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Geneva Motor Show – 2013 Porsche Boxster

2013 Porsche Boxster

At this year’s edition of the Geneva show, Porsche has brought the third generation of the Boxster (981) which features a completely revised lightweight chassis, with a wider track, longer wheelbase and bigger wheels. The new model brings an entirely new exterior sheet metal with a flatter silhouette, shorter overhangs, edgier character lines and a forward-shifted windscreen.

2013 Porsche Boxster

The standard Boxster and the hotter S version are powered by 6-cylinder engines that benefit from a bunch of new technologies such as thermal management, electrical system recuperation and the stop/start function. Compared to the previous engines, the new lineup of power units is now 15% more fuel efficient.

2013 Porsche Boxster

The entry-level Boxster is motivated by a 2.7-liter unit that pumps out 265 hp (195 kW), while the more powerful S version comes with a larger 3.4-liter engine which is capable of providing 315 hp (232 kW). As standard, both versions are linked to a 6-speed transmission while clients will have the possibility to opt for the 7-speed PDK double clutch gearbox. With the PDK, the regular Boxster returns 30.5 mpg (7.7 liters / 100 km) while the Boxster S returns 29.4 mpg (8 liters / 100 km). The standard Boxster needs 5.7 seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, while the Boxster S will do it in 5 seconds.

2013 Porsche Boxster

Some of the other features of the all-new Porsche Boxster include fully electric fabric top, electro-mechanical power steering, Carrera GT-style raked center console, along with an optional Sport Chrono Package, PTV – Porsche Torque Vectoring and dynamic transmission mounts.

2013 Porsche Boxster

Both versions of the Boxster are going to go on sale next month in Germany, with prices starting from 48,291 Euros for the regular version while the S will set you back at least 59,120 Euros, VAT included. Those of you who live in the U.S. of A. will have to wait until the beginning of summer when the Boxster will arrive for $49,500 while the hotter S version is going to set you back at least $60,900, not taking into consideration the destination charges which add $950 to the total price tag of the car.

Source: Porsche

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All-new Porsche Boxster revealed

2012 Porsche Boxster

Over the last few months we’ve seen a lot of spy shots with the third generation of the Porsche Boxster but now we have official photos courtesy of the German manufacturer. The car will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and will become available in UK towards the last of April.

2012 Porsche Boxster

The new styling of the Boxster is the work of Porsche’s design boss Michael Mauer. It adopts a cab forward stance and comes with heavily sculptured flanks, longer doors, bigger wheel houses that will be accommodating larger wheels up to a size of 20 inches. At the back it will remind us of the classic 911 ducktail.

2012 Porsche Boxster

The carmaker has stated that the new model has a longer wheelbase and will feature wider tracks that guarantee more space inside the cabin. Codenamed 981, the new Boxster has a fully automatic cloth hood that no longer needs manual assistance. There is no need for a tonneau cover as it stows behind the cabin in a fully exposed position.

2012 Porsche Boxster

Autocar estimates that the car’s structure is more than 100kg less heavy in comparison to the all-steel body of the outgoing model. This means that the entry-level model is going to have a curb weight of less than 1,300 kg, even though it will pack more equipment.

2012 Porsche Boxster

This third generation of the Porsche Boxster features an entirely new chassis that has a longer wheelbase and a wider front track. Up front it features a MacPherson struts suspension while at the back it adopts a multi-link arrangement, which means that it can accommodate 20-inch wheels so Porsche will also install beefier brakes.

2012 Porsche Boxster

Probably the most significant modification in the car’s mechanical setting would have to be the steering system which ditches the hydraulic assistance  in favor a new electro-mechanical system that Porsche developed in collaboration with ZF.

