Porsche Boxster 987.2 (2009-2012)Date of unveil by Porsche AG: November 18, 2008
Premiere: November 19, 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show
Market launch: February 2009
|2.9 188 kW|
|S 3.4 228 kW|
|S Black Edition 3.4 235 kW|
|Spyder 3.4 235 kW (link to dedicated article)|
Technical specification and comparison
|Modification||Engine||Power||Torque||Gearbox||60 mph||100 km/h||100 mph||200 km/h||Top speed||DIN weight|
|Boxster 987.2||2.9B6||188 kW||213 lb-ft / 290 Nm||manual 6-speed||5.9 sec.||13.6 sec.||22.3 sec.||163 mph / 263 km/h||1335 kg / 2943 lb|
|PDK 7-speed||*5.6/5.8 sec.||*13.1/13.4 sec.||22.1 sec.||162 mph / 261 km/h||1365 kg / 3009 lb|
|Boxster 987.2 S||3.4B6||228 kW||265 lb-ft / 360 Nm||manual 6-speed||5.3 sec.||11.6 sec.||18.4 sec.||170 mph / 274 km/h||1355 kg / 2987 lb|
|PDK 7-speed||*5.0/5.2 sec.||*11.1/11.4 sec.||18.2 sec.||169 mph/ 272 km/h||1380 kg / 3042 lb|
|Boxster 987.2 S
|3.4B6||235 kW||272 lb-ft / 370 Nm||manual 6-speed||5.2 sec.||172 mph / 276 km/h|
|PDK 7-speed||*4.9/5.1 sec.||170 mph/ 274 km/h|
|Boxster 987.1 S||3.4B6||217 kW||250 lb-ft / 340 Nm||manual 6-speed||5.1 sec.||5.4 sec.||11.8 sec.||18.8 sec.||169 mph / 272 km/h||1355 kg / 2987 lb|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||5.8 sec.||6.1 sec.||13.6 sec.||21.8 sec.||164 mph / 264 km/h||1395 kg / 3075 lb|
Considering the technical and visual change of the Boxster from 987.1-generation to 987.2, it was extensive enough not to call it a "facelift". The 987.2 looks really good, only the rear lamps are questionable. The base version got 0.5" wider standard wheels (17"). For the first time in Boxster history the brake discs have the same diameter on the Boxster and the Boxster S. The difference is in rear disc thickness and in caliper color - black for the 2.9-litre and red for the 3.4-litre version. The PSM Porsche Stability Management was developed further. When the driver lets go of the gas pedal very quickly – which is typical of an upcoming emergency braking – the PSM builds up a level of brake pressure before the driver's foot lands on the brake pedal, moving the brake pads slightly towards the discs for immediate action. This shortens the stopping distance. A new option was the seat ventilation (for both the standard seats and the fully electric seats).
New engines were constructed - now with DFI Direct Fuel Injection. The base model got a 2.9-litre flat-6 instead of the 2.7-litre. In the DFI engine inlet valves control only the air flow into the combustion chambers and gasoline is injected directly into the cylinders which provides better efficiency (= lower fuel consumption). Another improvement was the integrated dry-sump lubrication system. The 986/987.1 wet sump engines were vulnerable to lateral forces (among other design flaws they had). The DFI Boxsters got the power and torque rise, but it wasn't very significant. The 3436 cc DFI engine in the Boxster S was set to produce 228 kW @ 6400 rpm. Less than 3 years later, the same engine was used in the 911 991 Carrera where its power was not governed by marketing strategies and it could pump out 257 kW @7400 rpm.
PDK 7-speed transmission and Sport Plus mode
The earlier 5-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox was replaced with 10 kg/22 lb lighter 7-speed PDK double-clutch gearbox. PDK stands for Porsche DoppelKupplung (Porsche Double Clutch). The 7th speed is for lowering the fuel consumption and its long ratio means that engine revolutions are reduced to the extent that for the top speed 6th gear must be used. While the PDK didn't bring any benefits for the city drivers (theorethically Tiptronic might even act smoother), the PDK in Sport Plus mode excels on the race track. The Sport Plus race track mode and the Launch Control are part of the optional Sport Chrono package. The cars fitted with Sport Chrono pack can be idenitifed by the stopwatch on the dashboard. While the Sport Chrono pack is a must for a PDK-equipped track day car, the stopwatch on the dashboard is completely useless, an obstruction. While the earlier Tiptronic automatic was awful for track day use, PDK in Sport Plus mode makes an average driver perform really well on the track day. The Launch Control function in the Sport Chrono pack provides maximum acceleration from a standing start. To activate the Launch Control function, Sport Plus mode must be on, brake pedal must be fully depressed and then accelerator pedal must be fully depressed. The engine revs to 6500 rpm, the clutch closes slightly and the message ‘Launch Control ’ appears in the display on the PDK steering wheel. Now, the driver has to release the brake pedal quickly in order to minimally wear the clutch. On the paper the cars with PDK and Launch Control seem to accelerate better than the manual gearbox cars, but the times are ET (elapsed time), which does not include preparation time and in real life street race manual gearbox cars have better chances to win the drag race. The feeling of skillfully operating a manual gearbox Porsche sportscar is something that will probably remain the biggest part of the unforgettable Porsche experience.
Standard for all cars and not depending on the transmission type, the system assists the driver in making a smooth start on an incline. If the gear is engaged, the brake pressure is maintained 2 seconds after the footbrake is released. The vehicle is therefore temporarily prevented from rolling backwards. Brake pressure is reduced if sufficient revs have been generated.
Black Edition is not anything special. It was a last model year offering, basically an equipment package consisting of typical options (bi-xenon lights with dynamic cornering lights, automatic AC, cruise control, navigation system, bluetooth, Sound Package Plus, audio interface, anti-dazzle mirrors, rain sensor, wind deflector, 19" wheels). Visually the Black Edition cars can be identified by everything in black: the body, roof, Boxster Spyder wheels, model lettering, exhaust pipes, roll-over bars, dashboard the trim strip etc.
Article © James Herne / Stuttcars.com
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