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Porsche Unwraps New Boxster

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2012 Porsche Boxster

by Ross Darby
  • New design for 2013
  • Lighter-weight, longer wheelbase than outgoing model
  • Fuel efficiency up 15 percent

When an automaker debuts a new platform for one of its cars, it's not uncommon for that chassis to make its way down through the brand's other models. Only days after releasing its new Carrera Cabriolet at the Detroit Auto Show, Porsche released the first pictures of the, you guessed it, platform-sharing 2013 Boxster.

Set to land on dealer lots later this summer, the new Boxster focuses on building upon the weight savings that the new chassis offers. Despite having a longer wheelbase and wider track, Porsche says the new roadster is "considerably lower weight" than the car it replaces. This is achieved through lighter-weight materials used to build the chassis and body panels, as well as ditching unnecessary things like the folding top's lid, leaving a portion of the soft top exposed when folded behind the front seats.

Unsurprisingly, a flat-six engine powers both the base and S models, with a 2.7-liter engine powering the entry car, and a 3.4-liter based off of that engine powering the sportier S trim. The 2.7-liter is good for 265-horsepower, which is still 10 horses up from the larger engine used to power the outgoing model. The Boxster S is good for 315 horsepower.

Either a six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission is offered on both cars, with Porsche recommending the latter option for better performance and economy. With the PDK taking care of shifting, the base Boxster will go from 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds, and the S will make it in five-flat, all while getting up to 15 percent more fuel efficiency than the old Boxster.

What it means to you: The Boxster has long been a good entry point into the Porsche world, offering top-down cruising as an added perk. The new one benefits from advances made for the 911, bringing a better driving experience while still gaining efficiency.

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Porsche Unwraps New Boxster