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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 28th 2009
10— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 28, 2009 A lot riding on new babies N OTHING about the latest Porsche Boxster and Cayman is as good as the price. The ’09 update to the pocket rockets in the Porsche playpen includes everything from a new engines to extra equipment and some minor visual tweaking—as well as an available seven-speedPDKgearbox—but the bottom line is all about the bottom line. The Boxster is now effectively priced at the same level as when the baby droptop first hit the road in Australia — in 1997 — and the Cayman is just as sharp. We’re not talking a Hyundai-style $13,990 CLASSIC: Porsche fanatics will be rapt the 2009 Boxster has been revamped at little extra cost. There are a whole lot of changes that add up to big things. Porsche has always been good at bringing the detail together ‘ ’ Public Auctions Tuesday 31March Vehicles are located inHobart&Launcestonwith on-line bidding available. 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Free auction estimates. *Terms&conditions apply* Enquiries: 03 6263 3833 For full auction details, download a free catalogue manheimfowles.com.au 349 Midland Hwy,Brighton TAS Tel 6263 3833 Price: From $113,000 to $145,900 Engine: 2.9-litre flat six 188kW/ 290Nm (Boxster); 3.4-litre flat six 228kW/360Nm (Boxster S) Transmission: 6-speed manual, 7-speed PDK Economy: 8.9L/100km (Boxster); 9.2L/100km (Boxster S) Porsche Boxster and Boxster S small torque Porsche Cayman and Cayman S Price: From $122,200 to $160,800 Engine: 2.9-litre flat six 195kW/ 300Nm (Cayman); 3.4-litre flat six 235kW/370Nm (Cayman S) Transmission: 6-speed manual, 7-speed PDK Economy: 8.9L/100km (Cayman); 9.2L/100km (Cayman S) ticket, so the starting price for the 2009 Boxster is still a lot of money at $113,000. Andthe top-lineCaymanStips the scales at $160,800, without dipping into the optional equipment. But compare the new numbers with the $109,900 the Boxster cost more than a decade ago, and factor a value improvement which puts as much as $12,000 more equipment into the ’09 cars, and the dollars look like a deal. So, too, does the performance upgrade which takes the basic Boxster up to 188kW and 290 Newton-metres of torque, and the top Cayman S to 235 kiloWatts and 370 Newton- metres. Anyone struggling with power potential can easily translate the engine work into a 5.6 second sprint to 100km/h and 274km/h at the top end for the Boxster and 4.9 and 277 for the Cayman S. Those are seriously big numbers for a car which has done a solid job for Porsche sales, particularly a Cayman S which is now a real threat to the classic 911. And Porsche Cars Australia needs those sales. Its results are down by 45 per cent after the first two months of 2009, although company chief Michael Winkler is expecting a rebound by the end of the year. ‘‘We’re hoping for 1000 registrations this calendar year,’’ Mr Winkler said. ‘‘It’s a very interesting situation, now, in the marketplace. We’ve looked at the basic substance of the cars but also the equipment.’’ So there is a lot riding on the new babies, which are called the Generation 2 models of the 987 series and pick up a lot of the changes from last year’s updating work on the 911. Visually, the biggest tweaks is new head- lamps with two separate reflectors. But there is a major upgrade of the system behind the dash, with satnav and a touch- screen monitor as standard. So the real work is in the new engines, tweaked suspension and the transmissions. And the work is reflected in lap times at Porsche’s ultimate test track, the Nurburgr- ing in Germany. The ’09 Boxster is now a massive 31 seconds quicker than the original. driving Windswept Melbourne, in a state where Vorsprung durch Technik www.audi.com.au Huge Range, Save Thousands HR TUESDAY Auction 11:00am Government & Fleet Vehicles TUESDAY 7 April 1:00pm Damaged Vehicle Auction SATURDAY,MONDAY,THURSDAY & FRIDAY Fixed Price Vehicles 56 Sunderland Street, Moonah, Hobart Ph: (03) 6108 8444 www.pickles.com.au For photos & listings visit LD10319 Vorsprung durch Technik Years of Audi The new Audi Q5. The compact SUV for progressive drivers. Perfectly synchronised engineering. Your businessmay be eligible for the Australian Government’s proposed Small Business and General Business Tax Break.Once passed into law, businessesmay be entitled to claim up to a 30% bonus tax deduction onmotor vehicles purchased by 30 June 2009. For more details, or to ensure that your businesswill be eligible, talk to your tax adviser. To experience perfectly synchronised engineering – contact Audi Centre Hobart, 246 Murray Street Hobart, or call (03) 6238 3344 today. Audi Q5 3.0 TDI® quattro® S tronic shown with optionalmetallic paint (RRP) $1,900, Xenon plus headlights (RRP) $2,283, Audi Parking SystemPlus (RRP) $826, Body coloured bumpers (RRP) $760 and 20” 5-arm design alloy wheels (RRP) $2,610. Recommended Retail Prices (RRP) include GST. Overseasmodel shown. AUDI3938/Q5T/HM/10X7/2803 You could never describe a Porsche purchase as cheap, but the latest Boxster will certainly turn some heads with its price tag. By Paul Gover speeding is almost a hanging offence, is not the right time to be pushing hard in anewPorsche. Things were so bad with lashing rain showers during the preview drive that I never got a chance to take the top down in the Boxster. Even so, the basic Boxster and the Cayman S — top and bottom of the update efforts — showed that Porsche has pushed again to get the best from its cars. They barely look any different, but Porsche people will see the changes and that is what really matters. Both showed more response in the chassis and engine, driving inland down towards the Great Ocean Rd, with a slightly more fluid feeling through the suspensionand better drive from slow speed up to solid overtaking pace. Overall, the Boxster was a sweet drive, with the incredible mid-engined grip I have come to expect and a little more go from the bottom of the rev range. And the Cayman S, on the few occasions I could crack the throttle, remained as pin-sharp as I remembered with even more of a thump in the back. ThePDKgearbox is an excellent device, with sweet auto changes and excellent response in manual mode — although the touch-change buttons on the wheel are a silly fiddle and hard to use, withagearlever whichis set for changes the wrong way (pull back to downshift) for brisk driving. It will take more time with the cars to pin downthe exact improvements, but Porsche has put the real emphasis on the dollars and rated against any value-for-money measure in the sports car class the newcomers are winners. 13-7-01/08
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