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The 2007 Porsche Boxster is getting a power bump, with the Boxster S now coming within a Briggs-and-Stratton minibike of 300 hp. The base model will get a 5-hp boost, to 245 hp, from a similar 2.7-liter mill as the '06 model. The Boxster S, which is getting a new, 3.4-liter flat-six, will get a 15-hp bump to 295 hp โ€” which is said to propel the S from Zero to 60 a tenth of a second quicker that the previous model (5.4 seconds vs. 5.5 seconds). Both engines will get Porsche's VarioCam Plus variable-valve timing โ€” upgraded, natch โ€” and both cars can be ordered with Porsche's revised Tiptronic autobox, which Porsche promises new settings and better performance. Expect word on the US version soon. [UPDATE: From the US press release โ€” The 2007 Porsche Boxster and Boxster S go on sale in North America in August. U.S. pricing for the new models is $45,600 and $55,500 respectively.]

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