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    Motorweek is reporting 987 S as 280HP - 3.2L

    If correct, I find this somewhat disappointing. I might be OK with this HP from a 3.4L engine, as the higher torque would be useful, but with the same 3.2L displacement now available, I am afraid this will be a difficult increase to feel in the seat of the pants, particularly if there is a corresponding weight gain.
    With even dedicated Porsche magazines such as Excellence questioning the value of the Boxster S compared to the base model, this seems like another step in the wrong direction.

    I hope they are seriously considering the higher output version that has been speculated on here, and without much delay.

    Anything new on this front??

    Re: Motorweek is reporting 987 S as 280HP - 3.2L

    Rick,

    assume not to see a big performance improvement in the 987 (at least regarding the power). You always have to compare with the 997... this car didn't get more powerful, same will happen with the 987!

    Re: Motorweek is reporting 987 S as 280HP - 3.2L

    Actually, you do have a new alternative on the 997 of the "S" version that was not available in the 996, so there was an opportunity to raise the HP of the "S" version of the Boxster and still be lower than the sport version of the 997.

    Unfortunately, Porsche does have competitors for the Boxster from outside of Porsche, and there are some potential buyers who find a large dose of horsepower to be enjoyable, I among them.

    There are upgraded versions of the 997 with greater performance, the GT-3, Turbo, and Turbo S, but Porsche evidently feels that the 997 is not enough car on it's own merits, so that the Boxsters performance version must have less performance than the entry level of the 997. I personally wonder how many base 997s wil even be ordered considering the S version is not that much more expensive.

    I have to own a Porsche in order to participate in PCA driving events when I retire in 2 years, but with the HP level of the new Boxster S where it is, I may be searching the PCA classifieds for a nice mid year 911 cab rather than purchasing the car I have a deposit on from the current Porsche. If I happen to find a nice Speedster, I can use it for cruising, and use the Elise for the driving events.

     
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