2001 Porsche Boxster

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(from Porsche Press Release) The Porsche Boxster is a mid-engine roadster with a design that echoes such classic mid-engine Porsche sports/racing cars as the 550 Spyder and RS60. The Boxster gets its name from a combination of the classic Porsche horizontally opposed six-cylinder "boxer" engine and its roadster body. Powered by a 2.7-liter, 217-horsepower six-cylinder boxer engine, the Boxster features an E-Gas "drive-by-wire" throttle, a standard five-speed manual transmission, and it can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 6.6 seconds. The Porsche Tiptronic S five-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. The standard power convertible roof lowers in just 12 seconds, and an aluminum hardtop is optional.

The Boxter S offers even higher levels of performance, handling, and comfort. Powered by a 3.4-liter, 250-horsepower engine, the Boxster S adopts the 6-speed manual transmission and larger cross-drilled brakes from the 911 Carrera. The Boxster S can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 5.9 seconds. Larger wheels and tires and sport chassis tuning enhance the already-precise handling, and distinctive titanium-color exterior trim sets the Boxster S apart form the standard Boxster.

New for 2001: The Boxster roof features a new cloth headliner (like the Boxster S) that reduces interior noise. The integrated safety bars are now covered in soft-touch material, and a new three-spoke steering wheel with a color Porsche crest has been added. Both models get new light emitting diode (LED) orientation interior lights that provide gentle illumination for cockpit, console, ignition lock, and door latches. The front and rear trunks feature improved carpeting. New options for both include the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system and a subwoofer speaker system, and some popular options have been grouped into packages.