2009 Porsche Boxster S with PDK – Click above for high-res image gallery The Italian countryside passes by in a blur. At an indicated 265 km/h (164 mph), we have hit the invisible wall. The accelerator pedal has been jammed into the carpet for the last ten seconds, yet the sleek Porsche cannot push the molecules of air away any faster. Thanks to a stiff headwind, simple aerodynamic drag has overcome the 310 horsepower engine and arrested our acceleration a bit shy of Porsche's quoted maximum speed. Regardless of the blustery gusts, the direct-injected flat-six buried in the middle of the chassis continues to wail as it sustains the fight. An approaching curve on the horizon convinces us to reluctantly lift off the gas. We're in Sicily testing the new second-generation 2009 Porsche Boxster S. Significantly updated for the new model year, the drop-top coupe continues to impress us. How has Porsche improved its 12-year-old platform? Are the new powerplants significantly different from their predecessors? How does the Boxster compare to the Cayman? Follow the jump to find out and take a tour of Italy with the Porsche Boxster in our high-res gallery of images below. %Gallery-43319% All photos Copyright © 2009 Michael C. Harley, Weblogs, Inc./ Porsche Cars North America The stunning Porsche Boxster Concept debuted in 1993 at the Detroit Auto Show. A tribute to the 1950's-era Porsche 550 Spyder, the two-seat concept was a show-stopper and the Stuttgart-based automaker pushed it into production posthaste. The first model, known as the "Type 986," rolled into showrooms for the 1997 model year with a flat-six mid-mounted within the chassis. Displacing just 2.5-liters, the 201 hp engine was hidden deep within the bowels of the convertible chassis. A lightweight power-operated soft top with a plastic rear window closed out the elements yet allowed quick access to the open sky and with a curb weight under 3,000 pounds, Porsche's entry-level drop-top was a hoot to drive and handled amazingly well even if it wasn't the quickest at the stoplight. Over the next twelve years, Porsche would update the Boxster with more powerful engines, upgraded features and a well-deserved facelift. The first significant revision, a convincing reason for Porsche to label it an all-new Type 987, arrived in 2005. Four years later, the 2009 model represents another major upgrade. Instead of a new type number, the automaker simply refers to it as the "Type 987 second-generation." All told, the new model brings the total number of Boxster iterations to three over the years: 1997-2004 / Type 986 / 2.5-liter, 2.7-liter, or 3.2-liter flat-six with Tiptronic or five- or six-speed manual 2005-2008 / Type 987 (first-generation) / 2.7-liter, 3.2-liter, or 3.4-liter flat-six with Tiptronic or five- or six-speed manual 2009-Present / Type 987 (second-generation) / 2.9-liter or 3.4-liter flat-six with PDK or six-speed manual Compared to the 2008 Boxster lineup, the 2009 models gain a long list of standard enhancements that include new engines and exhaust systems, new transmissions, an updated suspension, …
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