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Porsche Boxster S

Design

The design of the new Boxster models is governed by one philosophy above all: that the styling of a Porsche reflects its inner values. Here, the primary value is extreme performance.

This concept also follows a traditional Porsche theme: the seamless blend of function and design. Visually exciting with performance to match.

The emphasis on performance is immediately evident from the front, where enlarged air intakes in a new geometric arrangement give the Boxster an even more dynamic look – and increase cooling power. On the new Boxster, the air intake grilles are finished in the exterior colour, whereas on the new Boxster S they are contrasted in black. The powerful design is complemented by striking spoiler lips and the two models have a drag coefficient value of 0.29 and 0.30, respectively.

At the front, the new headlight design makes the Boxster models unmistakable – especially at night. Both models are fitted as standard with halogen headlights and LED daytime running lights integrated separately into the clusters above the outer air intakes. Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights, including LED daytime running lights, are available on request. The new headlight design emphasises the striking contour of the wing.

The rear has been restyled with a new LED taillight module thatblends harmoniously with the overall design. The new centrally located stainless steel tailpipe – twin tailpipe on the Boxster S – and the rear diffusers finished in sporting black complete the powerful look.

The dynamic presence of the Boxster models is further emphasised by the new wheel design. The Boxster is fitted with 17-inch wheels as standard, the Boxster S with 18-inch wheels. A 19-inch option is available for both models.

Also incorporated into the new design are larger exterior mirrors which have been aerodynamically optimised and give better rearward visibility.

In short, although we rarely stick to the rules, we have observed one: form follows function. Design and functionality are combined perfectly in the new Boxster models.

Character

The flagship model in the Boxster range has also evolved: the new Boxster S.

It presents an even more athletic interpretation of the roadster concept. More powerful and more efficient. Its brand new engine is now fitted with direct fuel injection (DFI) as standard. For increased torque and power – with a simultaneous reduction in fuel consumption. The result is 228 kW (310 hp) at 6,400 rpm and a maximum torque of 360 Nm at 4,400 – 5,500 rpm. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.3 seconds.

With the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and ‘Launch Control’ from the optional Sport Chrono Package, just 5 seconds. Fuel con- sumption is further reduced by up to 15% depending on the type of gearbox, and CO2 emissions by up to 16%.

As well as the new 18-inch Boxster S II wheels in a dynamic design, the Boxster S is fitted with a braking system which is distinguished by its red-painted calipers. The rear brake discs are thicker than those on the Boxster for increased stability under braking.

The front air intake grilles are painted black for a striking contrast. Together with the centrally mounted tailpipe in a new design, they give the car a powerful presence.

In the interior, as well as leather on the steering wheel, gear/PDK selector lever, handbrake and door handle, the Boxster S has leather trim on the storage compartment covers in the door and the rear centre console. The instrument dials are aluminiumcoloured.

These are just the facts. To experience the performance of the new Boxster S, we can only offer one piece of advice: you really need to drive it.

Performance

Both new Boxster models are equipped with brand new engine developments. The Boxster has a larger capacity, performance-
enhanced, water-cooled six-cylinder Boxer engine that is free revving, with optimum load change and extremely smooth running. With a perfectly matched interplay of all engine components, the Boxster now develops 188 kW (255 hp).

VarioCam Plus in conjunction with the optimised intake manifold ensures high torque even at low speeds, and excellent power development in the upper rev range. Maximum torque is available over a wide rev range, reaching 290 Nm between 4,400 and 6,000 rpm.

The new engine in the Boxster S features direct fuel injection (DFI). This means even more power: the 3.4-litre power plant develops 228 kW (310 hp) at a maximum torque of 360 Nm between 4,400 and 5,500 rpm.

For incredible driving performance and higher torque, especially in the lower rev range, with a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 15%* and in CO2 emissions of up to 16%. Achieved by DFI and VarioCam Plus technology

Direct Fuel Injection

The new Boxster S engine has direct fuel injection (DFI). With millisecond precision, fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber at up to 120 bar pressure via electromagnetically actuated injection valves.

