Porsche unveiled today the all-new 2013 Boxster, showing its latest design philosophy on one of its most popular roadsters. According to the German manufacturer, the 2013 Boxster is lighter, has a longer wheelbase, a wider track and larger wheels in order to be more stable at high speeds. The fully electric hood has been redesigned and features a convertible top compartment lid.
The interior is inspired by the new Porsche 911 as it features a new center console. The 2013 Porshe Boxster is powered by a 2.7 litre engine delivering 265 hp (195 kW).
This engine is mated as standard to a six-speed manual gearbox, while the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) is available as an option.
2013 Boxster sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds and has a fuel consumption of 7.7 l/100 km. The 2013 Boxster S is powered by a 3.4-litre engine delivering 315 hp (232 kW) and capable to sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds.
This engine is mated as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while the PDK is available as an option. The Boxster S has a fuel consumption of 8.0 l/100 km. For extra power, the Boxster is available with the Sport Chrono Package as an option.
Boxster S offers the the Sport Chrono Package as an option. The new 2013 Porsche Boxster is priced at 48,291 euros in Germany, while the Boxster S will be priced at 59,120 euro, including 19 per cent value added tax in both cases. The basic list price in the United States will be $49,500 for the Boxster and $60,900 for the Boxster S, not including a $950 destination charge.
The new mid-engine Porsche Boxster sports car is underpinned by a new chassis that makes it more agile than its predecessor. Porsche achieved this by creating a strong foundation. For instance, the wheelbase of the new Boxster is around 60 mm longer than its predecessor, making it more stable at high speeds. Likewise, the new Boxster boasts a wider track on the front and rear axles, resulting to better agility and stability in bends.
Stability is also helped by the fact that this sports car rides on larger tires. As a result, an optimized Boxster S could complete a lap in the famous Nürburgring-Nordschleife in just 7 minutes and 58 seconds, or around 12 seconds faster than the comparably equipped predecessor. Customers could optimize their Porsche Boxster with the optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), dynamic engine suspension and 20-inch wheels.
The latest iteration of the Boxster is specified with electromechanical power steering, which made its debut in the new 911 Carrera generation. Electromechanical power steering – compared to hydraulic power steering – allows the Boxster to improve its agility and response time, but also its fuel efficiency. In fact, electromechanical power steering helps reduce fuel consumption by at least 0.1 liter per 100 km.
This system transmits specific feedback to the driver through the steering wheel, while filtering out negative or unnecessary influences. Porsche has upgraded and revised the optional PASM to tailor it to the dynamics of the Boxster.
It now features four more vertical sensors on the front and rear wheels for a better and more sensitive control. Just by pushing the PASM button on the center console, a driver could activate any of the two available programs: "Normal" and "Sport." Available in conjunction with PASM, the new PTV helps enhance cornering dynamics as soon the Boxter enters the curve.
PTV essentially improves the Boxster’s steering behavior and precision by braking only the inside rear wheel, offering better traction-on-demand than a mechanical rear differential lock. PTV should perfectly complement the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) in the areas of dynamics and driving stability.
Meanwhile braking interventions are employed by PSM to make the car stable. PTV uses them to improve driving dynamics and agility. In addition, the PTV’s mechanical rear differential boasts of an asymmetric locking action of 22 percent in traction and 27 percent in propulsion.