New Porsche Boxster steps in

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The revamped Porsche Boxster and Boxster S are now available in Nigeria after a global reveal in Geneva, March 2012.  A subsidiary of Stallion Motors Limited, Porsche Centre Nigeria said the new Boxster models are comprehensively changed open-top two-seater with passable appeal.

Mr. Michael Wagner, Brand manager, Porsche Centre Lagos said both variants of the Porsche Boxster have a new lightweight body and a completely re-designed chassis.

The new Boxster also has considerably lower weight, longer wheelbase, wider track and larger wheels that can significantly enhance the mid-engine sports’ car driving dynamics, undermining its position as a class leader.   Mr. Wagner also added that the car’s 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.

In addition, 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 fresh, contemporary look.

What’s more, passengers are enclosed by a completely re-designed, fully electric hood, which dispenses with a convertible top compartment lid and an interior that gives occupants more space and reflects the new Porsche outline with a raked centre console, which originated with the Carrera GT.

Quantum leap

Also commenting on the new Boxster, George Wills, Managing Director of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, says: “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.”

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 – ten 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 hp 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, 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.

Meanwhile, Michael Wagner has said the vehicle’s mid-engine concept is the basis for the vehicle’s outstanding agility.

He said 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.

The Boxster models according to him are pure fun to drive whether you are in the city, on a highway or driving on the windy mountain roads in the Hatta Mountains.

“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.”

The basic retail price for the new Porsche Boxster in Nigeria is N12.223.300 and the Boxster S starts at N13.465.300.

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