2005 Porsche Boxer New Car Review
timbre of a Boxster engine at idle is unlike anything else on
the face of the planet. If you could capture it in a bottle,
wrap it in a stylish box and put it on sale, the need for Viagra
would disappear. Its music to ears of anyone who understands
that driving is so much more than just getting from point A
to point B.
goal for the new Porsche Boxster series was to amplify its distinctive
good looks and achieve perfection through evolution, not revolution.
In other words, Porsche wasn't looking for the full reality
series makeover, but rather the nip and tuck approach preferred
by the majority of Hollywood celebs. Topping the list of things
to do was adding more horsepower.
new Porsche Boxster entry level engine is a 2.7 litre flat six that
cranks out 240 hp @ 6400 rpm. Maximum torque is rated as 199
lb-ft @ 4700-6000 rpm.The
Boxster S bumps displacement to 3.2 litres and a pulsating 280
hp @ 6200 rpm, with torque numbers set as 236 lb-ft @ 4700-6200
Porsche didn't fool around with the redesign of
the unmistakable sound of the flat six engines. Packaged together
with a new, extra-large exhaust system, torque improves significantly.
Punch the throttle and acceleration is immediate. Zero to 60
mph is reached in 6.2 seconds with the Boxster and 5.5 seconds
in the Boxster S.
recent foray down the Austrian Autobahn, and a subsequent back
road expedition through the picturesque Alpine countryside,
proved this baby Porsche's mettle. Top speed for both models
is 155 mph and 161 mph respectively.
transmissions are available for each Boxster model.
5-speed manual gearbox of the Boxster is carried over from the
previous model, while a new 6-speed manual operates in the Boxster
S. Shift travel on the new manual transmission has been reduced
by approximately 15 percent, while the original 5-speed has been improved
by an astounding 27 percent.
wonderful Tiptronic 5-speed automatic transmission is available
in both Boxsters'. Providing drivers with the opportunity to
shift gears manually, the Tiptronic option makes a whole lot
of sense for those who like to do some of the work themselves,
but prefer not having to engage a clutch.
match the added performance of both models, new larger diameter,
inner-vented, cross-drilled brakes offer superior stopping power.
A twin-circuit brake system with 4-piston calipers and ABS brings
the Boxster to a rapid and secure stop.
on the Boxster are black epoxy finished calipers, while the
Boxster S displays a red color scheme. Also new in 2005 for
the Boxster S is the opportunity to order Porsche Ceramic Composite
the latest Boxster radiates the essence of its Uber-expensive
911 sibling, with a dynamic side profile, wider track and muscular
flanks. A covered undercarriage allows unrestricted airflow,
while redesigned front spoiler ducts gulp in huge volumes of
air, directing it to specific areas including the disc brakes.
several of its styling ques from the Carrera GT, new dual support
side mirrors further reduce airflow and rain from building up
on the glass surfaces. Larger air scoops behind each door improves
downforce, while at the same time helping breathe new life into
the engine. The functional rear spoiler has also been enhanced
to extend higher, adding downforce to the rear of the car.
Large side windows enhance visibility in several ways. Through excellent aerodynamics, the greater curvature of the A-pillars reduces unwanted airflow around the window and also lowers wind noise. Additionally the side windows are covered with a hydrophobic surface coating, helping to ensure a clear view and improved scratch resistance.
Porsche did away with the static, mind-numbing dash layout of the previous model, vigilantly crafting the control center to bring the new car into the 21st Century, but maintain the pedigree established with the original 550 Spyder.
A tightly hooded, three-piece instrument cluster offers tactile feedback between engine and driver. A watch-like, thin metal band separates each dial, with the tachometer taking center stage.
As you would expect, the real joy of owning a Porsche comes through contact with the road. With this in mind, the Boxster offers a superior occupant experience geared towards driving. Highlights include a Sports Chrono Package that measures handling dynamics, easy to use power windows, mirrors and door locks, plus an improved heating and cooling system.
Soft surfaces, aluminum look trim and leather abound, with several upgrades are included on the Boxster S. An innovative magnesium skeleton, 3-spoke leather tilt steering wheel offers a 10% reduction in weight and improved ergonomics. New seats provide improved comfort with four distinctive settings, and for the first time, a BOSE Surround Sound System with 11 speakers is available.
The original Boxster first launched in 1996. Since then, Porsche stock has risen an astounding 858%. A benchmark roadster, it once again sets the high bar for others to follow.
JUST THE FACTS
|2005 PORSCHE BOXSTER
|| 2-seat performance sports car
|| Boxster, Boxster S
|| 95.1 inches
|| 170.4 inches
|| Boxster - 2.7 L, 6-cylinder
Boxster S - 3.2L, 6-cylinder
Boxster 5 - speed
Boxster S 6 - speed
Auto - Tiptronic S
|| Twin circuit 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
|| 2 (front), 2 (side), 2 (head)
|Fuel mileage city/hwy:
||M/6: 19/28 mpg
A/4: 18/25 mpg
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