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Ok, so the worst just happened, like something totally NOT GOOD. Perhaps a natural disaster has devastated your country; maybe a virulent disease or food-borne illness is spreading throughout the population; conceivably even the hand of God has reached down from on high and caused an outright nuclear meltdown. Whatever the reason, things are seriously jacked.
Volkswagen still has a while to go before they can completely take over Porsche, but the German automaker is slated to begin producing Porsche‘s Boxster at their Osnabrück plant, where VW produces their Golf Cabriolet.
The VW plant in Germany will begin volume production of the Porsche Boxster starting this fall and the total capacity at the Osnabrück plant is 100,000 vehicles per year. Porsche plans on using the VW plant to handle overflow production from its main plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany.
Prior to this, Valmet Automotive was Porsche’s partner for overflow production. Valmet had manufactured 227,890 Boxter and Cayman cars at its plant in Finland from 1997 to 2011.
[Source: Wards Auto]
That makes the new Boxster S a tick faster than the Chevy Corvette C6 (7:59), Dodge Viper SRT-10 (7:59), and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe (8:01). The Boxster S is powered by a 3.4-liter flat-six engine packing 315-hp and a 4.7-second 0-60 time. The 3.4L is mated to a six-speed manual as standard, but a seven-speed PDK dual clutch transmission is available as an option. Also optional is a Sport Chrono Package with Dynamic Transmission Mounts and a Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) mechanical differential.
Compared to the more powerful Porsche 911, the Boxster S is about 18 seconds slower on the ‘Ring, but still impressive given the cars it bests.
GALLERY: 2013 Porsche Boxster
According to Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller, the idea remains actively discussed. Dubbed internally as the “550″ project, only last month did Porsche hold a focus group to get a feel for the timing of an A-segment roadster. While Mueller declined to reveal the findings, he did acknowledge that an entry-level Porsche isn’t so much a question of “if”, but “when is the right time? Now? Three years from now? Six or Seven?”
Porsche’s main concern for the entry spyder isn’t a matter of technical ability but a concern over brand image when entering a lower-priced segment. Also, if the “550″ project is given the green light, then it will take another three years to reach production. In any case, Porsche’s sales and marketing member Bernhard Maier explained, “We’re in no hurry. We have the freshest and youngest model line we’ve had in our history.”
In the meantime, Porsche will create more variants for its current model line-up. Regarding the redesigned 2013 Boxster, Porsche made a point that the Boxster hasn’t moved upmarket to make room for an entry sports car. Rather, the new refinements are intended for Boxster’s natural product trajectory. In fact, Porsche plans to provide a turbocharged flat-4 powered Boxster offering in the future.
This looks to be the perfect interim solution as Porsche could test the waters with a new engine without having to risk an all-new model. Bernhard Maier believes that “a lot of opportunities” remain for Boxster variants. However, it is important for Porsche that each “must be profitable, which means a certain amount of sales volume.”
GALLERY: 2013 Porsche Boxster
[Source: Motor Authority]
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.
GALLERY: 2013 Porsche Boxster
Obviously when it comes to modifying cars, there’s a different style and process to building and customizing each project. But at the top of almost everyone’s wish list is an aftermarket suspension, not only lowering the vehicle to give it a more aggressive stance, but to also improve its handling. There are major cons to lowering a vehicle though: a harsher ride and much less clearance between your car’s front bumper and hazards on the road. Those hazards mostly include those pesky curbs and speed bumps, causing us to take each at an angle and as slowly as possible.
Thankfully TechArt has been taking notes and listening to its customers’ demands. They have recently announced their Noselift System that will raise the front end of your Porsche close to 2.4-inch with a quick push of a button. The height adjustment is really quick and quiet, doing what it needs to do, when you need it.
And given TechArt’s track record with their products, we’ll assume it’s of utmost high quality. No pricing has been released yet.
GALLERY: TechArt Noselift System
Official press release available after the break.
The search is on for America’s oldest Porsches to celebrate the company’s 60th Anniversary. Porsche Cars North America has launched the My Classic Porsche Search, focused on finding the oldest Porsches from 12 different model categories. And as icing on the cake, they’re also seeking the very oldest Porsche of all time.
So which 12 models are they searching for? Well, if you’re an owner of a Porsche 356, 911, 912, 914, 924, 928, 944, 968, Boxster, Cayenne, Carrera GT and/or Cayman, and you think you have one of the oldest ones out there head on over to www.porsche60years.com to check out the participation guidelines.
And if you’re selected as one of the official winners, you’ll not only receive special recognition but become eligible for additional awards including an exclusive badge from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. They may also choose one vehicle to be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show amongst all of Porsche’s newest models.
Official press release available after the break.
Porsche‘s $630,000 918 Spyder isn’t the only new sports car the company is seeking to add to its lineup. According to reports from Bloomberg, the German sports car maker is set to debut a new line of smaller roadsters set to slot in below the current Boxster.
A sub-Boxster model has been rumored for years, but the Bloomberg article contains the first concrete evidence pointing towards it, quoting Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn as confirming the new model.
Winterkorn’s assertion lends credibility to the rumors that one platform will spawn not only the new Porsche, but the Volkswagen Bluesport roadster and the long-rumored Audi R4, albeit with different engines that are representative of their respective brands.
Sometimes it’s not enough to drive a fine, luxury automobile. You need everyone to know what you drive (or what you wish you did drive) by bringing a piece of it with you wherever you go.
When you’re heading out of town, you can let the world know that your luggage fits perfectly in your Porsche with the new Porsche Design Driver’s Selection line of luggage. Just as sleek and cool as the car itself, this line of luggage was designed to fit in the storage spaces of the Boxster, 911, Cayman, Cayenne and Panamera.
