definitely won`t miss giant side air intakes, as well as the artistic rear spoiler, which is now part of the body and the rear lights. In general the new Boxter looks like a smaller version of exclusive Carrera GT supercar, which one hardly won`t like.
As usual, one can order multiple individual features, like one of 4 colors of the soft top (black, blue, red or brown), wheels painted in exterior- or black color, painting of different parts of the body etc. 18-inch are now standard for Boxter, while the "S" model features 19s. More wheels up to 20" are available for every model.
One of the biggest changes is the completely redesigned interior, featuring the style of the new Cayenne, 911 and Panamera models. The handbrake is now electronic-only.
As before, one can choose between several seats and interior color (about 10 basic and even more additional options, like painted seat belts or even vehicle`s key ).
We should mention that Porsche remains one of the most expensive "options-seller" (there is no problem to equip the vehicle for over $30 000 of options and even more).
But at least the base prices remain almost the same, starting from MSRP $49,500 and from $60,900 for Boxter "S". The vehicles are already being ordered and will arrive by this autumn.