2012 Porsche Boxster

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What's New for 2012:
- New S Black Edition trim level added to the lineup

Exterior Features
The 2012 Porsche Boxster is a 2-door roadster that comes with a soft top and is offered in four trim levels. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard.

Interior Features
The 2012 Porsche Boxster offers seating for 2 passengers and provides a combined total of 9.9 cubic feet of cargo space in both front and rear trunks. Base models come equipped with full power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, 4-speaker audio system, and partial leather upholstery. The new S Black Edition features black monochrome interior styling accents, automatic climate control, navigation system, and premium Bose audio system. The Boxster Spyder is stripped of most interior conveniences to save weight, even replacing door handles with cloth straps.

Optional Features
Porsche offers a wide range of options for the Boxster depending on trim level. Stand-alone options of note include a variety of aluminum wheels, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and heated seats. Some options are grouped into packages, such as the Infotainment package, which features a navigation system and premium sound system. The Convenience package adds a wind deflector, auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, and adaptive bi-Xenon headlights. The Sport Chrono package adds a sport button that modifies throttle response for improved performance, Porsche says.

Under the Hood
Porsche Boxster base models are fitted with a 2.9-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 255 horsepower, while S models are fitted with a 3.4-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 310 horsepower. Boxster S Black Edition and Spyder models come with the same engine as in the S model, but is tuned to generate 320 horsepower. All 2012 Boxsters are rear-wheel drive and come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, with a 7-speed automated manual available.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Porsche Boxster are:
- Boxster with 2.9-liter engine: 19-20/27-29/22-24 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Boxster with 3.4-liter, 310-horsepower engine: 19-20/26-29/22-23 mpg
- Boxster with 3.4-liter, 320-horsepower engine: 19-20/27-29/22-23 mpg

Standard safety features on the Porsche Boxster include roll bars and dual thorax and head side-impact air bags.

To date, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have tested the 2012 Porsche Boxster.


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  • Name 2dr Roadster Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 48100.00 Engine 2.9L/177 City/Hwy MPG 20/29
  • Name S (2dr Roadster) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 58600.00 Engine 3.4L/210 City/Hwy MPG 20/29
  • Name Spyder (2dr Roadster) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 61800.00 Engine 3.4L/210 City/Hwy MPG 20/29
  • Name S Black Edition (2dr Roadster) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 65200.00 Engine 3.4L/210 City/Hwy MPG 20/29
  • Leather pwr reclining bucket seats -inc: manual height & fore/aft adjustment
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel -inc: full color Porsche crest
  • Telescoping steering column
  • Instrumentation -inc: central tachometer, speedometer, oil pressure, oil temp, coolant temp, fuel, outside temp, trip odometer, clock
  • Trip computer
  • Pwr windows -inc: 1-touch up/down, anti-jam feature
  • Central locking system w/remote control
  • Remote unlocking front/rear trunks
  • HomeLink universal transmitter
  • Cruise control
  • Climate control w/carbon filter
  • Dash-mounted pop-out cupholders
  • (2) auxiliary pwr outlets
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob/hand brake grip
  • Center storage compartment
  • Alarm system
  • Sports bucket seats
  • Floor mats
  • Alcantara-wrapped shift knob/hand brake grip
  • 17" Boxster III aluminum wheels -inc: 17" x 7" aluminum front wheels, 17" x 8.5" aluminum rear wheels
  • P205/55ZR17 summer performance front tires
  • P235/50ZR17 summer performance rear tires
  • Pwr convertible top w/heated glass rear window
  • Speed-dependent rear spoiler
  • Halogen headlights w/integrated indicator
  • LED lights -inc: tail lights, brake lights, rear driver fog light
  • Front fog & parking lamps
  • Tinted glass
  • Heated pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent wipers w/heated washer nozzles
  • 18" Boxster S II wheels -inc: 18" x 8" aluminum front wheels, 18" x 9" aluminum rear wheels
  • P235/40ZR18 summer performance front tires
  • P265/40ZR18 summer performance rear tires
  • 19" Boxster Spyder aluminum wheels -inc: 19" x 8" aluminum front wheels, 19" x 9.5" aluminum rear wheels
  • P235/35ZR19 summer performance front tires
  • P265/35ZR19 summer performance rear tires
  • Black soft top
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • 2.9L DOHC SMFI horizontally-opposed 24-valve 6-cyl engine
  • VarioCam Plus continuously variable valve timing system
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Independent 4-wheel MacPherson strut suspension -inc: front coil springs, aluminum control arms
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Variable ratio pwr steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel vented disc brakes -inc: 4-piston fixed alloy calipers painted black, active brake differential
  • 3.4L DOHC SMFI horizontally-opposed 24-valve 6-cyl engine
  • Pwr 4-wheel vented disc brakes -inc: 4-piston fixed alloy calipers painted red, active brake differential
  • Design pkg w/sport exhaust system -inc: 19" Spyder wheels, wheels painted in black, mirrors in black, tail pipe in black, side air intake in black, air vent surround in black, roll-over bar in black, model designation on rear lid in black, trim strip panel in black, decorative trim on gear lever in black
  • Infotainment pkg w/Bose surround sound -inc: Porsche communication management (PCM), extended navigation module, XM radio
  • Convenience pkg -inc: bi-xenon w/dynamic cornering lights, wind deflector, auto climate control, Porsche crest on head rests, auto dimming interior & exterior mirrors w/rain sensor
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Automatic brake differential (ABD)
  • Porsche stability management (PSM)
  • Traction control (ASR)
  • Crumple-zone body structure
  • Driver & passenger front airbags -inc: front passenger on/off switch
  • Driver & passenger door mounted side-impact airbags
  • Driver & passenger door trim mounted head curtain airbags
  • 3-point seat belts w/pretensioners & load limiters
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Boron steel tubing around windshield
  • Integrated fixed supplemental safety bars -inc: soft-touch covering
  • Reinforced passenger compartment
  • CDR-30 audio system -inc: AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player, 5" display, aux input
  • Bose surround sound system -inc: (10) speakers, 325-watts, glove box CD storage

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