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Fans of Porsche's mid-engined roadster are getting the best present a sports car driver could ask for - more horsepower. Porsche is kicking off its new model year August 1 with a modest 5 hp boost for the entry-level Boxster's 2.7 liter engine, and a more satisfying 15 hp upgrade for the Boxster S. The 0-60 mph sprint now takes 6.1 seconds in the Boxster, and only 5.4 seconds for the Boxster S.

Both engines benefit from Porsche's new VarioCam Plus valve management technology, which provides variable valve timing (VarioCam) and changeover valve lift (Plus). The new valve lift changeover mechanism uses two-position bucket-type tappets on the intake valves, actuated by an electrohydraulic valve. The Boxster S engine also benefits from a bump in displacement from 3.2 to 3.4 liters.

Also added to the roadsters' option list are the upgraded Tiptronic S transmission and the 19-inch forged alloy two-tone wheels developed for the new 911 Turbo.

[Source: Porsche]


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      • 9 Years Ago
      It's still pretty embarrassing that you can pay 50k for a base Porsche Boxster and get beat at anything in any way by modest cars that cost half as much.

      I realize acceleration is only one aspect of performance but it's a damn fun one too. A 50k Boxster is supposed to be about fun, and accelerating quickly is definitely fun. If you have to be on a closed course race track to realize most of the benefits of a base Boxster, quite frankly, for the money I would rather choose another vehicle.

      Lots of luxury cars are available with lots of horsepower currently:

      Acura RL - 300 hp for 49k
      Infiniti G35 - 300 hp for 35k
      Lexus IS350 - 300 hp for 40k
      Acura TL - 258 hp for 35k
      BMW M3 - 333 hp for 50k
      BMW Z4 3.0 - 255 hp for 40k

      With so many luxury/sport models available with so much power, a base Boxster seems tame by comparison. I'd suggest Porsche isn't offering enough hp for the money.
      • 9 Years Ago
      They need to do a lot better than that, in the base version you'll still get your A$$ handed to you by grandpa in his V6 Camry if you're not paying attention.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Excuse the string-backed-gloves tone, but a car like the Boxster is not about street racing. It's about balance, delicacy, and the subjective driving experience--very different mechanically, but not too different in spirit from an MX-5. If you just want to blow off (and irritate) fellow commuters from stoplight to stoplight, might as well get a Mustang.

      That said, I'd like to see a V6 Camry that does 0-60 in 6.1 seconds. Anything around 6 seconds is as much power as you'll be able to responsibly play with on public roads, IMHO.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Those times are 0-100 KPH or 0-62 MPH, not 0-60 MPH...
      • 9 Years Ago
      The new Honda Accord coupe V6 6-speed does the 0-60 sprint in 5.9 seconds. However, I agree with #5 on the driving experience part. A Porsche is a Porsche...there is no substitute
      • 9 Years Ago
      Five horses? I bet you can feel every last one of them.

      The improvement is clearly larger in the S. And not just in horsepower. The Cayman engine SOUNDS nicer.

      A bigger question: are they also going to offer the Cayman's steering and suspension tuning in the Boxster?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm still waiting for one of you punks to buy me one. {taps foot}
      • 9 Years Ago
      I Agree with PJ..I just picked up a 2001 Boxter S , the accellaration on the 250 hp. engine is great but the responce,and handeling is nothing short of rediculous.The braking!!!!!Stupidness!!!!!!!