After bring out the 2012 911 Carrera Cabriolet at the Detroit Auto Show, Porsche is all set to up its own ante with the stunning 2013 Boxster. The mid-engine roadster won’t make its official debut until the Geneva Motor Show in March, but we’ve been given some preliminary details ahead of the new Box’s primetime unveiling. The 2013 Boxster has lost some weight, gained some more power, and flaunts some new attractive exterior features. The new Boxster receives revamped styling with shorter overhangs, significantly forward-shifted windscreen, flatter silhouette and edgier character lines. Also, the car uses a new lightweight body with a longer wheelbase, a wider track and larger wheels. Combined with its mid-engine layout, driving dynamics are enhanced even further than the current 987 generation.
While the exterior was updated to deliver better performance, the interior is purposefully designed as a declaration of independence. It was updated with a 3-spoke sports steering wheel and three circular dashboard instruments. The information on the on-board computer, communication, audio settings, and the navigation system are now displayed on a high-resolution 4.6-inch TFT color screen. It also received standard sport seats which were designed to be comfortable and provide excellent support even during performance driving.
The engine in the new Boxster displaces 2.7 liters and develops a peak output of 265 horsepower, 10 more than in the previous one despite a smaller displacement. Customers will be able to choose from either a six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK dual clutch, the latter allowing the Boxster to sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Opt for the Boxster S and in addition to a host of other upgrades you also get a more powerful 3.4-liter engine with 315 horsepower on tap. The 0-60 run in this model will take you just 4.7 seconds, also with the PDK.
Other roadster features include new electro-mechanical power steering, fully electric fabric top, raked center console inspired by the Carrera GT, optional Sport Chrono Package, dynamic transmission mounts and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear axle differential lock. Porsche notes that both models are up to 15 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing model.
The redesigned 2013 Porsche Boxster and Boxster S go on sale in U.S. in mid-summer, with price start at $50,450 for the Boxster and $61,850 for the Boxster S. Prices include a $950 shipping charge.