Porsche Boxster 981 (2012-2016)
Date of unveil by Porsche AG: January 12, 2012, GTS: March 19, 2014, Spyder: April 1, 2015
Premiere: March 6, 2012 Geneva Motor Show, GTS: April 20, 2014 Auto China in Beijing, Spyder: April 1, 2015 New York Auto Show
Market launch: April 14, 2012 (as a 2013 model), GTS: May 2014, Spyder: July 2015
|Modification||Engine||kW||lb-ft||Nm||Brakes||Gearbox||60 mph||100 km/h||100 mph||200 km/h||mph||km/h||DIN weight||Power to weight|
|Boxster 981||2.7B6||195||206||280||315/299 mm||manual 6-speed||5.5 sec.||5.8 sec.||164||264||1310 kg
|PDK 7-speed||5.4 sec.||5.7 sec.||162||262||1340 kg
|Boxster 981 S||3.4B6||232||266||360||330/299 mm||manual 6-speed||4.8 sec.||5.1 sec.||173||279||1320 kg
|PDK 7-speed||4.7 sec.||5.0 sec.||172||277||1350 kg
|Boxster 981 GTS||3.4B6||243||272||370||330/299 mm||manual 6-speed||4.7 sec.||5.0 sec.||175||281||1345 kg
|PDK 7-speed||4.6 sec.||4.9 sec.||173||279||1375 kg
|Boxster 981 Spyder||3.8B6||276||309||420||340/330 mm||manual 6-speed||4.2 sec.||4.5 sec.||9.5 sec.||14.8 sec.||180||290||1315 kg
Never before in the history of the Boxster was a change of generation so comprehensive. The 981 has lower weight (minus 25-35 kg / 55-77 lb depending on the modification, compared to 987.2), is longer (+32 mm / 1.3"), has much longer wheelbase (+60 mm / 2.4") and is lower (-10 mm / 0.4"). Width is the only dimension that stayed exactly the same. The engine in the Boxster S is basically the same 3.4-litre unit that was in the 987.2 Boxster S, just +4 kW, but the engine in the standard Boxster is again a 2.7-litre unit compared to the 2.9-litre in the 987.2. Still, the power has been increased by +7 kW.
With the comparable equipment level (2-zone AC, leather seats, interior surveillance), the Boxster S is 39% cheaper than the 991 Carrera Cabriolet. You think the Porsche rear seats are expensive, but this is Porsche's way to fight the overpopulation, the greatest threath to the mankind. With the Boxster GTS the power-to-weight ratio is even better than on the 991 Carrera Cabriolet.
Comparison Boxster 981 GTS vs. 911 991 Carrera Cabriolet
|Porsche||No. of seats||Gearbox||Engine||kW||lb-ft||Nm||100 km/h||mph||km/h||kg||lb||W/lb||W/kg|
|Boxster 981 GTS||2 seats||manual 6-speed||3.4B6||243||272||370||5.0 sec.||175||281||1345||2965||82.0||181|
|911 991 Carrera Cabriolet||4 seats||manual 7-speed||3.4B6||257||287||390||5.0 sec.||178||286||1450||3197||80.4||177|
Manual gearbox or PDK?
The PDK gearbox adds significant weight to the car, but with its 7-speeds it is almost as fast on the race track as the manual one. The fun factor is naturally lower with the PDK than with the manual one. You would expect the PDK serve better in the city traffic, but actually it is unresponsive as the cars with PDK are programmed to use ultra low engine rpm. To overcome the laziness, you have to activate the Sport-regime every time you start the engine. Then again, don't expect the car to consume less fuel than the manual one. The low fuel consumption figures with PDK are achieved with driving style not typical to the Porsche driver. With natural driving style there is no fuel consumption benefit to the PDK gearbox. To use the technology of the PDK to the full on the race track, you have to specify the car with the Sport Chrono package. Not because of the silly stop watch on the dashboard, but because of the Sport Plus button which you would need on the race track if you prefer to drive in the fully automatic mode. The Sport Chrono package also includes the Launch Control system.
The gear changes with the PDK are eyeblink-quick when you change one gear at the time. If, for example, you want to change from 4th to 2nd, the gear change takes time as the gears are on the same shaft and the power must first be shifted to the other shaft before the gear change can be carried out.
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