The spray and cone angles have been optimised for torque, power output, fuel consumption and emissions by enabling a homogeneous distribution of the air/fuel mixture and, therefore, effective combustion.

Depending on throttle input, multiple fuel injection takes place.

DFI improves the internal cooling of the combustion chamber by preparing the mixture directly in the cylinder. The resulting higher compression ratio (12.5:1) helps to deliver more power along with enhanced engine efficiency. It has therefore been possible to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 16% and fuel consumption by up to 15%*. Injection is regulated by the electronic engine management system. The exhaust gas cleaning system ensures that emissions remain well below even the strict limits of the EU5 emission standard, thus helping to protect the environment

Vario Cam Plus

VarioCam Plus combines variable valve timing with two-stage lift on the inlet side. This results in smoother running, better fuel economy and lower exhaust emissions. As well as greater top-end power and low-end torque.

This two-in-one engine concept seamlessly adapts in response to driver input. The result: instant acceleration and extremely smooth running.

The variation in intake timing is steplessly controlled by means of an electro-hydraulic rotary vane adjuster at the head of the corresponding camshaft.

To improve throttle response during the warm-up phase, VarioCam Plus selects high valve lifts with retarded valve timing. In the middle and low load ranges, low valve lifts with advanced timing reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. High valve lifts generate high torques and maximum output.

Porsche Doppelkupplung

The optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), with both manual gearshift and an automatic mode, enables smooth gear changes with no interruption in the flow of power. This results in significantly faster acceleration and lower fuel consumption, without having to sacrifice the ease of automatic transmission.

In total, PDK has seven gears at its disposal. Gears 1 to 6 have a sports ratio and top speed is reached in 6th gear. The 7th gear has a long ratio and helps to reduce fuel consumption even further.

PDK is essentially two half gearboxes in one and thus requires two clutches – designed as a double wet clutch transmission.

This double clutch provides an alternating, non-positive connection between the two half gearboxes and the engine by means of two separate input shafts (input shaft 1 is nested inside the hollowed- out input shaft 2).

The flow of power from the engine is only ever transmitted through one half gearbox and one clutch at a time, while the next gear is preselected in the second half gearbox. During a gear change, therefore, a conventional shift no longer takes place. Instead, one clutch simply opens and the other closes at the same time. Gear changes can therefore take place within milliseconds.

Clutch 1 controls the first half gearbox, which contains the odd gears (1, 3, 5, 7) and reverse. Clutch 2 controls the second, which contains the even gears (2, 4, 6).

The crankshaft transmits engine torque to the dual-mass flywheel which is then channelled through the clutch housing and onto the multi-plate clutches, or to be more precise, the outer disc carrier.

Under oil pressure, clutch 1 closes and forms a frictional connection with input shaft 1. The torque is now transmitted through the first half gearbox – and then the differential – to the rear axle. At this stage, PDK has already preselected the next gear in the second half gearbox. Engine torque is already acting on the other outer disc carrier and, in response to a gear change signal, the overlap shift is initiated, i.e. as clutch 1 opens, clutch 2 closes. The non-positive connection with input shaft 2 is established, and power is transmitted to the wheels. The gear which is engaged is displayed on the instrument cluster. Depending on the gearshift programme, the gear change is optimised for comfort or for sporty handling and takes place in a matter of milliseconds.

The advantage over a fully manual transmission is the considerably faster rate of acceleration for the same rate of fuel consumption. The advantage over a fully automatic transmission is the perceptible increase in driving dynamics – with a similar level of comfort, and a distinct reduction in fuel consumption.

The compact dimensions of the gearbox reduce rotational masses which means a more direct engine response, and the system is more lightweight.

This, along with the long-ratio 7th gear, helps to achieve reduced fuel consumption and emission figures comparable with those of a manual gearbox.

