It’s been less than a month since we caught a camouflaged next-gen Boxster roaming the streets of Michigan. Now, we have official details and pictures of the 2013 Porsche Boxster, set to arrive in showrooms this summer.
Many of the changes sound similar to the 991 911. The new Boxster rides on a heavily revised chassis with a larger footprint thanks to a longer wheelbase and wider track. Power is up in the base model, despite a new, smaller displacement 2.7-liter flat six that produces 265 hp. That’s good for a 10-hp increase over the outgoing 2.9-liter mill. The Boxster S retains its 3.4-liter flat six, but gains 5 more horsepower to 315. Both come standard with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch. Porsche not only claims quicker 0-60 mph times, but a 15-percent gain in fuel economy (based on the European cycle). Porsche hasn’t provided the exact curb weight yet, only promising that it will be lighter than the current base model, which tips the scale at 2943 pounds (2978 pounds for the Boxster S).
As expected, the Boxster’s new appearance is evolutionary, although the rear end now sports a dramatic spoiler that blends into the taillights. It’s a good look we like a lot. Interior materials appear to be upgraded, though we’ll reserve judgment until we have a chance to sit behind the 2013 Boxster’s steering wheel. The center stack is similar to the 911’s and the windshield has been pushed forward. Features new to the Boxster include a Sport Chrono Package with dynamic transmission mounts and the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) system. Pricing has been set at $50,450 for the base model ($1400 more than a 2012 Boxster), which includes the $950 destination charge. The Boxster S is priced at $61,850 including destination ($2300 more than a 2012 Boxster S).