Porsche Boxster 2013 redesigned to look the same
The Porsche Boxster has undergone comprehensive changes for the 2013 model year, even though it looks largely the same to the untrained eye.
The open-top two-seater now has a completely new lightweight all-aluminium body, and a revamped longer-wheelbase platform with a wider track and larger wheels. The Boxster now has shorter overhangs, a significantly forward-shifted windshield and a generally lower side-profile. The interior space is now larger, with a 911-style dashboard. Even the soft-top has been redesigned to delete the compartment lid for the folding top.
The base model’s updated 2.7-litre engine now offers 265 hp, while the 3.4-litre Boxster S engine has been upgraded to 315 hp. Both engines are flat-6 units with direct injection, mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed “PDK” automanual gearbox. Engine efficiency is boosted by new electro-mechanical power steering, a new start/stop-at-idle function and other features. Therefore the 2013 Boxster boasts better performance with 15% more fuel efficiency. Depending on model, it consumes significantly less than 8 litres/100 km as rated.
The Boxster with PDK does the 0-100 kph sprint in 5.7 seconds, while the Boxster S can do it in just 5.0 seconds.
Porsche offers a Sport Chrono Package as an optional extra, featuring dynamic transmission mounts for the first time. Also new for the Boxster is Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear axle differential lock.
The new Porsche Boxster and Boxster S are available for order already, with first deliveries starting in June this year. The basic retail price for the Boxster in the GCC is Dhs 196,900, whereas the Boxster S is available from Dhs 217,100. Options can add up to Dhs 100,000 to the UAE price.
Keep track of updates in the Porsche Boxster buyer guide.