With the optional Sport Chrono Package, PDK is enhanced by the ‘Launch Control’ and ‘motorsport-derived gearshift strategy’ functions.

In essence, PDK combines sportiness with efficiency and comfort. What does all this mean for you? Uninterrupted driving pleasure.

This new, three-spoke sports steering wheel for PDK has two ergonomic switches.

One press with the thumb and the PDK shifts up. One pull with the index finger and the PDK shifts down. Either the right or left hand can be used.

On request, the sports steering wheel for PDK is also available as a multifunction steering wheel (in leather, Aluminium Look, carbon or macassar). Steering wheel heating is available as an option for any PDK steering wheel.

The gear selector for PDK impresses not only with its unique design, but above all with its superior functionality enabling you to change gear manually. The control concept mirrors the logic of the switches on the sports steering wheel for PDK – press forwards to shift up, pull backwards to shift down.

Even if the gear selector is set to automatic mode, you can still change gear manually using the switches on the steering wheel.

The Porsche Active Suspension Management

The optional PASM is an electronic damping control system. On the new Boxster models, the suspension has been tuned to match the increased power of the engine. PASM actively and continuously regulates the damping force for each wheel according to the road conditions and driving style. In addition, the suspension is lowered by 10 mm.

The driver can select between two different modes: ‘Normal’ which is a blend of performance and comfort, and ‘Sport’ where the setup is much firmer. The PASM control unit evaluates the driving conditions and modifies the damping force on each of the wheels in accordance with the selected mode.

Sensors monitor the movement of the vehicle body, for example, under heavy acceleration and braking or on uneven roads. The control unit tunes the dampers to the optimum hardness for the selected mode to reduce roll and pitch still further and to increase contact between each individual wheel and the road.

In ‘Sport’ mode, the suspension is set to a harder damper rating. On uneven roads, PASM immediately switches to a softer rating within the ‘Sport’ setup range, thereby improving contact between the wheels and the road. When the road surface improves, PASM automatically reverts to the original, harder rating.

If ‘Normal’ mode is selected and the driver’s style becomes more assertive, PASM automatically switches to a harder rating within the ‘Normal’ setup range. Damping becomes harder, and driving stability and road safety are increased.

Sports Chrono Package Plus

The Boxster combines open-top driving with performance which at Porsche has its origins on the racetrack.

As an option, for both models we offer the Sport Chrono Package which enables even sportier tuning of the chassis and engine and guarantees even more driving pleasure.

Selecting the ‘Sport’ button on the centre console activates ‘Sport’ mode, which makes throttle response significantly more immediate, adjusts the rev-limiter to a harder setting, tunes the engine dynamics for performance driving and activates the optional sports exhaust system.

The optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) also switches to ‘Sport’ mode, which offers harder damping and more direct steering and, therefore, better road holding.

With the optional PDK in automatic mode, gearshift points are delayed until the upper rev range. The shift times are shorter, the gear changes sportier. At low rates of deceleration, the system initiates a swifter, brake-induced downshift. In manual mode, gear changes are faster and more dynamic.

In ‘Sport’ mode, the PSM intervenes later for increased longitudinal and lateral dynamics. PSM now affords greater manoeuvrability under braking and exit acceleration, especially at low speeds.

For maximum dexterity, PSM can be set to standby while the car is still in ‘Sport’ mode. For safety, it is set to intervene automatically only when ABS assistance is required on both the front wheels.

A key component of the Sport Chrono Package is the swivel-mounted timer in the centre of the dashboard with analogue and digital display. In combination with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), the Sport Chrono Package offers two additional functions that are activated by the Sport Plus button.

First, ‘Launch Control’, which ensures you achieve the fastest possible rate of acceleration from a standing start – on the race track, for example. ‘Launch Control’ is operated via the Sport Plus button with the ‘D’ or ‘M’ drive position selected. Whilst the driver depresses the brake pedal with the left foot, the right foot depresses the accelerator pedal to the floor. With the accelerator in the kickdown position, the system detects the driver’s request for Launch Mode and revs the engine to an optimum speed of approximately 6,500 rpm. Engine torque increases and the clutch closes slightly. The message ‘Launch Control active’ appears on the instrument cluster display. The driver now quickly releases the brake – and prepares for maximum acceleration.

