Porsche Releases Initial Details of 2000 Boxster S
16 June 1999Porsche Releases Initial Details of 2000 Boxster S
ATLANTA, June 15 -- Porsche today disclosed the first public information about its 2000 Boxster S sports car. The new model, an enhanced version of its current two-seat Boxster roadster that was launched in the North American market in the winter of 1997, features an enlarged 3.2-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine producing 252 (DIN) horsepower (48 horsepower more than the 1999 Boxster) at 6,250 rpm. The larger engine also increases torque from 181 ft. lbs. on the current Boxster to 225 ft. lbs. at 4,500 rpm. About 85 percent of this maximum torque is available at 2,000 rpm. This more powerful engine propels the Boxster S from 0 to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds, from 50 to 75 mph (in top gear) in 10.3 seconds, and to a top track speed of 162 mph (13 mph faster than the 1999 Boxster). To take advantage of this increased performance, the Boxster S incorporates significant changes in engine management, transmission and suspension. Engine management is performed by the latest Motronic ME 7.2 with an electronic accelerator (E-gas) already proven on the 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 4. The new model also features a six-speed manual transmission (replacing the Boxster 's five-speed) with gear ratios matched for higher performance. Like the Boxster, the five-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission system is available on the Boxster S as an option. To enhance the handling characteristics of the already perfectly balanced mid-engined Boxster, the Boxster S is equipped with a sport-tuned chassis and a redesigned suspension with a stiffer spring/vibration damper system. Outwardly, the Boxster S differs from the Boxster in very subtle, understated ways. The most distinguishing feature is its specially-styled standard 17-inch light alloy wheels. Further distinguishing items include an additional central air inlet in the front, titanium-colored trim on the front air inlets, a distinctive twin-pipe exhaust, and a titanium-colored Boxster S logo on the rear deck lid. Highlighting the interior enhancements on the Boxster S is a new cloth convertible top headliner designed to reduce wind noise at high speeds. The new model is equipped with a sporty three-spoke leather-covered steering wheel. Utilizing new materials and textures, such areas as instrumentation and seating have also been upgraded. The Boxster S will arrive in North American Porsche dealership showrooms in the fall of this year. Pricing and quantities are not yet available.