The recent unveiling of the Porsche 2012 911 Carrera Cabriolet at the Detroit Auto Show wowed motoring fans but the German car maker is not resting on its laurels. The legendary brand gave drivers a sneak peek of the 2013 Boxter and it looks like Porsche is determined to churn out more power, more style and even more industry groundbreakers.
The Boxter’s revised headlamps and smoother running lamp and air intake setup, gives it an all round sophistication and the promise of peak driving enjoyment. The 2013 Boxster’s all-aluminum skin has taken some weight off the car’s body improving fuel economy while maintaining the same aerodynamic feel and style that Porsche is known for.
Driving the rear-wheel drive vehicle are two flat-six cylinder engines with direct injection, thermal management and start/stop function. The Boxter will come in four variants, Base, S, Spyder and Black edition. The base engine pushes 265hp while the Boxster S is powered by a 3.4-liter engine that produces 315hp.
The standard Boxster will do a comfortable 100km/h in 5.4 seconds with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, while the Boxster S can hit 100km/h in 4.7 seconds. The standard base Boxter offers a six-speed manual transmission with optional PDK seven-speed double-clutch gearbox, including manual shift and steering wheel paddles.
Adding to its appeal, the 2013 Boxster comes with a power retractable rear spoiler, 17-inch aluminum wheels, LED tail lamps, leather seat trim, air conditioning, cruise control and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, as well as a MP3-compatible CD player and universal audio interface.
Porsche’s new Black Edition features a monochrome treatment, with 19-inch black aluminum wheels, black exterior mirrors, blackened exhaust pipes and black interior trim, along with Bi-Xenon adaptive headlights, satellite radio and a navigation system.
The Spyder variant has more exclusive equipment, including a fixed rear lip spoiler, 19-inch aluminum wheels, locking rear differential and leather sport seats with carbon fibre seatbacks. To reduce weight and enhance performance the radio and air conditioning are removed.
Standard safety features for the 2013 Boxter include Porsche Stability Management (PSM), anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, front and side seat-mounted airbags with a curtain airbag for head protection, and fixed roll-over protection bars.