Deep Dive: 2012 Porsche Boxster

The strut-type front axle and the multilink rear suspension have been re-engineered for better handling and reduced noise. Also new are 13-inch brake rotors all around. There's more electronic wizardry, including adaptive suspension management (PASM), which extends to the steering and the dual-clutch transmission, torque vectoring, and an electrically operated parking brake.

In the near term, the base model will go back to a 2.7-liter six-cylinder with output slightly higher than the current 2.9-liter, which puts out 255 hp. The new 3.4-liter S version delivers 315 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. When fitted with PDK, the lesser model will accelerate in 5.7 seconds from 0-62 mph and top out at an unchanged 162 mph. The Boxster S does the sprint in 4.9 seconds; its maximum speed is 169 mph, the same as before. Prices are expected to increase by seven percent.

The lighter weight, more efficient engines, refined aerodynamics, and new features such as auto start-stop, regenerative braking, and new electrically-assisted power steering add up to an 18-percent drop in fuel consumption.

When the first round of cosmetic and engineering modifications is due in 2015, Porsche will introduce a new four-cylinder boxer engine, sources claim. It will likely be a 2.5-liter twin-turbo delivering up to 360 hp and 350 lb-ft. If marketing agrees, the entire range could eventually switch to the new drivetrain. A smaller 1.6-liter version of the new engine will likely power the family of smaller mid-engine cars, including the rumored 356. One or two turbochargers, a reduced friction lightweight valvetrain, and a secret new combustion process are said to greatly enhance the efficiency of these advanced horizontally opposed powerplants. There is even room for a hybrid pack which will be incorprated in the PDK transmission housing. And although the customers may not yet be ready for a diesel-engine Boxster/Cayman, converting the new boxer to TDI technology is said to be difficult but doable.

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georgeh
Porsche is being held back by the stuffed suit traditionalists that refuse to unleash the Boxster. With its superior handling, a Boxster/Cayman with 911 power would be the new reigning king in Porsche's line up.
RockNRollin
CGM, I agree with you, puting other than a Flat 6 on a 911 is blasphemy because its what makes it a 911, its got history. But I will have to disagree with you by replacing the flat6 to a 4cyl on the Boxster. The S2000 may have all of the HP but have you driven it below 6K RPM ??, its gutless and takes the fun out of it. Cylinders = class. Imagine puting a Turbocharged 4cyl 1,000HP (and yes its posible) motor into a Veyron; no one will, but whats worse is the power delivery is sure as hell not going to be the same as a W16. The Jaguar XJ220 learned that lesson the hard way and lost almost all of its buyers when Jag decided to put a V6TT on a supercar in place of the planned N/A V12 motor. Bottom line is, you can substitute HP, but not the torque-ban and power curve/delivery and not to mention smootheness.
cgm9999
@DayeAnd an 8 or 12 cylinder engine in a Porsche 911 isn't blasphemy?! Good lord, listen to yourself, man! Listen, it's 2010 and four cylinders aren't what they were thirty, twenty or even ten years ago. A four cylinder is light, can be made to rev high (see Honda S2000), and are compact in design, all traits that would suit a lithe Porsche Boxster. I welcome the change.
ags987s
REALLY BEAUTIFUL!! I have the current Boxster S and that is exactly the design I want for the next one, a sportier and edgier evolution.Now come on Porsche, we've waited enough for better engines: give us a boxster GTS and Turbo. A Boxster/Cayman GTS with 3.6 carrera engine would be a great start. BUT NO 4-cylinders! Come on this is not a VW/Audi, this is a porsche, it must have a flat-6!!!I will never buy a $60-70k 4-cylinders, might as well get a TT for half price.The fact that rear suspension is multi-link is a huge clue that it will receive higher power engines.
Daye
A four-cylinder Boxster?! That's blasphemy, no matter how powerful it is. Porsche should put 8-cylinder and 12-cylinder engines into the 911 to distinguish it from the Boxster. Even a twin-turbo six-cylinder in the 911 and a single-turbo or normally aspirated six-cylinder in the Boxster would be better than a four-cylinder Boxster.

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