Porsche Boxster S

From Porsche press: The Boxster takes its name from its horizontally opposed “boxer” six-cylinder engine architecture and its classic, two-seat, open-air “roadster” chassis structure.

While the driving experience certainly is enhanced by being exposed to the elements, all Boxster and Boxster S models come with an electronically powered convertible roof that can be open or closed even while the vehicle is in motion.

For the 2006 model year, the Porsche Boxster and Porsche Boxster S offer new features such as an optional tire-pressure monitoring system, the two-stage front airbag technology, and optional enhancements to the available navigation system including an electronic logbook feature that can record mileage, journey length, date and time, as well as the starting point and destination address for any or every trip, a boon to people who use the car for business come tax time.

Unchanged are such Boxster and Boxster S strengths as their powerful engines, versatile transmissions, strong yet nimble steering and suspension, and their roomy and well-equipped passenger compartment with a roof that opens or closes at the touch of a button at speeds up to 30 mph.

The 3.2-liter engine pumps out 280 (SAE) horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, pushing the 2006 Porsche Boxster S to 60 mph in a mere 5.2 seconds on its way to a top test-track speed of 167 mph (268 km/h).

For the second year of production of this second Porsche Boxster and Porsche Boxster S generation, the sports cars continue to provide powertrains that are more powerful yet extremely fuel-efficient, thanks in part to five- and six-speed manual transmissions with short, crisp gear changes and the famous Tiptronic® S automatic gearbox.

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