Second, the ‘motorsport-derived gearshift strategy’. Using this, PDK is geared up for maximum shift speed, the shortest possible shift times and optimum shift points for maximum acceleration – ideal for the racetrack.

On request, the new, optional Porsche Communication Management (PCM) can be combined with the Sport Chrono Package Plus. In addition to the functions of the Sport Chrono Package, it includes a personal memory function in the new PCM and a performance display for evaluating lap times.

Steering

What use is a perfect suspension setup without perfectly tuned steering? For Porsche, this would be inconceivable. The solution is a steering system which is as precise and immediate as the chassis itself and, thanks to the power assistance, steering effort is reduced to a comfortable level. Around the straight-ahead position, such as during motorway driving, the ratio is less direct but with no loss of agility or feedback.

The greater the steering angle, the more direct the steering ratio. This is particularly noticeable when turning tight corners or parking. The car has a turning circle of just 11.1 m.

 

Wheels + TPM

A new range of wheels ensures improved driving performance and comfort on both models. The new Boxster is fitted with 17-inch wheels in a new open five-spoke design, and the new Boxster S has new 18-inch wheels with a dynamic sporty look. Wheels up to 19 inches are available for both models on request. All available wheels are equipped with anti-theft protection.

Specifically for the cold season, winter tyres and snow chains are available from the Porsche Tequipment accessory range.

The latest optional Tyre Pressure Monitoring (TPM), sends warnings to the on-board computer’s display screen in the event of low tyre pressure.

The driver can check the pressure in all four tyres via the instrument cluster. The system now updates even faster, whenever the tyre pressures are corrected or a wheel is changed – for increased comfort and safety.

Dynamic Cornering Lights

The new Boxster models are all fitted with sophisticated halogen headlights with LED position lights integrated separately into the front light unit with integral fog lights above the outer air intakes.

LED technology is now also used in the taillight unit to provide better illumination and respond more quickly to driver input. Further benefits are that LED bulbs are energy saving and have a longer life than conventional bulbs. The design is unmistakable, both day and night.

Available as an option for both Boxster models are Bi-Xenon headlights which include dynamic cornering lights and LED daytime running lights.

Bi-Xenon headlights are brighter than halogen headlights so that they offer improved visibility and they illuminate the road more evenly. In fact, they are so effective that separate fog lights are no longer necessary. A headlight cleaning system is built-in.

New dynamic cornering lights offer particularly effective illumination of the road ahead, particularly through bends. Sensors continuously monitor the speed, lateral acceleration and steering lock and, from these variables, calculate the course of the bend. This determines the angle of the dynamic cornering lights, with the lights able to swivel into the corners up to a limit of 15 degrees, even with main beam switched on.

Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake

On request, we can equip your Boxster S with a brake system that has already had to cope with the harshest requirements of motorsport: the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB).

The ceramic brake discs have a diameter of 350 mm front and rear – for extremely powerful braking. The brake discs are formed from a specially treated carbon-fibre compound that is silicated in a high-vacuum process at approximately 1,700˚C. Not only are the resulting discs much harder than standard discs, they are more resistant to heat. The low thermal expansion of the brake discs prevents deformation under heavy braking. Furthermore, the ceramic brake discs are totally resistant to corrosion and offer more favourable noise-damping properties.

Six-piston aluminium monobloc fixed calipers on the front axle and four-piston units at the rear provide a high and constant brake pressure. The pedal response is fast and precise with only moderate input required.

All the necessary ingredients are there for a short braking distance, even in the toughest conditions. Moreover, safety under braking at high speeds is increased thanks to the excellent fade resistance of PCCB.

