By Carl Malek
After months of speculation and numerous teases, Porsche has finally taken the curtain off of its latest redesigned offering, the 2013 Porsche Boxster Roadster. This car promises to be the most efficient and performance-oriented Boxster iteration the company has ever built. The 2013 Porsche Boxster will not be formally unveiled until the Geneva Motor Show in March but the company was kind enough to share some initial details about its newest droptop ahead of its official unveiling.
The exterior of the 2013 Boxster has undergone a significant redesign with nearly every single panel of the body replaced with new curvaceous body work that seems to be mostly inspired by the Porsche 918 Concept as well as models from the company’s past including the 1960 718 RS 60 Spyder. The new body’s curves and styling touches do their part to give the car a massive dose of character and style. In addition to improving the car’s styling, the new body of the Boxster is also lighter in weight thanks to the clever use of aluminum body panels which helps turn the Boxster into a lighter and more precise beast.
The roadster’s chassis was also redesigned for 2013 and now boasts a wider track which helps improve the car’s ride quality and handling characteristics. Another key chassis tweak is the use of Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM) that regularly assigns the damper force to each wheel based on not only the conditions of the road but the driving style of the person behind the wheel. As a nice bonus, the PASM system also helps lower the car’s suspension a full 10 mm to further optimize handling.
The interior of the Boxster has also been redone for 2013, Though it may appear similar to the last generation Boxster’s cabin, Porsche designers have added a few new touches which should please a wide variety of customers. The familiar three-pod gauge cluster has been retained, but Porsche engineers have made the far right pod into a 4.6 inch TFT screen which allows the car to display various types of information to the driver. Other changes include a brand new center console that has been moved closer to the instrument panel, and features a shift lever that has been placed slightly higher and closer to the steering wheel.
In addition to the interior and exterior changes, Porsche engineers have also reworked the performance aspects of the 2013 Boxster to help propel the car towards the best in its class. The 2.9 liter naturally aspirated flat six engine from the last generation Boxster has been shelved in favor of a smaller 2.4 liter unit that is good for 265 horsepower ( a 10 horsepower bump from the old engine) and 207 lb ft of torque. Along with these improved output numbers, the new engine is also equipped with automatic start/stop technology to increase the fuel mileage in city or stop and go driving situations. Transmission choices for the 2013 Boxster are limited to either a standard six speed manual gearbox or Porsche’s optional PDK automatic transmission. Porsche claims that thanks to the lighter body work and stronger engine, the new Boxster can make the dash from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds when equipped with the PDK transmission. Other goodies include the optional Sport Chrono package, which features dynamic shift mounts and other performance hardware. The company’s Porsche Torque Vectoring system (PTV) which will be offered in the Boxster for the first time.
Expect the 2013 Porsche Boxster to arrive at your local Porsche dealership sometime this summer with a base price of $49,500, plus a $950 destination charge.