Porsche took the wraps off the new generation Porsche Boxster 981 series, revealing a whole new design and advanced features.
TO be honest we were expecting the new Boxster to be just a mildly facelifted version of the old one, but it is a whole new car. This time Porsche designer have actually spent some time on the drawing board. And it looks good. The new details for the headlights, side vents and the tail spoiler, they’re all very cool.
The car also gets revised versions of Porsche’s infamous flat-six. The Boxster gets a 265 hp 2.7 liter version of it, while the sportier Boxster S, which is the one you actually want because the 2.7 model won’t move, gets a 315 hp 3.4 liter. The latter will do 0 to 100km/h in 5 second dead.
Details and pricing of the 2013 Porsche Boxster in the press release below:
Never before in the history of the Porsche Boxster was a change of generation so comprehensive. The open-top two-seater car is being marketed with a completely new lightweight body and a completely revamped chassis. Considerably lower weight, longer wheelbase, a wider track and larger wheels significantly enhance yet further the mid-engine sports car’s driving dynamics, already far and away the best in its class, supported by the new electro-mechanical power steering. The new Boxsters boast superior performance and are also up to 15 per cent more fuel-efficient. Depending on model, they get by with significantly less than eight litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
Distinctive roadster styling
The styling of the new Porsche Boxster clearly signals the unique driving experience on offer; with shorter front and rear overhangs, significantly forward-shifted windscreen, a flatter silhouette and expressive edges. Inside, the passengers are enclosed by a new fully electric hood, which now dispenses with a compartment lid for the convertible top when stowed. The interior design offers the driver and passenger more space and reflects the new Porsche outline, while the distinctive centre console – originating in the Carrera GT – further improves ergonomics.
Charismatic flat-six ‘boxer’ engines
The new generation Porsche roadster makes its debut in the classic Porsche pairing of Boxster and Boxster S. Both derivatives are powered by charismatic flat-six engines with direct petrol injection, the efficiency of which is further enhanced by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and start/stop function.
The new power unit fitted in the Porsche Boxster delivers 265 hp (195 kW) from a 2.7 litre displacement – 10 hp more than its larger capacity predecessor. Technically, it is now based on the 3.4-litre engine of the Boxster S. The 3.4-litre now delivers 315 hp (232 kW), 5 hp more than before. Both models feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard, with the seven-speed dual-clutch Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option.
Porsche Intelligent Performance
Both models achieve their best fuel consumption and acceleration performance with the PDK.
Fuel consumption for the Porsche Boxster with PDK is 7.7 l/100 km (36.7 mpg imp), and 8.0 l/100 km (35.3 mpg imp) for the Boxster S. With gear changes achieved without interruption to the flow of power, the Boxster sprints from 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 5.7 sec, the Boxster S in just 5.0 sec.
To enhance the driving dynamics further, the Sport Chrono Package option is offered on the Boxster, featuring Dynamic Transmission Mounts for the first time. Also new in the Boxster is the option of Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical rear limited slip differential.
The new Porsche Boxster
Built in Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart, the new Porsche Boxster will go on sale in the UK from April 28, 2012. The Boxster is priced from £37,589, and from £45,384 for the Boxster S.
The German market launch of the new Boxster generation will be on 14.04.2012. The basic list price in Germany will be 48,291 euro for the Boxster and 59,120 euro for the Boxster S, including 19 per cent value added tax in both cases.
The new Porsche Boxster models are expected in U.S. showrooms in early summer 2012. The basic list price will be $49,500 for the Boxster and $60,900 for the Boxster S, not including a $950 destination charge.
The Porsche Boxster features an Alcantara interior, 18″ alloy wheels, Auto stop/start and Sports mode, remote control hood operation, audio CD with 7-inch colour touch-screen control, a universal audio interface offering MP3 connectivity and a three year warranty.
The Boxster S adds 19-inch alloy wheels, partial leather interior and Bi-Xenon headlights in addition to the power advantage of the larger 3.4-litre engine.
All new Boxster customers in the UK can also explore the potential of their car by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.