All-new 2013 Porsche Boxster revealed [videos]

Just as leaked photos were starting to infiltrate the web, Porsche stemmed their impact by releasing the full monty of the all-new third generation Porsche Boxster (981). The open-top two-seater is lighter and leaner with a completely revised chassis and 15 percent more fuel-efficient engines.

Design-wise, the new Boxster receives revamped styling with shorter overhangs, significantly forward-shifted windscreen, flatter silhouette and edgier character lines.

The new Boxster uses a new lightweight body with a longer wheelbase, a wider track and larger wheels. Combined with its mid-engine layout, driving dynamics are enhanced even further than the current 987 generation.

Both Boxster and Boxster S are using direct injection flat-six engines which feature new technologies such as electrical system recuperation, thermal management and start/stop function.

In the base Boxster the 2.7 liter engine produces 265 HP (261 bhp / 195 kW), which is 10 HP more than its larger displacement predecessor. The Boxster S gets a bigger 3.4-liter engine delivering 315 HP (311 bhp / 232 kW). That is 5 HP more than the previous version.

As before, six-speed gearbox is standard for both while the seven-speed PDK double clutch trans is optional. Fuel consumption for the Boxster with PDK is 7.7l/100km (30.5 mpg US) and the Boxster S is 8.0l/100km (29.4 mpg US). Full throttle performance sprints to 100 km/h in the Boxster is 5.7 seconds and the Boxster S is 5.0 seconds.

Other roadster features include new electro-mechanical power steering, fully electric fabric top, raked center console inspired by the Carrera GT, optional Sport Chrono Package, dynamic transmission mounts and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear axle differential lock.

The Boxster and Boxster S launch in Germany on 14.04.2012 with a list price of 48,291 euro and 59,120 euro (19% VAT incl), respectively.

In the U.S. market launch will be early summer with a list price of $49,500 for the Boxster and $60,900 for the Boxster S not including a $950 destination charge.

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Looks squat and purposeful. I like.
Jan 14, 2012 3:21 pm
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If it will drive like the one it replaces and with this looks... Well i think Porsche have a winner here
Jan 12, 2012 4:45 pm
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Wow Porsche you really need to start to move on and come up with some new designs. i do not see any changes. i do like it when a car company, Porsche in particular say "we have an all new car" and all they have done is tweaked the engine and put some new LED lights one. Don't get me wrong they probably are one of the best driving cars in the world but i do wish they would make some major design changes.
Jan 12, 2012 2:57 pm
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You are either blind or in complete denial. The car is as different as Porsche will ever get...subtantial changes in this case.
Jan 13, 2012 3:53 pm
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this will be excellent, giving past and present facts about the manufacturer, as well as the model itself.
Jan 12, 2012 1:41 pm
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Rather like it actually not sure about front lower grille but love everything else.... Now where the real best car in the porsche range...the cayman...if porsche just allowed the car to b everything it could b it would woop the 911
Jan 12, 2012 1:35 pm
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never really liked the boxter but this one is beautiful especially the side stance but tail lights should be thinner
Jan 12, 2012 1:08 pm
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I always thought the Boxster was better compared to its main rivals, the Z4 and the SLK. The new model proved it still is.
Jan 12, 2012 12:00 pm
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The new Boxster looks fantastic! I've always liked the Boxster's classic roadster looks but this new one is on a whole new level.
Jan 12, 2012 11:56 am
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Porsche really hit something strong with this one. First of all, the Carrera GT design inspiration is blatant unless you're Stevie Wonder: the rear spoiler, the front fascia, the gaping side-scoop...it's all there. It is very pretty, but then here I am to disappoint you all. Porsche will die before it gives this car the engine it deserves (at least the Carrera S, if you ask me).
Jan 12, 2012 10:41 am
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This is a good example evolutionizing with family design. Audi should take a good look at this and stop saying their boring and crappy design as family design. Thy are all just lazy lousy work with no soul. This is so good that it's going to steal sales from the new 911
Jan 12, 2012 9:40 am
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I like that he front looks a bit like carrera GT. And finally a new interior and a -somewhat- new rear!
Jan 12, 2012 9:36 am
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it amazes me how many people think the new boxster resembles the old carrera GT. Dont you see the 918 design in it??? Anyway it really looks great especially those doors and air intakes. all in all the outlines are sharper and more precise than in the past!
Jan 12, 2012 8:57 am
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What you didn't see a bit of Carrera GT in the 918?
Jan 12, 2012 11:47 am
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i mean of course there is some carrera gt style in the design but in my opinion it s closer to the 918 though! and yes the 918 itself was inspired by the C. GT, so either aspect is correct ;)
Jan 12, 2012 6:20 pm
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I think the phrase is either Porsche DNA, or pedigree, which gives all their cars "that look" and results in them being instantly recongisable as such. That is the similarity that has made all porsches recognisable as belonging to the barand.
Jan 12, 2012 1:55 pm
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Nice, but I'd still prefer the Cayman
Jan 12, 2012 8:53 am
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Lovely design, not sure about the funky headlamps but are those brakes good enough since the rear brakes look small.
Jan 12, 2012 7:03 am
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Porsche finally nailed the Boxster!
Jan 12, 2012 6:20 am
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inspired by carrera gt? where?!!! can't see any common things between them. not inside ... anyway porsche's philosophy continues ... still oooks like boxter evo3
Jan 12, 2012 6:19 am
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The front looks good but the rear looks like "i'd say it's just a render" .. The previous model looks much better at the rear.
Jan 12, 2012 6:03 am
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finally a good looking Porsche. Good job.
Jan 12, 2012 6:00 am
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very good looking car, interior probably best porsche ever made. my only concern is the rear end - looks a bit girlish...
Jan 12, 2012 5:56 am
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This is now my favorite Roadster. It's stunning inside out. I have to admit how surprisingly beautiful the interior is.
Jan 12, 2012 5:35 am
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