The key advantage of PCCB is that the brake discs are approximately 50% lighter than standard discs of similar design and size. A factor that helps to reduce unsprung and rotating masses on the vehicle. The consequence of this is better road holding and increased comfort, particularly on uneven roads, as well as greater agility and improved handling.

Please note that circuit racing, trackday use and other forms of performance driving can significantly reduce the service life of even the most durable brake pads and discs. We recommend that all brake components be professionally inspected and replaced where necessary after every track event.

Air Bags

Both Boxster models are fitted as standard with an airbag system comprising two full-size front airbags as well as dedicated head and thorax airbags (POSIP) on each side. This arrangement ensures optimum upper-body protection, even when the hood is open. For added comfort and safety, the three-point belts have integrated force limiters and pretensioners.

Porsche Stability Management

PSM, which comes as standard, is an automatic control system that stabilises the vehicle at the limits of dynamic driving performance. Sensors continuously monitor driving direction, speed, yaw velocity and lateral acceleration. Using this information, PSM computes the actual direction of motion. If this direction deviates from the desired course, PSM initiates braking interventions targeted at individual wheels in order to stabilise the vehicle.

Under acceleration on wet or low-grip road surfaces, PSM improves traction using the ABD (automatic brake differential) and ASR (anti-slip regulation) functions, giving an agile response. When ‘Sport’ mode is selected on the optional Sport Chrono Packages, the PSM intervention threshold is raised to enable greater driver involvement – particularly at speeds of up to approximately 70 km/h (45 mph). The integral ABS can further reduce the braking distance.

For an even sportier drive, PSM can be deactivated. However, it is automatically reactivated for your safety if either of the front wheels (in ‘Sport’ mode, both of the front wheels) requires ABS assistance. ABD remains permanently active.

PSM has been enhanced and now includes two additional functions: precharging of the brake system, and brake assist. If you suddenly release the accelerator pedal, PSM automatically readies the braking system. With the braking system having been precharged, the brake pads are already in light contact with the brake discs. Maximum braking power is therefore achieved much sooner. When sudden braking is detected, the brake assist function applies maximum brake pressure to all four wheels.

Seats

The standard seats with centre upholstered in Alcantara offer a high degree of comfort with good lateral support and optimised under-seat suspension. Through bends, your seat gives you a feeling of security without restriction. The seats are equipped as standard with manual height and fore/aft adjustment and an electric backrest adjustment, enabling virtually every driver to find the ideal seat position, regardless of physical build.

Comfort seats with electric fore/ aft, height, backrest and lumbar support adjustment are available as an option. The tilt angle of the seat squab is also electrically adjustable. The memory function supports the exterior mirrors and all seat positions on the driver’s side. Using the control switches in the door panel, it is possible to restore one of two personalised settings. Additionally, you can store a further seat position in each of the ignition keys. As soon as you unlock the door using the key remote, the driver’s seat and exterior mirrors resume their stored position.

The optional sports seats have firmer leather upholstery than the standard design. Higher side bolsters on the seat squab and backrest provide additional lateral support. The seat height and fore/aft position are adjusted manually, the backrest electrically.

The optional adaptive sports seats in leather upholstery combine excellent comfort with first-rate track performance.

Along with all the adjustment features of the comfort seats, the side bolsters on the seat surface and backrest are individually electrically adjustable, for increased comfort on long journeys and tailor-made lateral support through bends or on the racetrack. The memory function supports the exterior mirrors and all driver’s seat positions, apart from the side bolsters.

For the ultimate sports experience, you could opt for sports bucket seats with a folding backrest, integral thorax airbag and manual fore/aft adjustment. The backrest shell is made from glass/carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic and has a stylish carbon-weave finish. The backrest pivots are positioned high in the side bolsters to provide lateral support to the pelvic region characteristic of a race seat. The seat upholstery is offered in all available leather types and colours.

