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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:55 pm    Post subject: The new 2012 Porsche Boxster (981) Reply with quote

Since it was already spotted and snapped without any disguise the new 2012 981 Series Boxster is not a huge surprise by now, except for the interior, although the front shot reveals how squared the front headlamps are (in a triangle kind of way! see below and you'll know what I mean!)

http://www.911uk.com/viewtopic.php?t=67392 for previous exterior spy shots...






Anyway we have an clearer shot of the new interior that is based on the new 991 generation 911, but the main difference being the smaller air vents making way for the placement of the Sport Chrono dial (not a carriage clock I should add!) within the top of the dash, as opposed to being on top of the dash as in the 991.

Otherwise as with the new 991, everything is super sized by 1, so it comes with more power (Direct Injection), but still less than the 991, bigger wheels as standard and a drop in weight that has also allowed fuel economy to drop and duly CO2 emissions. the base model drops .0 litres in capacity (as seen with the 991 base) to 2.7 litres and makes do with a mere 6 speed gearbox, up from 5, and the 3.4 S model (up from 3.2) still has a 6 speed manual transmission, with both cars offered with a 7 speed PDK option.






Porsche says, it will be more agile, from it’s lighter than the car it replaces (no weight figures released just yet) and more fuel efficient. The new body has a longer wheelbase and wider track than the current model.

New flat-six engines provide the power: the Boxster has a 2.7-litre unit with 261bhp, a 9bhp increase over the outgoing Boxster. Average fuel economy (with PDK transmission) is 36.7mpg, a 5.7mpg improvement.

The Boxster S has a new 3.4-litre unit: it has 311bhp, a 5bhp increase over today’s Boxster S. Average fuel economy is 30.1mpg, a 5.2mpg improvement.

Prices for the Boxster start at £37,589, a £1017 increase on the current model. The Boxster S starts at £45,384, a £1584 increase. The Boxster goes on sale on April 28.

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Lighter, more efficient and more agile

Distinctive, purposeful styling emphasises mid-engine design
New Boxster priced from £37,589, Boxster S from £45,384 – on sale in UK April 28.

The new Porsche Boxster arrives in the UK this spring offering open-top driving enthusiasts a new generation of the benchmark roadster. The Boxster has an all-new lightweight body, new flat-six engines with direct petrol injection, a completely revised chassis and evolutionary styling.

Considerably lower weight, a longer wheelbase, widened track and larger wheels significantly enhance the driving dynamics of the mid-engined sports car. These attributes, combined with many other new features including electro-mechanical power steering, result in the new Boxster not only offering superior performance but also up to 15 per cent greater fuel efficiency.

Distinctive roadster styling

The styling of the new Boxster clearly signals the unique driving experience on offer; with shorter front and rear overhangs, significantly forward-shifted windscreen, a flatter silhouette and expressive edges. Inside, the passengers are enclosed by a new fully electric hood, which now dispenses with a compartment lid for the convertible top when stowed. The interior design offers the driver and passenger more space and reflects the new Porsche outline, while the distinctive centre console – originating in the Carrera GT – further improves ergonomics.

Charismatic flat-six ‘boxer’ engines

The new generation Porsche roadster makes its debut in the classic Porsche pairing of Boxster and Boxster S. Both derivatives are powered by charismatic flat-six engines with direct petrol injection, the efficiency of which is further enhanced by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and start/stop function.

The new power unit fitted in the Boxster delivers 265 hp (195 kW) from a 2.7 litre displacement – 10 hp more than its larger capacity predecessor. Technically, it is now based on the 3.4-litre engine of the Boxster S. The 3.4-litre now delivers 315 hp (232 kW), 5 hp more than before. Both models feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard, with the seven-speed dual-clutch Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option.

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Both models achieve their best fuel consumption and acceleration performance with the PDK.

Fuel consumption for the Porsche Boxster with PDK is 36.7mpg, and 35.3mpg for the Boxster S. With gear changes achieved without interruption to the flow of power, the Boxster sprints from

0- 62mph in 5.7 sec, the Boxster S in just 5.0 sec.

To enhance the driving dynamics further, the Sport Chrono Package option is offered on the Boxster, featuring Dynamic Transmission Mounts for the first time. Also new in the Boxster is the option of Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical rear limited slip differential.

The new Porsche Boxster in the UK

Built in Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart, the new Porsche Boxster will go on sale in the UK from April 28. The Boxster is priced from £37,589, and from £45,384 for the Boxster S.

The Boxster features an Alcantara interior, 18” alloy wheels, Auto stop/start and Sports mode, remote control hood operation, audio CD with 7-inch colour touch-screen control, a universal audio interface offering MP3 connectivity and a three year warranty.

The Boxster S adds 19-inch alloy wheels, partial leather interior and Bi-Xenon headlights in addition to the power advantage of the larger 3.4-litre engine.








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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

918+991 PU, I guess.

 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sold on the chrono clock and central vent arrangement but I@m loving the exterior Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Agree, I am liking the updated exterior styling
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll never understand Porsche's factory model numbers

986 > 987 > 981

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, I likey.

That is going to sell very well, good work Porsche.

I still think a more sporty and curvaceous interior is called for, it looks no different to most cars out there.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good, a touch of Carrera GT in the side styling thumbsup
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'll never understand Porsche's factory model numbers

986 > 987 > 981

Surely that is going backwards Laughing Question


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a touch of Ferrari on that side profile:

 
  
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adamw wrote:
I'll never understand Porsche's factory model numbers

986 > 987 > 981

Surely that is going backwards Laughing Question


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

those are the first pics of it I've actually liked, reckon that will look really good in the flesh
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liking that.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some more pics
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having seen other press pics via Facebook are they going 20" on the wheels like the 991??
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very eye catching car, bit on the lardy side at the rear end but very good nonetheless. Yeah, you can keep the saucer sized clock face in the cabin and I guess the pattern with the new Porsche interior seems to be Panamera or nothing, something to live with.

Dark colours suit best on this IMO.
I wonder if the newer model has more driver leg room?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does not do it for me, maybe it will grow on me in time but would never spend that kind of money on a Boxster, good as they are, IMHO it looks boy racerish. Mike
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like it a lot and I'm sure it will be an awesome drive. Like the way in has some of the Spyder look to it, although I'm still not sure I'd have a Boxster.
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I thought it must just be me that saw some Ferrari there. More so in the front half.

I like it! Pick one up in 10 years for under £10k?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it looks great, the only detail I don't like is the rear spoiler in the middle of the lights (at least it looks that way to me).

Does anybody know if there is a new version of the Cayman expected soon? My cousin is looking at buying one and has asked me about them.

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