For 2009 Porsche has added power and several welcome features to the Boxster and Cayman. The features come at a small premium over the outgoing 2008 models.
The 2009 Porsche Boxster starts at $46,600 and the Boxster S commands $10,100 more at $56,700 (both models excluding destination). The 1.8% increase in price yields more power and fuel economy in both models and direct injection the Boxster S. The base Boxster receives a 2.9-liter flat-six with 255 hp, up from the 245 hp produced by the 2008 Boxster’s 2.7-liter mill. The direct-injected Boxster S engine has the same 3.4-liter displacement as the 2008 model, but now puts out 310 hp (an increase of 15 hp).
At $50,300, the Cayman costs about $4000 more than a similar Boxster. For an extra $10,000, buyers can move into a Cayman S, which stickers for $60,200. In an effort to justify the pricing premium carried by the fixed-roof coupes, Porsche continues to make Caymans more powerful than their Boxster siblings. The 2009 Cayman receives the same 2.9-liter flat-six as the Boxster, but it produces 265 hp – 10 ponies more than its ragtop cousin. Likewise, the Cayman S carries a 10 hp advantage of the Boxster S, yielding 320 hp.
Both the Boxster and Cayman model lines receive mild exterior updates that, according to Porsche, “subtly update the classic sports car design.” All four models receive new standard and optional features, including Bluetooth, an iPod interface, and Porsche Communication Management with Touchscreen operation. The 5-speed Tiptronic S transmission option is gone for 2009, replaced by Porsche’s new PDK seven-speed double-clutch transmission.