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Boxster's bigger (archive)

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Posted by Gary on September 28, 1998 at 20:14:29:

In Reply to: Re: Old conservative designers posted by Praveen on September 28, 1998 at 17:49:18:

According to R&T the Boxster weighs 115 lbs less than the Z3 2.8, and it's 11 inches(almost a foot!) longer, and 1.5 inches wider.
It also has a more complicated top mechanism.

They just put more effort into making it lighter.

The BMW 2.8 (and 3.2) engines still use a cast iron block, where the Boxster uses a linerless high silcon aluminum block. Of course that's the same technology Chevrolet used in the Corvair, in the '60's.
BMW used pressed steel for the rear suspension/subframe and front subframe, and I don't think any body panels are aluminum.


But anyway, for a longer, wider car the Boxster is quite a bit lighter.
Now if they would just work on the interior styling, fix those useless gauges, put another 75hp into it, and oh yeh drop the price about $8,000, I might have gotten one instead of my MZ3.

Gary


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