3/3/12

Porsche Boxster Redux


The entry-level convertible from the fine folks at Porsche has been re-engineered from the ground up for the 2013 model year.  The resulting next generation Boxster has a longer wheelbase and wider track, yet manages to weigh less than the outgoing model.  This, of course, aids performance as well as fuel-efficiency. 
The new base Boxster is powered by a 2.7 liter flat-six delivering 265 hp – ten more than the previous model.  The Boxster S model ups the ante with a 3.4 liter engine with 315 ponies.  The improved fuel efficiency should come in around 15 percent when final figures are released.

To my eye the new bodywork is a subtle step up in design language.  A more aggressive, muscular aesthetic manages improved aerodynamics as well as fitting better with the car’s personality.  The interior rework follows along with the cabins of the new 911, Panamera and Cayenne in style and layout, and looks like a great place to spend time behind the wheel.
Overall I am very pleased with the work of the folks at Porsche AG.  This new Boxster will no doubt be a huge success.  Due in showrooms in early summer, the Boxster will start at $49,500 and the S-model rings in at $60,900. 

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