2012 Porsche Boxster

The previous generation of the entry-level Boxster came with a 2.9-liter engine while the new model will have an horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder 2.7-liter that has been reworked. Even though it is a smaller engine, it manages to be 10 hp more powerful than the engine it replaces so it pumps out 265 hp. As you would expect, this power unit benefits from the stop/start technology, along with a thermal management system that dispenses with the gearbox oil cooler. Porsche also fitted the new Boxster with brake energy recuperation which should help the car deliver 36.7 mpg UK on the combined cycle which is going to be a 15% more efficient in comparison to the outgoing model.

2012 Porsche Boxster

The hotter Porsche Boxster S has the same 3.4-liter engine but this one too has been revised in order to be more efficient. The power figure is up by 5 hp to 315 hp while the fuel consumption is rated at 35.3 mpg, which is better than the previous 30.1 mpg.

2012 Porsche Boxster

As standard, the new generation of the model will come with a 6-speed manual gearbox while the 7-speed PDK double clutch transmission is going to be an optional feature. Fitted with the latter, the regular Boxster needs 5.7 seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, while the S version will do it in 5 seconds. Compared to the outgoing model, the new version of the car is 0.1 and 0.2 seconds faster, respectively. The car will be even quicker if fitted with the optional Sport Chrono package that offers dynamic gearbox mounts. The company’s engineers have also developed a Torque Vectoring system that offers the car a mechanical differential, but this is available only for the S version.

2012 Porsche Boxster

Inside the cabin, the new generation of the Porsche Boxster is wrapped around in Alcantara and has an audio CD system with a 7-inch color touchscreen display. In addition, it will have an auto stop/start and Sports mode, 18-inch alloy wheels and a universal audio interface that offers MP3 support. The more expensive S model rides on bigger 19-inch alloys and also has bi-xenon headlights and a partial leather interior.

Source: Porsche via Autocar.co.uk

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Spy Shots – Porsche Boxster

2012 Porsche Boxster

Courtesy of our colleagues from Auto Express, these are the clearest photos of the new Porsche Boxster available on the Internet and by analyzing them we can easily see that the car adopts a more dramatic profile while every body panel is completely new. At the back, car will get LED brake lights, while the cabin should borrow some of the design cues of the recently introduced 911 so expect to see clearer instruments and better quality.

The model in these photos is in fact the hot “S” version of the Boxster that rides on massive 18-inch alloys which will come as standard, and has a more shapely body and deeper intakes in order to feed cool air to the rear-mounted power unit. In addition, as you can see for yourselves it has flared wheel arches which make it look more masculine.

2012 Porsche Boxster

The new generation of the Porsche Boxster uses the same platform of the new 911 and the S version will probably get a 6-cylinder 3.4-liter engine that will adopt the stop/start technology. The old 6-cylinder 2.9-liter 255 hp engine will be ditched in favor of a smaller 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that outputs approximately 270 hp and it is more eco-friendly. By using more aluminum, Porsche’s engineers will be able to roll out a considerably lighter Boxster which will help shave off CO2 emissions.

2012 Porsche Boxster

Many people were expecting for an unveiling of the car back in March at the Geneva Motor Show, but now we’ll probably have to wait until the first month of next year when the Detroit Motor Show will be organized. The 2012 Porsche Boxster is scheduled to go on sale in the following spring, while in 2013 the new generation of the Cayman will be out.

Source: Auto Express

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2012 Porsche Boxster, New Details Available

2012 Porsche Boxster

Our colleagues from CarMagazine have learned that the upcoming 3rd generation of the Porsche Boxster will be more differentiated from the 911, featuring a 4-cylinder engine and lots of technical modifications. The next Boxster (981) will not be an evolution of the current model, but an entirely new vehicle that will feature a cab-forward design which will be crisper and with sportier proportions.

The wheelbase of the new Boxster will be 60mm longer, while the overall length will be up by 37mm. The height will be dropped by 10mm and in the cabin; the legroom will be improved by 18mm. Despite the fact that it is going to be a little bit bigger and with more equipment, the 3rd generation of the Porsche Boxster will weigh 15 kg less than the outgoing model, which means that it will have a curb weight of 1320 kg for the standard version and 1340 kg for the “S” model.

