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January 12, 2012

2013 Porsche Boxster Revealed

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Written by: Pete
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Porsche has decided to launch their new 2013 Porsche Boxster strictly on the internet at this point and has done so just this morning.

Porsche has decided to use the vast depth of the internet to launch the new 2013 Porsche Boxster and this morning that is exactly what they have done.  Not to debut this car at an auto show is a bit unconventional but I understand the reason to do this, though I wish it were at Detroit this week.

For 2013, the Porsche Boxster is going to receive the most extensive updates ever seen on Boxsters of the past.  This now marks the third generation for the only true sports car offered by Porsche these days, launched in the U.S back in 1997.  Now, Porsche is taking that ‘true sports car/roadster’ quotient and cranking it up to 11 by focusing on a new lightweight body and completely revamped chassis.

Exterior

The 2013 Posche Boxster (981) is a mild evolution from the current model that blends both new design cues seen from the 991 911 and Panamera and previous cues refreshed from the current generation 987 Boxster.  All body panels are new here.  Up front is all new lighting with the addition of LED DRL’s, of course.  It also looks as though the shoulders of the car are larger to accommodate the wider body.

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Out back is a very curvaceous rear with new LED taillights pushed all the way to the corners to give it a wider appearance.  A spoiler integrated into the tail lights that should be power retractable is a nice touch.  Staying from the previous model is the center mount exhaust.  On the side you can see much larger air intakes to feed the mid-mounted motor.

Interior

Inside the changes are extensive as well.  The new 981 Boxster now has the Porsche family interior with a completely new center stack that is much more fitting for a car of this price.  To take the interior even a step further, Porsche will be offering leather trimmed interior panels and full aluminum, wood, or carbon fiber trim pieces.  I would expect a broad range of color and finish choices as well.

Content wise the new Boxster brings some technology to the equation as well.  Included in this will be an Alcantara interior, Auto stop/start system with Sports mode, remote control hood operation, and 7” color touch screen with all your connectivity options.

Power

To complete the equation, Porsche has also given the new Boxster some more grunt as well.  The two motors that will be initially available will be a new 2.7L I6 making 265 hp.  The previous base motor was a 2.9L I6 making 255 hp.  So this means an increase of 10 hp from an engine 200 cc smaller.  The 3.4L I6 for the Boxster S does carry over but gets a bump of 5 hp to 315 hp.

Part of this increased power also brings an increase in fuel economy.  European cycle figures but the Boxster at a combined 36.7 mpg and for the Boxster S at 35.3 mpg.  With some gear changes to gearing in the choice of either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual, PDK, Porsche claims the Boxster will make the spring to 60 in 5.5 seconds and the Boxster S in 4.8 seconds.  I expect those to be fairly conservative.
Get Your Own

The new 2013 Porsche Boxster models are expected to go on sale in the U.S by summer of this year.  The base price for the 255 hp Boxster will be $49,500, an increase of only $1,400 over the 2012 model.  The 315 hp Boxster S will be priced from $60,900, an increase of $2,300 over its predecessor.

Considering some stiff competition from their German rivals, Mercedes in the SLK, Audi in the TT, and BMW in the Z4, the Boxster is up against some stiff competition but with its class exclusive mid-engine configuration, it should do just fine.  Click here for more information on the 2013 Porsche Boxster

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