Earlier this year, more precisely on 12 January, Porsche announced their new Boxster on their website. Referred to as 981, the 2013 Porsche Boxster S is the direct descendant of the famous and long line of Porsche roadsters and was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The vehicle weighs around 2,900 pounds thanks to the all-aluminum skin that will only improve the fuel economy. 981 comes up with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK gearbox.
You’ll notice the shades of Carrera GT in the sheetmetal of Boxster S especially when you view it from profile. Even so, when one views the car from the front and rear, one can notice details that belong to no other Porsche model but only to the new Porsche Boxster S. The headlamps have been revised though they take something from the 904 and the air intake setup is now more svelte. The taillamps are now a combination of 918′s upkicked rear and 991′s vertical slats. All in all, the design stands for evolution rather than revolution but that will probably be ok with many of the car’s fans.
Regarding the interior, this is dominated by the Panamera-inspired central tunnel. The auto start-stop buttons are placed near the passenger whereas the Adaptive Damper, Sport, Sport+ and Traction controls are located near the driver with the convertible switches mounted in the middle and the spoiler.
In what the audio, navigation, climate and seat controls are regarded, 981 resembles 911. Ahead of the driver, there’s the instrument panel that includes the tach in the middle, a configurable TFT display on the right and the speedometer on the left.
Measuring 330mm, the wheel comes in different flavors being a manual model without any redundant buttons. 981 is 40mm wider up front, 10mm lower and less than an inch longer.
Porsche Boxster S sports a 3.4-liter flat-six engine that produces 315 horsepower with 266 lb-ft torque available from 4,500 and 5,800 rpm whereas the standard Boxster features a 2.7-liter flat six which is good enough for 265 horsepower and runs to 60mph in 5.4 seconds with the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Boxster S does that in just 4.7 seconds and reaches a topspeed of 173 mph.
The standard 2013 Boxster will hit the U.S. showrooms this summer and will be available for $49,500. Boxster S will reach the price of $60,900, though.