As an option, all compatible seats – apart from sports bucket seats – can be equipped with two-level seat heating. Seat ventilation for the standard seats and comfort seats is also available as an option (only in conjunction with heated seats, automatic climate control, and part- or full-leather interior). A slipstream effect evaporates perspiration moisture – for a comfortable seating environment. Ventilation intensity can be set to any of three levels.

* Child restraint systems must not be used in conjunction with sports bucket seats

Porsche Communication Management

On request, the Boxster models can be equipped with the latest PCM. As the central control unit for audio, navigation and communications, it is now even more multifunctional and ergonomically operated.

The main feature is the 6.5-inch colour touchscreen with a durable, easy-to-clean coating. Functional, innovative and easy to use, you will find the display very clearly presented and a maximum of five list entries per page enable you to operate the unit quickly and safely. However, you can also choose to operate the PCM using conventional button controls.

Radio functions include up to 48 memory presets and an FM dual tuner frequency diversity with RDS, which continuously scans in the background for the best signal.

The integrated single CD/DVD drive – in combination with the optional BOSE® Surround Sound System – is now able to play back music from audio and video DVDs in the 5.1 discrete surround format. An integrated six-disc CD/DVD autochanger with MP3 compatibility is also available as an option for the PCM.

The GPS navigation module included with the optional PCM now has an internal hard drive containing maps for most European countries.

A touchscreen enables rapid destination input and instant viewing of traffic information and points of interest (POIs) by simply allowing you to touch the symbols on the map. Route diversions, e.g. the nearest service stations, can therefore be incorporated quickly and easily into the current route guidance.

When viewing a map, it is possible to select between a new 3D perspective and the 2D display. At motorway exits, graphical turn indications are displayed for better orientation. In splitscreen mode, you can choose to display not only the current map overview, but also a list of icons that represent dynamic route guidance.

The optional electronic logbook enables automatic recording of relevant driving data. Once you have downloaded the logbooks via Bluetooth® or the optional USB interface, you can evaluate them on your home PC using the software supplied (software complies with all statutory requirements for automatic logbooks as specified by the German revenue authorities).

A TV tuner, available as a option, receives analogue and digital broadcasts (DVB-T) and provides entertainment between journeys. For your safety, the TV picture cannot be displayed while the vehicle is in motion.

Almost all of the functions of the PCM can be controlled using the latest optional voice control system with word-by-word input. The menu item is read aloud exactly as it is displayed on the screen and the voice control system recognises commands or sequences of numbers, whoever the speaker. It then gives an audible acknowledgement and carries out the functions you request. There is no need to ‘train’ the system.

Available as an option, the GSM telephone module offers convenience and excellent reception. By inserting a SIM card directly into the PCM’s integral SIM card reader, calls can be made using either the hands-free facility or the optionally available cordless handset. For even more convenience, the Bluetooth® capability of a mobile phone can be used to make calls through the SIM Access Profile (SAP).

Once automatic pairing is complete, the mobile phone’s aerial is switched off to conserve battery charge and the phone operates via the car aerial. Depending on the type of mobile phone, this gives access not only to the numbers on the SIM card, but also to the phone’s internal memory. The mobile phone can be controlled entirely using the PCM without it ever leaving your pocket.

Bluetooth

To enable a Bluetooth® connection for those mobile phones that only support the Handsfree Profile (HFP), an optional mobile phone preparation is available. With HFP, the PCM or CDR-30 acts merely as a hands-free system. Here, too, you can leave the mobile phone tucked away in your pocket. However, the PCM or CDR-30 is able to control only the basic functions of the mobile phone. The GSM connection is established through the aerial of the mobile phone. The mobile phone preparation is available with or without a mounting bracket.

Bose Surround System

The optional BOSE® Surround Sound-System is compatible with both the CDR-30 audio system, which comes as standard, and the optionally available PCM. Developed specifically for Porsche, it has been optimised for the Boxster models. A total of 11 loudspeakers, including an active subwoofer and central speaker, and a seven-channel digital amplifier with a rated output of 385 watts, combine to produce a truly memorable sound experience.

