Porsche celebrates 300,000 sales of Boxster/Cayman

June 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

After getting a drive in the Porsche Cayman S, Car and SUV became a big fan of the model and the platform-sharing Boxster. It’s no surprise that we aren’t alone with news that Porsche has ticked up 300,000 sales of the Cayman and Boxster models.

It’s taken 15 years to reach this milestone since the very first Boxster roadster left the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen plant in Germany. Most of the vehicles have been in convertible Boxster form with the hard top Cayman not contributing until the 2006 model year.

To celebrate Porsche dressed up the 300,000th vehicle real pretty. It’s a Boxster Spyder with a Platinum Silver paint job and Carrera red leather trim. This hot ride is most likely set to be sold to a lucky local owner in Germany.

We’re big fans of Porsche’s Boxster and Cayman, and it appears we’re not alone. Porsche is celebrating 300,000 Cayman and Boxster models sold, almost exactly 15 years after the first roadster left the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen plant in Germany. The lion’s share of those sports cars have been convertibles – the hard-hatted Cayman didn’t join the party until 2005 as a 2006 model. Continue reading “Porsche celebrates 300,000 sales of Boxster/Cayman” »

Porsche confirms development of four-cylinder boxer engine

January 20th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Love it or hate it, concerns over fuel efficiency have begun to seriously affect all of the world’s major automakers. Even high-end brands are not immune and Porsche, with its wide range of vehicles and  increasing sales, is looking at options to decrease fuel usage in some of its models.

It’s no secret that one idea Porsche has been considering is the inclusion of a new four-cylinder engine in its lineup, reports of which have been around for the past few years. Now, it’s official.

Speaking with the media recently, Porsche’s former R&D chief Wolfgang Durheimer revealed that the German automaker is building a new four-cylinder engine and that it will power the next-generation Boxster and Cayman sports car models.

Durheimer went on to say that the new engine could even see an application in the 911 but he stressed that the iconic model will remain a six-cylinder for the foreseeable future.

This new four pot engine is also expected to power Porsche’s upcoming entry-level Roadster model. There is some indication that the smaller Porsche would borrow many parts from a donor car built by Volkswagen and Audi to cut production costs but Porsche is still keen to develop its own powertrain for the car. Continue reading “Porsche confirms development of four-cylinder boxer engine” »

Porsche using three electric Boxsters for testing

July 27th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche is rapidly ramping up its vehicle electrification program, ranging from the top-level plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder concept and the 911 GT3R Hybrid racer to the new Cayenne hybrid that has now entered production. But the latest addition to the electric drive program is a group of three experimental Boxsters that are all electric.

Porsche is keeping closed lips on these new Boxsters for now and no technical details have been released. The Boxster prototypes will be used to test the new electric drivetrain systems as well as see what infrastructure is required to facilitate them. It’s no secret that Porsche is interested in a production version of the 918 Spyder and is likely using these Boxsters to evaluate the battery systems, along with the motors and power electronics.

2010 Tesla Roadster Sport vs. 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder

April 5th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

2010 Tesla Roadster Sport vs. 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder

Porsche Boxster S facelift

December 16th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Driving shots (and nice scenery) of the Porsche Boxster S facelifted version

Driving shots (and nice scenery) of the Porsche Boxster S facelifted version

Entry-level Porsche rumours continue

October 30th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche 356 roadster fq

New details have come to light about Porsche’s long rumored entry-level model.

Recent reports state that the mid-engine sports car, tentatively dubbed the “new 356”, will cost approximately $54,022 USD. This makes it likely that the entry-level 2.9-litre Boxster will be eliminated when it is redesigned

Power will be provided by a turbocharge four-cylinder engine with 250bhp. While details are limited, the engine is expected to be engineered in a similar vein to Porsche’s current flat six but with a displacement of 1.9- or 2.0-litres.

The baby Porsche will ride on a new steel and aluminum platform, which will also be used for Audi’s upcoming R4, the Porsche should be lightweight and highly responsive. While the cars will share a common structure and several major components (the transmission, electrical system, and most likely some suspension pieces), they will both have unique styling and performance personalities.

The Audi R4 will be launched in June 2011 and the ‘new 356’ will arrive in late 2012.

Can Porsche double its annual sales?

September 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche Panamera Fq1

Porsche has never been a high volume automaker, and it probably never will be. But Porsche management feels it can go better than the disappointing 75,200 sales it had last year (ending July 2009), but the potential increase may be larger than many expect. Porsche CEO Michael Macht said in a recent interview that he believes Porsche could sell 150,000 vehicles per year, but sales won’t double on the backs of the current model range.

There are currently five vehicles in the Porsche lineup, with the four-door Panamera being the newest. Getting to 150,000 units would mean Porsche would have to create some all-new models. One way Porsche could increase volume is to finally build an entry-level sub-Boxster roadster that has been rumoured on several occasions over the past few years. The base model Porsche could bump sales by a considerable amount, but even more vehicles could be on the way.

One vehicle that Porsche is working hard on still has some time before it could affect production totals. Macht says the company is working an electrically-powered Porsche, but the automaker won’t release a battery-powered vehicle until it could recreate the sporty driving characteristics of Porsche’s petrol-powered vehicles.

Jaguar XE Roadster looking probable

August 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Jaguar XE roadster

According to recent reports Jaguar is busy developing a new, smaller sports car designed to take on Porsche’s Boxster convertible and its hardtop Cayman sibling.

The new model is expected to be produced in roadster and coupe form and has been named the XE by the motoring press.

Slotting into the Jaguar line-up beneath the XK coupe and convertible, the smaller XE is thought to be an important component in a overall product plan that would see Jaguar building more than 100,000 cars a year by 2015.

It will feature an all-new aluminum platform that will eventually form the basis of the next-generation XK, XF and even the XJ through 2015 and beyond. It will reportedly be a common aluminum matrix, housing the engine up front with power sent to the rear wheels.

In regards to the XE’s powertrain expect to see a gasoline naturally-aspirated V6 producing around 205kW. A supercharged version kicking out 260kW is also suggested as a range-topping variant.

All details of the XE remain unconfirmed as Jaguar is still exploring the production viability of the new entry-level sportscar. If it does go ahead 2013 is the earliest possible launch date.

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