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Will Your New Porsche Boxster Be Built By Volkswagen? 19
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2012 Porsche Boxster, Automotive, Kurt, News, porsche on 03 19th, 2012

Porsche's new Boxster. Image: Porsche AG

Attention, brand snobs: your 2012 Porsche Boxster may come wearing a Porsche crest on the hood, but that doesn’t mean it was lovingly assembled by Porsche’s craftsmen in Stuttgart. In fact, it’s likely that your new roadster was assembled (with equal care) by line workers in Volkswagen overalls, at the company’s Osnabrueck, Germany plant. While some Boxster models will be assembled in Stuttgart, Wards Auto (via Left Lane News) reports that overflow production will go to the former Karmann plant now owned by VW.

There’s really nothing new about this strategy, as Porsche had previously contracted with Finnish company Valmet to build the previous generations (986 and 987) of Boxster. Valmet is perhaps best known for building the extended-range EV Fisker Karma under license for Fisker, but the company previously handled contract production of both the Porsche Boxster and the Porsche Cayman.

Volkswagen and Porsche have a lengthy history of cooperative products, including such cars as the Porsche 914 (ofter referred to as the “VolksPorsche”) and, later, the Porsche 924 (which Volkswagen ultimately withdrew support of, leaving Porsche to finish development on its own). Currently, Volkswagen owns 49.9-percent of Porsche, and there’s on-again, off-again talk of an entry level roadster to be shared between Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi.

Porsche Announces Lighter, More Powerful Boxster 12
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2012 Porsche Boxster, 2012 Porsche Boxster S, Automotive, Kurt, News, porsche on 01 12th, 2012

The 2012 Porsche Boxster and Boxster S. Image: Porsche AG

When it comes to mid-engine, rear drive roadsters, Porsche’s Boxster and Boxster S have long been the standard for agility and handing. As good as the cars have been over the years, Porsche isn’t an automaker to rest on its laurels. Now that the rollout of the new 911 has begun, the Stuttgart-based automaker has turned it’s attention towards launching a new generation of Boxster roadster.

Porsche calls this update the most extensive in the Boxster’s history, and the new car benefits from a completely new body, riding on a chassis that’s longer in wheelbase and wider in track. Porsche isn’t giving specifics, but it calls the new Boxster and Boxster S models “considerably lower weight” than the cars they will replace.

The 2012 Porsche Boxster. Image: Porsche AG

The engines are revamped, too. The Boxster gets a 2.7-liter flat-six, now derived from the Boxster S (but presumably with a shorter stroke) and good for 265 horsepower. Compared to the 2.9-liter flat-six in the current Boxster, that’s a gain of ten horsepower, yet the new car is up to 15 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing one. In the Boxster S, the new 3.4-liter engine is good for an additional five horsepower, yet returns similar fuel savings.

The 2012 Porsche Boxster S. Image: Porsche AG

Equipped with Porsche’s PDK gearbox (which delivers both maximum performance and the best fuel economy), the new Boxster manages the run from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds, with the Boxster S doing the same in 5 seconds flat. That’s no different that the current generation, which is surprising given the new car’s lower weight and (slightly) increased output.

The 2012 Porsche Boxster S. Image: Porsche AG

Porsche has adopted electromechanical steering in the new Boxster (as on the new 911), but we see that as a good thing. The car also gets a start-stop system for increased city fuel economy, and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical rear locking differential for maximum traction in all conditions.

Pricing for the U.S. market hasn’t been set, and neither has an availability date. The new models go on sale in Germany next April, so we’d expect to see them on this side of the pond in the third quarter of 2012.