2012 Porsche Boxster

The standard model will be powered by a 2.7-liter engine that will develop 265 hp and a peak torque of 280 Nm, while the Boxster S gets a more powerful 3.4-liter that churns 315 hp and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to the PDK gearbox, the standard model will do the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 164 mph. The “S” needs only 4.9 seconds for the sprint and can reach a top speed of 171 mph

The 3rd generation of the Porsche Boxster will make its official debut in January next year at the Detroit Motor Show.

Source: CarMagazine

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Porsche testing out three electric Boxster models in 2011


Porsche knows that if it wants to stay successful and keep its future corporate overlord, Volkswagen, happy, it needs to invest in hybrid and electric powertrain technologies.

As such, we’ve already seen the plug-in Porsche 918 Spyder concept, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car, as well as the new 2011 Cayenne Hybrid.

Now, the company has officially revealed that it will be testing out three new all-electric prototypes next year, all based on the Boxster convertible sportscar.

These will be tried out in real life conditions around the company’s native city of Stuttgart, Germany, and provide key insight into electric motor and battery technology. You can expect that these findings will not only help the future 918 Spyder concept become a reality, but also other electric plans.

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Video: This 17-year-old swapped his way from an old phone to Porsche Boxster on Craigslist


Craigslist is akin to a magical place where anything is possible. You may find some great deals, but you may also expose yourself to con artists.

Luckily for 17-year-old Steven Ortiz, the popular auction website proved to be one of the best things that ever happened. He started his Craigslist ‘career’ by swapping an old phone for an iPod. He continued to trade his possessions, going from iPod to dirt bike and from that to a series of cars.

Eventually, Ortiz came across the deal of a lifetime, and swapped one of those cars for a pretty good looking Porsche Boxster.

His feat immediately became news, and a local ABC station conducted an interview with the Craigslist entrepreneur. Check the video out after the jump.
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Porsche Boxster fails at parking in Shanghai


A Shanghai Porsche Boxster owner decided to really showcase the more practical aspects of his convertible sportscar, and parked the car right on the stairs leading to a road underpass in his own city.

The guy took advantage of the small width of the Boxster and had absolutely no problem leaving the sportscar on those stairs (he even left some room for the actual pedestrians!).


So, what do you think of his ingenuity? Parking fail or resourcefulness win? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Porsche Boxster and Cayman get new option packages in Europe


Porsche knows not a lot of people want to spring for a 911 these days, and has just announced new option packages for its lower priced Boxster and Cayman models.

You won’t find any performance boosts, but you will get more bang for your buck. The first is a cosmetic package, which adds new color options to both the inside and the outside of the sportscars, as well as blacked-out 19-inch wheels, new tailpipes, mirrors, air vents, and special roll bars, for the Boxster. The design package also includes a new front lip and a rear spoiler, to make the cars look even more aggressive.

To increase your pleasure, the aptly named Comfort package features bi-xenon headlamps, complete with dynamic cornering lights, rain sensors, climate control, and a new wind deflector for the convertible editions.


The Infotainment package has the Porsche Communication Management system included, while the Sound package has options for each specific model. The Boxster will get a 185-watt seven-speaker system, while Cayman owners will enjoy a bigger 235-watt nine-speaker setup

Overall, these new features are bound to make people a bit more attracted in the budget Porsche cars.

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Porsche says there are no plans for hybrid sports cars


Hybrid cars are already well established in the current market, and for high end sports car manufacturers, they represent an easy way to improve their fleet-wide CO2 output and fuel average.

But even though quite a few sports cars are getting ready to welcome an electric motor alongside their bigger gasoline engines, Porsche boss Michael Macht revealed that models like the 911 or the Boxster won’t go that way.

