Porsche’s all-new 2013 Boxster, is the third generation model which enjoys its most significant design development to date.
“Evolutionary, not revolutionary” is the strategy adopted by Porsche although the latest Boxster has had every panel re-designed. The new stylish body includes a shorter front and rear overhangs, bigger wheels and a new rear wing which is automatically deploys at 75mph. The car has a longer wheelbase and wider track widths than when compared to the last, which is said to “significantly enhance” the car’s dynamics.
The new Boxster has a 2.7-litre flat-six engine, smaller than the 2.9 it replaces, although with 10bhp more. The new Boxster S gets a 3.4-litre engine, which is the same size as it predecessor although there is a 5bhp greater output. The car is rear wheel drive and has a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, or a seven-speed PDK twin-clutch gearbox as an optional upgrade.
The interior is mostly familiar, although with tweaks. These changes include a 4.6-inch TFT screen, allowing for various forms of information to be displayed and a redesigned centre consol.
The new model is unsurprisingly more efficient with better performance and stop/start technology. The convertible soft top for the Boxster can be raised or lowered at speeds of up to 30mph, and can be operated via the keyfob when parked taking just 9 seconds to open or close.
Porsche has officially stated: “We have redefined the Boxster in terms of its performance, and defined how the roadster of the future should look. In doing so, we have once again succeeded in creating an icon of independence in that inimitable Porsche way. Just like its legendary predecessors, including the 550 Spyder, it is a Porsche that continues to epitomise the feeling of genuine freedom and advancement”.