The word from Stuttgart is that this is the sassy roadster’s most comprehensive update yet. A completely new lightweight body and chassis are the basis of a package that boosts driving dynamics via lower weight, longer wheelbase, a wider track and larger wheels. There’s also new electro-mechanical power steering and the engines are up to 15 per cent more fuel-efficient.
Less relevant to driving dynamics but no less important, the redesigned, fully electric hood dispenses with a convertible top compartment lid. That means more space for the occupants and the opportunity to redo the interior.
Engines for the Boxster and the hotter S version are both direct petrol injection flat-sixes with efficiency-aiding electrical system recuperation, thermal management and start/stop function. Outputs are 195 kW from the 2,7. The bigger 3,4-litre engine of the S, on which the 2,7 is based, delivers 232 kW.