Porsche reveals the 2013 Boxster - UPDATE: Videos added!
Porsche has today revealed images and details of the all-new 2013 Boxster. The model wasn’t due to be revealed until nearer the Geneva Motor Show in March, but after some grainy press shots were leaked onto the web yesterday Porsche decided to move the reveal forward.
Of course, the new Boxster was caught undisguised back in October, but Porsche never confirmed the validity of those shots. What we get now though, is a look at the all-new Boxster and Boxster S in all their glory.
And what glory it is – the biggest change in the history of the Boxster line, the new model is the first to really break away from the mini-911 styling of the older generations with a styling theme all of its own. Thinner headlights are reminiscent of the 918 Spyder Supercar, with individual pods for the lights within. The nose has a more aggressive, angled down poise about it, with the curves over the front wings dipping before rising up again over powerful rear haunches. At the side there’s a new, much more prominent air intake for the mid-mounted engine which is recessed into the doors, much like the Carrera GT Supercar. At the rear there is the familiar central exhaust outlet and a new integrated spoiler which rises as speed with a styling line that runs through the rear lights, again giving hints of the 918 Spyder.
Porsche have certainly gone much more exotic and sporty with the looks of the new Boxster, which can only be a good thing in our eyes. The new look is very pretty, won’t alienate current owners and will win over a lot of new fans who thought the current model wasn’t distinctive enough. For the interior, the new model gets the same look as the new 991 and Panamera models with a raised centre console, placing all the major controls close at hand. It’s a more upmarket look for the Boxster and one that will certainly win over new customers.
The proportions are helped by an increased wheelbase and shorter overhangs, while the windscreen base has been moved forward. The electric hood has been redesigned as well and now dispenses with the need for a hood compartment lid over the stored hood by using a rigid front section panel which then sits on top, hiding the rest when stowed. A very elegant solution and one of the ways that Porsche has managed to trim substantial amounts of weight out of the new Boxster. There aren’t confirmed weights yet, but rumours suggest the new models are up to 75 kg lighter than the previous generation.
Engine wise, the Boxster now returns to the older size of 2.7 litres. This is a new unit based on the 3.4 litre flat six cylinder motor, the efficiency of which is further enhanced by the direct fuel injection, electrical system recuperation, thermal management and start/stop function.
The 2.7 produces 265 bhp (up 10bhp) and the 3.4 engine in the Boxster S gets 315 bhp. Combined with the lower weight the performance is improved too, the Boxster sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, the Boxster S in 4.7 seconds. And just to sweeten the deal a little more, economy and emissions are also improved over the old model.
Both the Boxster and Boxster S come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the seven-speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe) dual clutch gearbox optional. To enhance driving dynamics yet further, Porsche offers the Sport Chrono Package as an optional extra for the Boxster, featuring dynamic transmission mounts for the first time. Also new in the Boxster is Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical rear axle differential lock.
We can’t wait to see how the new model drives and we’ll be certain to let you in on it when we do…
Images and videos courtesy of Porsche