Revealed in January, the all-new 2013 Porsche Boxster makes its public debut in Geneva. The automaker's mid-engine entry level two seat sports car gets a major remake in this generational transition, gaining more visual and mechanical sophistication as well as more pure performance.
Borrowing several design cues from its recently revamped 911 Carrera Convertible kin as well as Porsche's Carrera GT supercar, the Gen III Boxster's bodywork has a more purposeful look highlighted by edgier lines, more upright headlamps and high-profile side scallops. Slightly larger than the vehicle it replaces, the new Boxster also has a longer wheelbase and wider track. Those dimensional changes coupled with bigger wheel/tire fitments and the extensive use of aluminum in place of steel that helps reduce curb weight by 100-200 pounds promise to give this stunning roadster even more incredible handling dynamics in both Boxster and the more potent Boxster S iterations.
Inside, the Boxster's larger and more ergonomically focused cabin also features elements that reflect direct family ties with the new 911 Carrera and Carrera GT. The remake also brings one other welcome enhancement: the Boxster's first-ever power-activated convertible top. Like the unit on the 911 Carrera Cabriolet, it cycles quickly in either direction and retracts to form an integral tonneau cover.
Motivation for the 2013 Porsche Boxster and Boxster S comes from a pair of highly efficient direct-injected flat-six engines. The Boxster's packs a 2.7-liter with 265 horsepower, up 10 from the current model while the 3.4-liter alternative in the Boxster S cranks out 315 ponies, five more than the present "S" variant. Either can be matched with a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional seven-speed "Doppelkupplungsgetriebe" (PDK) dual-clutch automated manual. The latter transmission delivers both the quickest acceleration - 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds for the Boxster and 4.7 ticks for the Boxster S -- as well as the best fuel consumption figures.
Both 2013 Porsche Boxster variants also feature new Start/Stop technology as well as thermal energy management systems. Porsche claims those features coupled with the substantial weight loss programs and more efficient electro-mechanical power steering are expected to generate up to 15 percent better fuel economy. On the performance front, the Boxster/Boxster S will be available with Porsche's Sport Chrono Package that features dynamic transmission mounts for the first time as well as the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) systems with a mechanical rear axle differential lock.
The new Porsche Boxster and Boxster S models arrive in U.S. showrooms this summer. Pricing for the new 2013 Boxster will start at $50,450 and the 2013 Boxster S will open at $61,850.