Revamped Porsche Boxster
COMING WITH A NEW LIGHTWEIGHT BODY AND A COMPLETELY RE-DESIGNED CHASSIS, THE REVAMPED PORSCHE BOXSTER AND BOXSTER S REPRESENT A QUANTUM LEAP IN Brand’s DEVELOPMENT OF MID-ENGINE VEHICLES AS THEY COMBINE BREATHTAKING DESIGN WITH GREAT DAY-TO-DAY USABILITY, WRITES OLAOLU OLUSINA
The European auto manufacturer, Porsche, has upped the ante in mid-engine vehicles. The new Boxster and Boxster S which entered the Nigerian auto market recently, courtesy of the Porsche Centre Nigeria, a subsidiary of Stallion Motors, are pointers to this.
Representing a quantum leap in Porsche’s development of mid-engines vehicles, the two models of the mid-size open-top two-seater roadster have been comprehensively changed to have a passable appeal as they now come with a new lightweight body and a completely re-designed chassis.
Featuring a considerably lower weight, longer wheelbase, wider track and larger wheels to significantly enhance its driving dynamics, thus enhancing its position as the best in its class, its superior performance is backed by up to 15 per cent more fuel efficiency, depending on model, with significantly less than eight litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
Also, the new roadster’s posture is decidedly more muscular and striking with fundamentally changed styling, shorter overhangs and a significantly forward-shifted windscreen with flatter silhouette and expressive edges which give the Boxster a fresh and contemporary look.
Both the Boxster and Boxster S models are powered by flat-six boxer engines with direct petrol injection, enhanced by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and auto start/stop function as well as electro-mechanical power steering.
The base model’s new power unit delivers 265hp from a 2.7 litre displacement – 10 horsepower more than its larger displacement predecessor. Technically, it is now based on the 3.4-litre engine of the Boxster S, which now has an output 315hp; five horsepower more than before.
Both models also feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard, with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option.
The Boxster’s fuel consumption with PDK is 7.7 l/100 km and 8.0 l/100 km for the S version. Without interruption to the power flow, the two-seater sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, and the Boxster S in just 5.0 seconds. The Sport Chrono Package comes as an optional extra for the Boxster, featuring dynamic transmission mounts for the first time. Newly available as an add-on feature in the roadster is Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), with mechanical rear axle differential lock, the ideal complement to Porsche Stability Management.
The Brand Manager, Porsche Centre Lagos, Mr. Michael Wagner, said the vehicle’s mid-engine concept is the basis for the vehicle’s outstanding agility.
“The driving dynamics were enhanced by a balanced weight distribution of 46 (front) to 54 per cent (rear) and the once again lowered centre of gravity. The 60-millimetres longer wheelbase ensures greater stability at very high speeds whilst the wider track on both axles enhances driving stability and agility in bends,” he said.
According to Wagner, the Boxster models are pure fun to drive whether in the city on a highway. “The new Boxster ticks all the boxes for what a sports car should be – lighter, more fuel-efficient, faster and more agile – everything that Porsche Intelligent Performance stands for and I am sure our discerning customers will agree to that,” he said.
Also expressing great delight at the new Boxster, the Managing Director of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, Mr. George Wills , said : “Without any doubt, the new generation Boxster represents a quantum leap in Porsche’s development of mid-engine vehicles. It combines a breathtaking design with a great day-to-day usability. This new roadster stands for pure driving pleasure through the principles of Porsche Intelligent Performance.”