Porsche Boxster 981 (2012-...)
- Date of unveil by Porsche AG:
- January 12, 2012
- Date and place of world premiere:
- March 6, 2012 Geneva Motor Show
- Date of world-wide market launch:
- April 14, 2012
|Modification||Gearbox||Engine||Power||Torque||0-60 mph||0-100 km/h||Vmax||Weight||Power-to-weight|
|Boxster 981||manual 6-speed||2.7B6||195 kW||280 Nm / 206 lb.-ft.||5.5 sec.||5.8 sec.||264 km/h / 164 mph||1310 kg / 2888 lbs.||149 W/kg / 67.5 W/lbs|
|PDK 7-speed||2.7B6||195 kW||280 Nm / 206 lb.-ft.||5.4 sec.||5.7 sec.||262 km/h / 162 mph||1340 kg / 2954 lbs.||146 W/kg / 66.0 W/lbs|
|Boxster 981 S||manual 6-speed||3.4B6||232 kW||360 Nm / 266 lb.-ft.||4.8 sec.||5.1 sec.||279 km/h / 173 mph||1320 kg / 2910 lbs.||176 W/kg / 79.7 W/lbs|
|PDK 7-speed||3.4B6||232 kW||360 Nm / 266 lb.-ft.||4.7 sec.||5.0 sec.||277 km/h / 172 mph||1350 kg / 2976 lbs.||172 W/kg / 78.0 W/lbs|
Never before in the history of the Boxster was a change of generation so comprehensive. It has lower weight (minus 25-35 kg / 55-77 lbs depending on the modification, compared to 987mk2), is longer (+32 mm / 1.3"), has much longer wheelbase (+60 mm / 2.4") and is lower (-10 mm / 0.4"). Width is exactly the same. The engine in the Boxster S is basically the same 3.4-litre as was in the 987mk2 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 987mk2 Boxster. Still, the power has been increased +7 kW.
Boxster 981 S vs. 911 991 Carrera Cabriolet - let the numbers speak!
|Porsche||No. of seats||Gearbox||Engine||kW||lb-ft||Nm||0-60 mph||0-100 km/h||mph||km/h||kg||lbs||W/lbs||W/kg|
|Boxster 981 S||2 seats||manual 6-speed||3.4B6||232||266||360||4.8 sec.||5.1 sec.||173||279||1320||2910||79.7||176|
|991 Carrera Cabriolet||4 seats||manual 7-speed||3.4B6||257||287||390||4.8 sec.||5.0 sec.||178||286||1450||3197||80.4||177|
The Boxster 981 production started in Porsche's main factory in Stuttgart in the beginning of 2012. On September 19, 2012, the production was also started in Volkswagen's plant in Osnabrück to have more production capacity for 911 in Stuttgart. In Osnabrück a small plant was opened in March 2011 for VW Golf Cabriolet production and for future production of Porsche 981 Boxster and Cayman. This is not the first time that vehicles have been produced for Porsche here. For example, in the 1960s 356 Hardtop Coupé bodies were made here, 1969-1975 914 was produced here and in the 1990s the bodies for 968 were made. From the start of the 981 production in Stuttgart, Volkswagen Osnabrück GmbH has been supplying the rear and side parts of the car.
Initially, the 981 production was agreed with Magna Steyr car factory in Graz, Austria, but after Volkswagen's takeover, their own plant was naturally chosen.
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