The 2013 Porsche Boxster is lighter, more powerful, and more fuel efficient. That last fact is partially due to the use of electric power steering, which is generating a chorus of “boos” from the press before anyone has even driven the car.
It’s amazing how quickly haters emerge when iconic brands are forced to change products so they meet the new demands of the marketplace. Until we drive the 2013 Porsche Boxster, we’ll hold judgment on the electric power steering system and stick with what we actually know about the new car. On the positive side, we know Porsche uses an all-new 2.7-liter H-6 that produces 265 hp, 10 more than before. The Boxster S uses a 3.4-liter H-6, shared with base 911 models, and produces 325 hp, a 5 hp increase. Expect 60 mph to come up in 5.6 and 4.7 seconds, respectively, when equipped with the seven-speed PDK. Direct injection and start/stop technology allow these more powerful engines to be 15% more efficient on the European test cycle. Porsche has not yet received EPA certification.
The 2013 Porsche Boxster grows a fair amount. It is now 2.4-inches longer in wheelbase and 1.3-inches longer overall while growing 1.6-inches wider in front track and 0.3-inches wider in the rear. These gains are similar to what we saw with the new 991-generation 911 because the Boxster shares underpinnings with its big brother. That should make the Boxster more comfortable and increase performance at the same time. The 60-pound weight loss will also help performance across the board.
Visually, the Boxster’s biggest changes are in the rear. We dig the curvier lines but aren’t yet sure about the integrated wing that flows into the taillights. There’s no longer a hard tonneau cover over the top when it’s stowed and you can see the fabric skin poking out of the area ahead of the rear trunk. With the top up, there’s a metal section above the seats that helps reduce interior noise, just like the new 911 cabriolet. Overall the 2013 Porsche Boxster looks much more mature and elegant than the 2012 model.
For those looking to track their cars, the 2013 Boxster’s main improvement is the available Porsche Torque Vectoring system, which includes a mechanical differential lock that helps shuffle power between the rear wheels. Buyers who opt for the Sport Chrono Package will now be treated to dynamic transmission mounts, too. We look forward to sampling both of these systems when we get a chance to drive the car later this week.
Look for the 2013 Porsche Boxster to arrive in dealerships Stateside starting in June. The base Boxster will sticker for $50,450 and the Boxster S begins at $61,850. Porsche will naturally offer tens of thousands of dollars in options for each car. If you prefer a hardtop mid-engine Porsche, the new Cayman will debut before the end of the year.
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