“It’s technically possible but it’s not part of the plan. It also adds weight,” said Macht. “We want brake regeneration and stop-start for our sports cars, but not hybrid. They’re not driven in the city, where you get most of the advantages [of a hybrid].”

Now I don’t know about you, but the Porsche 911 has always been praised as a sports car which you can use in everyday, city life. Hopefully these other green-er technologies will help the performance models improve their efficiency.

Macht also revealed that the all-electric sports car, which might be based on the 911, is still going to have to jump through many hoops, in order to ensure that it will perform the same way as a regular car.

“There are some efforts to make a pure electric supercar,” he said, “but if Porsche is going to do that it must have the same performance and the same range as now. We want to make cars you can drive every day.”

What do you think about Porsche’s strategy? Would a hybrid 911 make sense? Leave a comment below.

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Porsche thinking about two smaller engines for the Boxster


Love the six-cylinder Boxer engines in the Porsche Boxster model? Well you should get one while you can, as the German company is rumored to be considering smaller power units for its entry level model in order to comply with the stricter CO2 emissions standards which will be adopted in the European Union by the end of 2012.

Hans-Jürgen Wöhler, the Boxster product director, revealed that smaller engines like a four-cylinder or even a turbocharged three-cylinder one might reach the Boxster’s middle section sooner rather than later, as they will generate around 180-200 HP with a CO2 output of just 180 g/km, something which will improve the average of the German company.

But there are a few variables in Porsche’s strategy, as it might be given a free pass from the EU, seeing as how it doesn’t sell more than 300,000 units each year. But once Volkswagen will hold a majority stake, things might change.

Would you agree with smaller engines in the Boxster? Leave your comment below.

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Porsche also bails on Magna over Boxster and Cayman production, company seeks damages of $600 million


Damn, Magna can’t catch a break these days. After being stood up, in lack of better words, by GM, which decided to keep Opel after heavy negotiations and almost signing a contract with the Canadian partsmaker and its partner, Sberbank, it seems that Porsche is bailing out of a deal it had with the company to produce, starting from 2012, the Boxster and Cayman models at its Graz plant in Austria.

It seems that the contract was signed last year, Porsche decided to shift the production of the Boxster and Cayman models closer to its native Germany, and awarded Magna with an eight-year contract, due to start in 2012. Now, as Volkswagen is in the process of acquiring Porsche, the new models will be shifted to an in-house plant, leaving Magna with nothing.

But the Canadian company isn’t going to receive this blow standing down, and, according to rumors, is planning to sue Porsche for €400 million (around $600 million) damages, as it already started upgrading its plant to facilitate the production of the new models.

While nothing is for certain yet, we will let you know about this new scandal in the automotive industry.

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Porsche reveals Boxster Spyder, will debut Los Angeles Auto Show, video included


Porsche has revealed yesterday that its Boxster lineup will receive a brand new model next year, the Spyder convertible, which will make its first appearance at December’s Los Angeles Motor Show in California.

Described by Porsche in three words: “light, efficient, open” the new Boxster spider will have a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine, which will produce 320 HP, beating the Boxster S’ 310 output. Porsche’s already famous PDK gearbox will be offered as an option, making the car spring from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.8 seconds, and to a top speed of 267 km/h (166 mph). What’s more interesting is that it will support such a speed with the roof down. Even more attractive is that it will consume just 9.3 liters/100 km (that’s 30.4 mph) in the New European driving cycle benchmark (NEDC)

Don’t go thinking that switching the roof with a soft top one would make the new Boxster fatter, as Porsche boasts that at a weight of 1,275 kg (2,811 lbs) is the lightest in the whole vehicle lineup. An all new sports suspension has been added, as well as new styling touches like revamped front and rear bumpers, 10-spoke alloy wheels and new air intakes. on the inside, the new sport seats awaits the drive, as well as sill plates with Boxster Spyder inscriber on them.


