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Porsche blesses its mid-engined Boxster roadster with engines from the Cayman coupe

27 Jun 2006

PORSCHE has brought Boxster’s engines in line with its Cayman coupe sibling by blessing its entry-level convertible with VarioCam Plus, and its Boxster S with the 3.4-litre flat six from Cayman S.

Both revised Boxster models will be available in Australia from October, priced slightly higher at $108,800 for the Boxster five-speed manual (up $1400) and $134,600 for the Boxster S (up $2100).

Thanks to the variable valve timing and lift control system, the 2007 Boxster’s 2.7-litre boxer six (which will also power new the new entry-level Cayman variant, due here in August for $118,000) will deliver 180kW (up 4kW) and 273Nm of torque (up 3Nm) at a less stressed 4600rpm, while returning 0.3L/100km-lower average fuel consumption of 9.3L/100km.

For the record, the second-generation mid-engined roadster’s official top speed is up 2km/h to 258km/h, while 0-100km/h acceleration drops one-tenth to 6.1 seconds.

The 2007 Boxster S, meantime, borrows the 217kW/340Nm 3.4-litre flat six from Cayman S, which replaces the current car’s 206kW/320Nm 3.2 and also features VarioCam Plus.

Hence, 0-100km/h acceleration also drops one-tenth to 5.4 seconds, top speed rises by 4km/h to 272km/h and fuel consumption increases to 10.6L/100km.

Both Boxster variants are available with a revised Tiptronic S five-speed auto, which features new hydraulics and electronics, and variable shift programs.

When combined with the similarly optional Sport Chrono Package, upshifts are restricted to above 3000rpm and no longer occur at maximum revs.

Other 2007 Boxster changes include two new metallic paint colours (Meteor grey and Cobalt blue), upgraded seven-speaker/230-Watt audio systems and improved engine coolant and oil filler cap access.

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