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Porsche Boxster S: First drive report

Porsche Boxster S
Nice first drive report with the Porsche Boxster S.

Never known to sit still, Porsche has given the 987-series Boxster a substantive midlife re-engineering, although it doesn’t earn a new number designation this time out. That doesn’t mean the changes aren’t significant. Virtually all of them apply to the 2009 Cayman coupe, which, like the Boxster, was unveiled November 19 at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Model year 2009 upgrades start where they do for any enthusiast machine: in the engine bay. The previous base Boxster’s 2.7L flat-six has given way to a new 2.9L unit. Power rises from 245 to 255 hp; the Cayman’s 2.9 is rated at 265 hp. There’s no displacement increase for the S versions; it remains 3.4L, but the powerplant is largely new and boasts direct fuel injection. It spools out 310 hp in the Boxster S and 320 in the Cayman S, increases of 15 and 25 hp respectively.

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Source: Motor Trend