During audio playback from audio or video DVDs (only with the optional PCM), the system is now able to make full use of the impressive sound spectrum of 5.1 digital recordings. With music in the 5.1 format, the sound has already been recorded in a multi-channel format and is faithfully reproduced exactly as the original.

Five dedicated audio channels (front left, front right, centre, surround left, surround right) deliver a sound that is as authentic as it is natural. The digital 5.1 surround sound is balanced, lifelike and crystal clear. It’s a sound that’s as true to a live performance or cinematic experience as you can get.

Of course, you can still play traditional music sources such as CDs (only format supported by CDR-30), either in stereo or in one of the surround modes generated by the patented BOSE® Centerpoint® system. The algorithm of Centerpoint® II extracts an even more precise and realistic sound from the stereo signal.

The SurroundStage® signal processing circuitry developed by BOSE® assigns each individual audio channel, whether sourced from a DVD or generated by Centerpoint®, to a selected combination of loudspeakers and is therefore able to deliver an optimally balanced surround sound experience to both seat positions.

To complement these features, the BOSE® Surround Sound-System offers a comprehensive selection of equaliser presets for customised sound. The dynamic loudness function increases bass levels as you decrease the volume, thereby compensating for the decreasing sensitivity of the human ear at these frequencies. Moreover, the AudioPilot® Noise Compensation Technology uses a microphone to continuously measure the ambient noise inside the vehicle and adapts music playback automatically so that a consistent sound is maintained in all driving conditions.

The BOSE® Surround Sound-System. A genuine – perhaps the only – alternative to the characteristic engine sound.

Exhaust Emission Control

Both engines comply with stringent emission standards, including EU5 in Europe and ULEV in the USA. Vehicles manufactured by Porsche demonstrate that even high-performance sportscars can achieve very low emission values in their respective category. In short, the new Boxster is not only extremely sporty, it is also very clean.

This is achieved by means of a two-stage cascade-type catalytic converter which comprises two monolith substrates on each of the twin exhaust tracts. These specially coated substrates contain ultra-fine honeycomb channels in which pollutants are converted as exhaust gas passes through.

The stereo lambda control circuitry controls and monitors each cylinder bank separately, while another lambda sensor on each cylinder bank monitors pollutant conversion in the respective catalytic converter.

Recycling

At Porsche, a fundamental aspect of design is intelligent lightweight construction. For both economical and ecological reasons. This forms the basis for low fuel consumption values in conjunction with outstanding performance.

It is economical thanks to the high proportion of aluminium cast alloys, plastics and super high-strength sheet steel used. This is substantially lighter and more stable than conventional steel. In the Boxster models approximately 20% of components are made from lightweight alloys. We use only innovative and environmentally friendly components, and each material is labelled to facilitate its separation for recycling. Recycled plastics are used where they meet exacting technical requirements. In all, the new Boxster models are approximately 85% recyclable.

In addition, Porsche uses only environmentally friendly water-based paints. The Boxster models are absolutely free of asbestos, CFCs and components manufactured using CFCs. This is because, here at Porsche, environmental protection does not begin at the end of a vehicle’s life. It starts at the planning and development stage.

Fuel

The new Boxster models are already designed to operate on fuels with an ethanol content of up to 10%. Ethanol has a positive impact on the CO2 balance since the plants cultivated for the production of this biofuel also absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.

The release of hydrocarbons from the fuel system has been minimised thanks to the active carbon filter and a special coating on the fuel tank. All fuel lines are made of aluminium, while vapour-carrying lines are made from multi-layered plastic.

Acoustics

The new Boxster models comply with all applicable noise regulations without any form of engine encapsulation. To achieve this, noises are eliminated at source. Engine parts are stiff, moving parts are lightweight and tolerances are kept to a minimum. Large-volume silencers and resonators in the air intake system minimise noise further. For the entire service life of the vehicle.

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