Revamped Porsche Boxster launched in UAE
Dubai, July 8, 2012
Porsche Centre Dubai at Al Nabooda Automobiles, the sole distributor of the Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen brands in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, is introducing the revamped Porsche Boxster and Boxster S in the UAE.
Both variants of the Porsche Boxster have a new, lightweight body and a completely re-designed chassis, offering a comprehensively changed open-top two-seater in the UAE market.
Considerably lower weight, longer wheelbase, a wider track and larger wheels significantly enhance the mid-engine sports car’s driving dynamics, a statement said.
The superior performance is also backed by up to 15 per cent more fuel efficiency. Depending on the model, the new Boxster gets by with less than eight litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
The fundamentally changed styling, including shorter overhangs, a forward-shifted windscreen, flatter silhouette and expressive edges all provide the Boxster with a fresh, contemporary look, affording the roadster’s posture with a decidedly more muscular and striking balance.
Passengers are enclosed by a completely re-designed, fully electric hood, which now dispenses with a convertible top compartment lid, while the interior gives occupants more space, reflecting the new Porsche outline with a raked centre console, which originated with the Carrera GT.
George Wills, managing director of Porsche Middle East and Africa, said: “Without any doubt, the new generation Boxster represents a quantum leap in Porsche’s development of mid-engine vehicles.
“It combines a breath-taking design with a great day-to-day usability. After the fantastic feedback following its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, we look forward to introducing the two-seater in the UAE. 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 of 315hp – five hp more than before.
Both models feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard, with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (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, while the Boxster S reaches the same speed 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.
Vijay Rao, general manager, Porsche Centre Dubai, said: “The Porsche Boxster’s mid-engine concept is the basis for the vehicle’s outstanding agility. Driving dynamics were enhanced by a balanced weight distribution and a 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.
“It’s pure fun to drive whether you are in the city, on a highway or driving on the windy 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,” he added.
The basic retail price for the new Porsche Boxster is Dh196,900 ($53,617), while the Boxster S starts at Dh217,100, the statement said. – TradeArabia News Service