There are three different types in this collection, they all come in a variety of sizes and come in a choice of the original Porsche vehicle exterior colors: the “Ultralight,” which sport a classic design and is made of light polycarbonate; the Porsche Carfit series that is made with “AluFrame”-trolleys; and the Panamera leather series.
If you really want to OP (Over Porsche) it, consider accessorizing with the company’s new collection of line of jackets, wallets, handbags, and sunglasses.
Looking to put a little extra bling in your outfit? Consider picking up a metallic purse embellished with a Cadillac hood ornament. You’ll get plenty of interior room (just like a Caddy) and you’ll definitely make a fashion statement (again, just like a Caddy). These gems were spotted in Santee Alley in LA’s garment district, but you could probably do this yourself with an ordinary bag, a needle and thread or a glue gun, and a hood ornament from a car of your choice. Bam – instant fashion statement!
Smaller SUV model also being examined
Porsche has officially confirmed that it is looking at bringing a baby Boxster model to market. Rumored to have been in the works for some time, VW Chairman Dr. Martin Winterkorn told the U.K.’s Autocar that such a sports car is under considreration.
When pressed on the issue, Winterkorn responded; “Let’s just say we do not usually waste our effort…”
According to the report, the sports car, rumored to be called the “new 356″, won’t really be that much under the current Boxster, as Porsche looks to take its Boxster model further up-market. Power would come from a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, making roughly 250-hp. This new model will also share its chassis with Audi’s upcoming R4 electric car.
In addition to the new sports car, Winterkorn also confirmed that Porsche is taking a long, hard look at a smaller SUV to slot in underneath the Cayenne.
In a world of increasingly strict fuel economy and emissions regulations, what the future holds for Porsche under new ownership by Volkswagen is not yet clear, but the German sports car maker isn’t taking any chances and is already looking ahead to smaller engines. In an interview with the U.K.’s AutoCar, Boxster model line director Hans-Jurgen Wohler said that a four-cylinder engine or even a three-cylinder turbocharged engine might be both necessary and acceptable.
“A Boxster with a four-cylinder engine, or maybe even a three-cylinder turbo, could produce between 180bhp and 200bhp,” said Wohler, commenting that as the original Boxster made 200-hp from a 2.5-liter engine, it might be something that Porsche customers would be interested in and which wouldn’t devalue the brand.
Strict new emissions laws in Europe don’t target automakers that sell fewer than 300,000 units annually, but those niche-market manufacturers still have to show a reduction in emissions of 25 percent in 2012, compared to 2006. New ownership by Volkswagen may mean that Porsche has to comply to the rules of the larger automaker.
But changes to the Bosxter aren’t going to save Porsche from government taxation due to missed emissions targets, argues Wholer.“The Boxster isn’t the volume seller for us that everyone thinks,” he said. “On current performance, it’s worth 15,000 units per year maximum.”
That being said, if Porsche is required to make drastic emissions reductions then it will have to do so in other high-volume models. Alternatively, a new entry-level model, using either the 4-cylinder or turbocharged 3-cylinder engine Wohler mentioned, would help significantly.
According to a recent report in U.K. mag AutoExpress, Porsche is currently testing a special edition Boxster Speedster model. Photographers caught the car out testing and if you look closely you can see the two “speedster” humps in the bodywork, right behind the driver and passenger seats.
The sleek new model is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this Fall and will come with additional modifications as well. For starters the windshield is expected to be shorter than the standard model, giving the car somewhat of a drop-top look. A new soft-top will also be required, as the new windshield will change the lines of the car somewhat.
Power is expected to be impressive, reports AutoExpress with the 299hp 3.4-liter engine from the Porsche Design Boxster S being used, although the current 310hp 3.4-liter powerplant in the current Bosxter S is also a strong possibility.
356 Speedster to be based on Volkswagen Blue Sport concept
As automakers downsize their payrolls, many are also looking to downsize their auto offerings by producing smaller and more affordable vehicles. While we expect as much from the GMs and Toyotas of the world, luxury and sportscar makers are also hopping on the band wagon. We recently reported that Audi is now selling a less powerful version of the TT Roadster in the U.K., and latest reports suggest Porsche might be bringing a new entry-level vehicle to market to slot in under the Boxster.
The new model would be called the 356 Speedster and would be a two-seater, mid-engine, rear drive machine, based on the Volkswagen Blue Sport Concept unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
There is no word on a powerplant for the new model, but there is speculation that Audi’s 2.0 TFSI engine could be used, with an output of just over 200hp and 200 ft-lbs of torque. This would seem appropriate were it not for the fact that we can’t really see Porsche using an Audi /VW powerplant for a sportscar. It also wouldn’t be very likely that a turbocharged model would be the standard engine, as Porsche typically reserves turbos for high-performance “Turbo” models.
From here the speculation continues to get even more ridiculous with German source autozietung stating that through the use of aluminum and magnesium the new model could weight as little as 1,675 lbs – that’s a good 300 lbs lighter than a Lotus Elise – which has all the comfort and convenience features of a gym locker (we still love them though).
The possibility of such a model actually making it to market is, however, quite good as Porsche is eager to expand its market share and essentially repeat what it did 10 years ago with the Boxster – a vehicle that has grown up in a decade to be a significantly faster and more expensive model. The 356 Speedster wouldn’t see production until 2013 with pricing expected right around the $40,000 mark (undercutting the $46,600 Boxster).
GALLERY: Volkswagen Blue Sport Concept
[Source: autozietung via WorldCarFans]