Porsche announces 2013 Boxster

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The convertible Porsche Boxster was introduced back in 1996, and with the discontinuation of the 928 and 968 that same year it became the German automaker's only offering aside from the iconic, rear-engined 911. Named for its horizontally-opposed "boxer" engine and its roadster layout, the Boxster drew immediate admiration for its good looks and fantastic driving dynamics. In 2005 a second-generation model was introduced with updated styling and more power, but the mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive configuration of the original was retained. Now, 16 years after its inception, Porsche has announced the third generation of the Boxster for the 2013 model year.

In comparison to the previous generation, the new Boxster weighs less than before and sports an all-new body with a revamped chassis. 2013 Boxsters also feature a wider track and a longer wheelbase, as well as larger wheels and a new electromechanical power steering system. Inside, the 2013 Boxster features more space for occupants and a revised and updated cabin design.

The base 2.7-litre flat-six engine in the new Boxster employs direct fuel injection and produces 265 horsepower, roughly 10 horsepower more than before. In Boxster S trim, power is provided by a 3.4-litre flat-six with 315 horsepower, an increase of approximately five horsepower.

Both the Boxster and Boxster S can be specified with either a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual-clutch automated transmission.

Despite being more powerful, the third-generation Boxsters are more fuel efficient than previous-generation cars, partly thanks to a start/stop system that shuts the engine off when the vehicle slows to a stop. When equipped with the PDK transmission, Porsche says the Boxster achieves both better fuel economy and improved acceleration performance: Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 5.7 seconds in the Boxster, and 5.0 seconds in the Boxster S.

Porsche's Sport Chrono Package is available as an optional extra for the new Boxster and allows for sportier tuning of the chassis and engine. Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) is also offered, and is claimed to improve steering response and precision by varying the drive torque sent to each wheel and applying brake pressure to the inside rear wheel, which generates a yaw movement around the vehicle's vertical axis and thus assists steering.

Now in its third generation, the 2013 Boxster is expected to arrive in the summer to contend with popular rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz SLK, BMW Z4 and Audi TT.
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Topics: Convertible, Roadster, Porsche, 2013, Boxster, Boxster S,

Organizations: Porsche

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