• Porsche Boxster for the green in you

    March 28th, 2012 | Section: Autos

    Porsche Boxster S

    The Porsche Boxster is for those who want a taste of luxury and sport but are environmentally conscious. With this car, you can have your cake and eat it, too.

    Its intelligent, lightweight construction has been fundamental to the Porsche identity since 1948 for both technical and ecological reasons. This forms the basis for achieving low fuel consumption values in conjunction with outstanding performance.

    On the technical side, various components are made with a high proportion of aluminum, magnesium, plastics and super-high-strength sheet steel. The materials used have been selected for their ability to withstand load, yet they are considerably lighter than conventional steel. As a result, the bodyshell of the new Boxster models has a light alloy content of approximately 46 percent.

    On the ecological side, all materials used are meticulously selected. Using only innovative and environmentally friendly components, all synthetic components are easily recyclable and each material is labeled to facilitate its separation for recycling. The reduction in the number of plastic variants helps to ensure more efficient recycling. Recycled plastics are used where they meet exacting technical requirements. In short, the new Boxster is around 95 percent recyclable.

    In addition, Porsche uses a high proportion of environmentally friendly water-based paints. For Porsche, environmental protection does not begin at the end of a vehicle’s life. It starts at the planning and development stage.

    The Boxster models are designed to operate on fuels with an ethanol content of up to 10 percent. Ethanol has a positive impact on the CO2 balance since the plants grown for the production of this biofuel also absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. The release of hydrocarbons from the fuel system has been minimized thanks to the active carbon filter and the multilayered material from which the fuel tank is made. All fuel lines are made from multilayered plastic, steel or aluminum.

    After all these amazing environmental add ons, the car is not lacking in any luxury, speed or fun. It can still go from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds, so hat wearers beware.

    Ultimately, the feeling of freedom comes from within. The interior of the new Boxster models is purposefully designed as a declaration of independence.

    The geometric form of the cockpit follows a clear direction: forward. The elevated center console integrates the driver optimally into the vehicle by positioning the gear lever extremely close to the steering wheel to enable fast and sporty gear changes.

    The generously proportioned interior is light and offers plenty of space for driver and passenger comfort. The individual controls are characterized by their simplicity and ergonomics for intuitive use.

    Fitted as standard, the CDR audio system combines with the optional Sound Package Plus to deliver impressive acoustic performance and has a touchscreen for easy operation. Available as an option, the BOSE® Surround Sound System creates an authentic sound experience with eight amplifier channels, 10 loudspeakers and a total output of 445 watts.

    The luxury and fun of the interior also brings this baby to life. The interior materials are high-quality, and the refined tone is enhanced by a wealth of silver-colored details. These are found on the dashboard trim strip, the center console, the door pulls, the glove compartment release lever, the side and center air vent surrounds and the model designation plaque on the center console.

    The steering wheel rim and gear lever/selector are sporty and stylish at the same time. The door pull inlays are typically Porsche. Finished in leather, they represent a balanced blend of design and functionality. In the Boxster S, the door armrests and the center console storage compartment lid are also finished in leather.

    While most eco-friendly cars squeeze your purse for every last penny, this automobile will leave you with some spare change. MSRP $60,900 for the Boxster S. If you are feeling thrifty, MSRP $49,500 for the Boxster.

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