September 8, 2004
Porsche reveals details about 2005 Boxster
Atlanta, Georgia – Porsche disclosed the first information available on its 2005
Boxster and the Boxster S. Both models feature styling changes, more powerful
engines, handling enhancements, and greater active and passive safety.
The revised styling is highlighted by larger front and side air intakes, new head and
front lamp treatments, more aggressive doorsills, and larger side windows.
While the size of the Boxster’s 2.7-litre and the Boxster S’s 3.2-litre flat-six
cylinder engines remain unchanged, both have horsepower increases. The Boxster jumps
from 225 to 240 horsepower, while the Boxster S increases from 258 to 280 horsepower
and is the most powerful engine yet offered in the Boxster model line. The Boxster
accelerates from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.9 seconds while the Boxster S achieves it
in 5.2 seconds.
These engines are mated to a revised five-speed manual transmission in the Boxster
and a new six-speed manual gearbox in the Boxster S. Both models can still be
equipped with the optional five-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission system.
Handling on both previous Boxster models has been enhanced with the addition of
variable ratio power steering, improved chassis and body stiffness, wider wheel
alignment, and larger wheels and tires. The Boxster and Boxster S now have standard
17-inch and 18-inch wheels and tires, respectively, but both can be fitted with
optional 19-inch wheels and tires.
The Boxster and Boxster S are the first roadsters in the world with head airbags. In
combination with thorax airbags, which are concealed on the outer
side of the seatbacks, the head airbags deploy from the side window rails in the
doors, helping to provide a high level of head protection.