What Changed for 2009:
- Freshened front and rear fascia with new LED illumination
- New direct-injection engines
- New dual-clutch \"PDK\" transmission
- Revised suspension
- Upgraded infotainment system with iPod integration
- Available ceramic brake upgrade
- New ventilated seat option
The Porsche Boxster was first introduced as a 1997 model. A 2-passenger roadster with a soft convertible roof, the name Boxster referred to its horizontally-opposed flat-six \"boxer\" engine-an engine layout shared with the venerable Porsche 911. Sharing many components with the 911 at the time, the Porsche designated \"Type 986\" Boxster offered excellent handling and braking thanks to its mid-engine design. In 2005, Porsche significantly updated the Boxster with thorough changes to the engine, interior and exterior. Still sharing more than 50 percent of its components with the 911, Porsche claimed the updated Boxster was 80 percent new. This necessitated a new internal designation, the \"Type 987.\" For the 2009 model year, Porsche has significantly upgraded both models of the Boxster (base and performance \"S\") once again. They receive an exterior facelift including new LED running lights and tail lamps, two new engines, new dual-clutch transmission, and a host of other improvements that once again raise the bar on its performance level.
Porsche offers a standard 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty on the 2009 Boxster. A roadside assistance program mirrors the duration of the limited warranty, while a limited corrosion warranty extends a full 10 years, regardless of mileage.
Porsche is offering two Boxster models for 2009: Boxster and Boxster S. Each 2-passenger roadster features a power-operated soft top with a heated rear window that can be raised and lowered at speeds up to approximately 30 mph, the manufacturer says (a hard top is available as a dealer accessory). The rear window is heated glass. While both models have few peers in their segment, the Boxster S differentiates itself from the standard model with its larger and more powerful engine, recalibrated suspension, stronger brakes, and wider wheels and tires to achieve even higher levels of performance.
All Boxster models for 2009 feature a long list of standard equipment, including power windows and locks, cruise control, and an on-board computer. Option packages include the DVD-based Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. It has been upgraded for 2009 with a new larger 6.5-inch touch-sensitive screen with fewer buttons to simplify its use. The optional Porsche Sound Package Plus comes with a radio, CD player and 9 speakers. The upgraded Bose Surround System audio package features a 7-channel digital amplifier and no fewer than 10 speakers. Other options include new ventilated seats with heating (they can be used simultaneously), and bi-Xenon adaptive headlamps. As is customary with Porsche, customers may also choose from a long list of optional seats, wheels, upholstery combinations and exterior colors to customize their Boxster.
While the cosmetic makeover aligns the coupe's appearance with the flagship Porsche 911 and its sibling Porsche Cayman, the big news for the Boxster in 2009 is hidden within the middle of the chassis-two new direct-injection powerplants. The standard Boxster is fitted with a 2.9-liter, horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine rated at 255 hp and 214 lb.-ft. of torque. The Boxster S features a 3.4-liter, horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine rated at 310 hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard transmission on both cars is a traditional 6-speed manual. Optional, and new for 2009, is the Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch automatic transmission. Depending on the driver-selected setting, the transmission can be programmed to act like a traditional automatic with soft shifts or sped up in \"sport mode\" for more aggressive shifting, according to Porsche. For driving on the track or under race conditions, the transmission offers \"launch control\" for its fastest acceleration mode. According to Porsche, the standard Boxster will accelerate to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds with the 6-speed manual transmission, and 5.8 seconds with the PDK transmission. Porsche claims that the Boxster will hit 163 mph without restrictions, and that the more powerful Boxster S model will pull itself to 62 mph in just 5.3 seconds with the 6-speed transmission, and 5.2 seconds with the PDK. The top speed of the Boxster S is 170 mph, the maker says. At writing, fuel-economy figures for the new engines had not been released.
The Boxster engines are all-aluminum, water-cooled, and mounted in the middle of the chassis (mid-mounted) for optimal handling and balance, Porsche says. The suspension on both models is independent front and rear with MacPherson struts and twin-tube gas-filled shock absorbers. The standard wheels are 17 inches in diameter and made of cast aluminum. The Boxster S models have wider, 18-inch wheels for more cornering grip, according to the manufacturer. On vehicles equipped with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the shock absorbers are actively controlled. The brakes on the Boxster are 4-wheel disc, featuring 4-piston aluminum monobloc calipers with cross-drilled inner-ventilated brake rotors. The Boxster S models feature an upgraded braking system with larger calipers and rotors. New for 2009, high-performance ceramic brakes are optional on the Boxster S model. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard on all 2009 Porsche Boxster models.
The 2-seat Boxster models are built with a lightweight, hot-galvanized, all-steel body shell. In addition to the standard 2-stage frontal air bags, all versions of the 2009 Boxster are equipped with 3-point inertia-reel seat belts with belt-latch tensioners and belt-force limiters. The standard Porsche Side Impact Protection (POSIP) system adds torso-protecting thorax side-impact air bags and special head-protecting side-impact air bags that deploy from the windowsills on each door. The Boxster and Boxster S are equipped with Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and the Porsche Tire Pressuring Monitoring System (TPMS) as standard equipment.
The 2009 Porsche Boxster has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The 2009 Porsche Boxster and Boxster S are available for the first time with a new double-clutch gearbox. Launched on the flagship 911 earlier in 2008, it is called the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (it translates from German to mean \"double clutch transmission\"), or simply PDK. The all-new 7-speed transmission replaces Porsche's traditional Tiptronic S automatic on both models. Based on racing technology pioneered by Porsche more than two decades ago, the PDK transmission features two parallel clutches designed to seamlessly switch between gears without any interruption of power. Porsche says this is a huge advantage to enthusiasts who will enjoy the quick shifts that PDK delivers. According to Porsche, the PDK transmission is so fast that it is able to accelerate 0-60 mph faster than a professional driver with a 6-speed manual transmission. Most important, the new transmission is more fuel-efficient than the transmission that it replaces.