Porsche’s new Boxster may not have made an appearance at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, but the German automaker decided to grab some more attention by releasing photos of the third-generation model onto the Internet.
The latest iteration of the two-seater sports car will feature an all-new lightweight body, upgraded flat-six powerplants and a completely revamped chassis with some sleek styling changes, taking cues from Porsche’s 918 Spyder Concept. In addition, the longer wheelbase and wider track helps improve space in the Boxster. Porsche also outfitted the new Boxster with a new fully automatic hood which now dispenses with a compartment lid for the convertible top when it’s stowed away.
In the interior, Porsche updated the Boxster iso it now features a large screen and similar controls found on the Panamera and the newest 911.
Even though exact specifications weren’t released, the new Boxster’s all-aluminum body will be significantly lighter than its all-steel predecessor. The revised chassis should also be lighter than the previous generation setup.
As for engines, Porsche revised the horizontally-opposed, six-cylinder engines both featuring direct injection technology. The base Boxster will be powered by a 2.7L, flat-six with 265-hp. Despite having a smaller displacement than the outgoing 2.9L, the 2.7L produces more power and propels the standard Boxster to 60-mph in 5.4-seconds. The Boxster S on the other hand will get a revised 3.4L with 315-hp (5-hp more than the previous one) giving it a 0-60 mph time of just 4.7-seconds.
Both variants will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission available as an option.
It is also estimated that the newly revised flat-six engines will provide better gas mileage with an estimated 29.4-mpg in the US. Porsche will also offer plenty of options on their new Boxster with a Sport Chrono Package with Dynamic Transmission Mounts and the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical rear limited slip differential possibly some one of the more popular ones.
The 2013 Porsche Boxster will go on sale in the US starting in the summer with the base model starting at $49,500 and the Boxster S will retail for $60,900.