After officially revealing the much anticipated 2012 911 Carrera Cabriolet at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, Porsche has wasted no time introducing the latest of its upcoming models, the 2013 Boxster. While the mid-engine roadster won’t make its official debut until the Geneva Motor Show in March, here are some preliminary details.
In terms of re-design this very attractive Porsche shows off revised headlamps and more svelte running lamp/air intake setup with a wider stance and longer wheelbase. The 2013 Boxster’s aluminum skin reduces weight in comparison to its predecessor that serves to make it more engaging on the roads while simultaneously improving fuel economy.
Behind the seats there are two flat-six engines with direct injection, thermal management and start/stop functionality. The base Boxster uses a 2.7-litre flat six, good for 265 horsepower while the Boxster S is powered by a 3.4-litre six that produces 315 hp. The standard Boxster will run to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds with the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, while the Boxster S will do the same in just 4.7 seconds. A six-speed manual gearbox is also available with either engine.
The official press release describes the new Boxster as ”Lighter, more muscular, more distinctive and more fuel-efficient.”
The 2013 Boxster will be available in U.S. show rooms this summer in the Northern hemisphere at a price of $49,500 for the Boxster and $60,900 for the Boxster S.