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Porsche has worked hard to keep the lid on prices rises for the updated Boxster
17 Mar 2009
IT MAY be hard to pick from the superseded model from the outside, but the mid-life upgrade of the 987-series Boxster is quite significant from a mechanical perspective with all-new engines and the availability of Porsche’s PDK double-clutch ‘manumatic’ transmission that first appeared (as did the engines) in the 911 range only six months ago. The result is improved performance and a significant 8.2 per cent better fuel consumption to go with the previous model’s acclaimed steering, ride and handling. The Boxster is therefore that rare breed of sportscar that is user-friendly and comfortable as well as satisfying for sporty driving.
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Porsche BoxsterReleased: November 2006
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PORSCHE took no chances with the second-generation Boxster after the original 986-series car proved to be so successful from its 1997 launch. Consequently, while 80 per cent of the car was new, the 987 was clearly a variation on the theme rather than a departure in style. Although the flat-six engines remained essentially the same, the base 2.7-litre gained 8kW to 176kW at 6400rpm while the 3.2-litre unit in the Boxster S gained 15kW to 206kW at 6200rpm. Gearbox choices were a five-speed manual or five-speed Tiptronic auto. Interior comfort was significantly improved, with higher-quality materials and more space.
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