2009 Porsche Boxster RS60 Preview

March 19, 2008
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Porsche’s popular roadster, the Boxster, is breaking the 300-horsepower barrier, for the first time, with a limited-edition two-seater celebrating the German marque’s legendary RS60 race car making its debut at this year's New York Auto Show.

A total of only 1960 of the new 2009 Porsche Boxster RS60 roadsters will be built, about 800 earmarked for the U.S., company officials told TheCarConnection.com. While the name commemorates Porsche’s racer, the production number matches the year the original RS60 left its mark, for the first time, on the motor sports world.

The 2009 Porsche Boxster RS60 will weigh in with 303-hp, to be more precise, eight more than the current Boxster S model. Torque remains the same, as 251 pound-feet.

Starting out with the “base” Boxster S, Porsche has added or revised a number of features to enhance the appearance and performance on the 2009 Boxster RS60. For one thing, the roadster rides on 19-inch wheels and tires, rather than the S-edition’s 18s. And the wheels have been spaced out an extra 5 millimeters each.

The sport design fascia is distinguished by its pronounced lower spoiler lip. The windshield gets a black surround, reminiscent of the original RS60 racer.

Inside, there are three individual gauge pods. Three interior colors are available, though Carrera Red is standard. There’s only one exterior shade, GT Silver Metallic.

A sport exhaust completes the package.

On the technical side, Porsche’s Active Sport Management suspension system is standard, as well, where it is optional on the Boxster S.

Look for a price tag of $64,900, compared with $55,700 for the Boxster S. Porsche officials estimate the 2009 Boxster RS60 comes with an added $10,000 in equipment, however.

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