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There were only ever two reasons not to buy a Boxster over its rivals in the past. Both of those have, however, been solved with the all-new third-generation entry-level Porsche.
FOR PAMPERED PURISTS
First up is the interior. Always respectable, past generations have better reflected the car’s purist driving sensation, rather than the luxuriousness one might associate with a German brand. True, the original Z4 was rather Spartan, but it’s now more of a grand-tourer, something the Mercedes SLK always has been.
The new Boxster’s interior is more coastline cruiser than track warrior and that’s far from being a bad thing. The car’s purists driving sensation has been retained, while luxury has been added in. There’s something to be said about the sensation of putting up with a Lotus Elise in order to enjoy its nimbleness, but there’s also nothing wrong with spoiling yourself.
Some of the biggest changes include a new five-pot gauge cluster that replaces the old three-pot unit, with the farthest right gauge featuring an LCD screen that can show everything from what radio station you’re on, to the Navigation map, to a G-meter ¬– when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono package.
In addition, the center console has been raised to mimic that of the Panamera, with easy to reach buttons running up the slope, while the 7-inch display screen is now higher up on the dash.
Porsche purists may have opposed the Panamera, but they should be thankful, as it ushered in a new era of more luxurious interiors for the brand.
Living with the Boxster for two weeks, we did notice one drawback of the optional Sport Chrono package, namely that the simple sport steering wheel doesn’t include redundant audio controls. Again, purists may scoff, but trust us, if you drive your Boxster more than just on Sunday afternoons, you’ll miss those buttons.
Designed with the Chinese market in mind, the new extended-wheelbase Panamera won’t be reserved for those on the other side of the Pacific, with Porsche Cars North America confirming the longer sedan for sale in the U.S. this year.
Available as either a 4S or Turbo model, the Panamera Executive will be priced from $125,600 and $161,000 respectively. That roughly translates to an increase of $25,000 and $20,000 (respectively) over the standard wheelbase models.
What buyers get for the extra chunk of change is six more inches of rear seat legroom, as well as a more comfort-oriented air suspension system.
Like their conventional wheelbase counterparts, Panamera 4S Executive models also benefit from a new biturbo 3.0-liter V6 engine, which replaces the old 4.8-liter V8. The result is improved fuel economy as well as an increase in power to 420 hp.
Updated for 2014, Porsche has also added a selection of new powetrain options to its Panamera sedan, as well as a long-wheelbase executive model.
Starting with the Panamera S and 4S models, the 4.8-liter V8 engine will be replaced by a down-sized biturbo 3.0-liter V6. While smaller, the new engine delivers both more power and more torque, with horsepower rising by 20 hp for a new total of 420 hp, while torque rises slightly to 384 lb-ft, with more thrust at low rpm. Porsche also claims a fuel economy improvement of up to 18 percent.
More dramatic fuel economy numbers can be had with the all-new Panamera S E-Hybrid, which Porsche claims is the first plug-in hybrid in the luxury car category. An improvement upon the conventional Panamera Hybrid the electric motor is twice as powerful at 95 hp thanks in part to a lithium-ion battery pack that has five times the energy capacity of the old nickel metal hydride unit. Porsche claims an improvement in fuel economy of 56 percent, from 33 mpg on the European test cycle to an amazing 76 mpg.
Porsche claims an all-electric range of 18 to 36 km (11 to 22 miles) in every day use with a top electric speed of 135 km/h (84 mph). In addition, outright performance has been improved as well, with a 5.5 second 0-62 mph time – a half second faster than the hybrid.
Like all plug-in cars the Panamera S E-Hybrid will be paired with a smart phone app that can control a host of features, from smart charging, to checking the remaining charge level, to preheating or cooling the vehicle.
The charging time itself is four hours using a conventional household outlet or just 2.5 hours when using a more powerful outlet.
Set to make their debut at the Auto China show in Shanghai, two additional models will also be revealed, catering to the country’s love of large cars. The extended wheelbase Panamera Turbo Executive and Panamera 4S Executive will offer a 15-cm (6-inch) longer wheelbase with more rear set legroom and an air suspension for maximum comfort.
For 2014, all Panamera models get updated looks including larger front air intakes, a more angled and wider rear window, plus a wider rear spoiler, new taillights and headlights – optional as LEDs. New standard features include a multifunction steering wheel, bi-xenon headlights and a power trunk lid.
As though these updates weren’t enough, Porsche is promising more new models soon, though it’s unlikely most of them will be offered in North America. They include an upgraded diesel engine in the Panamera with 300 hp as well as a Panamera Turbo S Executive model. A 2014 Panamera Turbo S will, however, arrive for the US shortly as well.
Winter's icy stranglehold on the northern hemisphere has finally been broken. After months of gray skies and freezing weather spring is finally in the air. Automakers are responding to the warmth and sun by emerging from product hibernation. Companies located in places ranging from South Korea to the United Kingdom have unveiled a bumper-crop of new hardware ranging from sensible to insane. Here are the Top 10 reveals from the 2013 New York International Auto Show.
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