The new car, as I’ve said, will debut in December in Los Angeles, and go on sale in February 2010, for around €53,100 ( around $79,000). You can hit the jump to see the promotional video that the German company released for this model.

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Porsche Norway dealer forced to decrease Boxster and Cayman power for tax reductions


For all those power enthusiasts which squeal with joy every time 1 HP gets added to the final output of a car, you’d better not read the following story. It seems that the Norwegian Porsche dealer Autozentrum Sport AS, has decided to decrease the power output of the Boxster and Cayman models in order to make them more affordable.

Before you cry “Blasphemy!” and ready the pitchforks and torches, you’d better take into account Norway’s strict car import rules, which increases taxes depending on the power and CO2 output of the vehicle. After seeing its rating decreased from 255 to 211, the Boxster is now cheaper by 88,000 Norwegian crown (that’s $15,621 or €10,524). For the Cayman, its power went down from 265 to 211, and is now cheaper by a whopping 106,000 crowns (or $18,819 / €12,677).

So there is reason behind Autozentrum’s madness, but what’s rather peculiar is that Porsche is still claiming that the decrease in power hasn’t affected the acceleration and performance figures for the Boxster or Cayman.

So does this mean that Porsche is just throwing on the extra HP so that its drivers can brag to friends? You be the judge.

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15 year old boy takes dad’s Porsche Boxster for a joy ride, falls 70 feet off a cliff


In stark contrast with the previous article which revealed that young people aren’t that interested in cars these days, we have just received a video from ABC News which tells the story of a 15-year-old boy which swiped his dad’s Porsche Boxster car, got his 12-year-old cousin in the passenger seat and went for a joy ride around Porter Ranch in Los Angeles, California.

Of course, the young boy didn’t manage to control the sports car and drove right off a cliff into a construction zone located down a 70-feet drop. But as a testimony to the nearly perfect weight ratio between the front and rear axle, the car managed to land with all four wheels on the ground, and the two young boys didn’t experience any major injuries, walking away from the crash with only a big scare.

“Miracles still happen, that’s the best way I can put it,” Officer Eric Hansen from the LAPD told ABC news. “Firemen were saying that they’ve never seen that deep of a drop without fatalities, and they were able to walk out of it.”

It seems that the police aren’t going to press any charges, but the boys need to do some serious explanation to their family, which while angry at them, is happy to see they made it out without any serious injury.

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Facelifted Porsche Cayman and Boxster debut at the LA Auto Show

Following the launch of the new 911, at the LA Auto Show, Porsche is unveiling the facelifts for the Cayman and the Boxster, which, beside the obvious resytling, will also get new flat-six boxer engines. The new two-seaters received new air intakes, foglights as standard, new rear panels with diffuser inserts (Boxster) and wind deflector plate (Cayman) and new LED rear lights.

Like we said, under the hood, the Cayman and the Boxster will be offered with new engines. The smallest engine will be a 2.9 litres unit developing 255 bhp (188 kW) in the Boxster and 265 bhp (195 kW) in the Cayman, while the S versions will be powered by a 3.4 liter engine with Direct Fuel Injection, which delivers 310 bhp (228 kW) in the Boxster S and 320 bhp (235 kW) in the Cayman S. This means the Cayman S goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, while the Boxster S takes 5.9 seconds. Porsche also managed to improve the fuel economy, the 2.9 liter takes 8.9 litres/100 km (26.4 mpg US), while the 3.4 liter unit needs 9.2 l/100 km (25.5 mpg US).

The new models are entering the market in February 2009. The base price of the Boxster in the Euro countries is Euro 38,600, the base price of the Cayman Euro 41,700. The corresponding prices of the Boxster S are Euro 46,700, of the Cayman S Euro 51,500. Including VAT and national specifications, the Boxster retails in Germany at Euro 46,142, the Cayman at Euro 49,831. The Boxster S, in turn, comes at a retail price of Euro 55,781, the Cayman S at Euro 61,493.

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