January 12, 2012

2013 Porsche Boxster hat tips Axis!

Of course by now you have read the reworked Boxster press release on every auto site on the planet, what can we add? Nothing until we find out more about the technical specs an how many suspension bits the new Boxsters share with the 991. Certainly torque vectoring and a real mechanical limited slip differential are great and it looks nice. Can't wait to see the new Cayman.

In any case, looking through the press photos we noticed there are what appear to be separate buttons for traction and stability controls and one is "clearly" a tribute to the classic Axis logo!.

Ok, ok, lighten up, I know it's the same on the 991 (what can I say, Axis is everywhere!) but Porsche does prefer single function switches and the new Carrera GT/Panamera style consoles have plenty of button spaces. Come to think of it, there are plenty of blank spaces on that (shared) console, what else could fit in there?

if you have not read the actual Porsche press release, it's included after the jump along with a super high rez gallery.

The new Boxster generation – the mid-engine roadster from Porsche

Stuttgart. Never before in the history of the Porsche Boxster was a change of gen- eration so comprehensive. The open-top two-seater car is being marketed with a completely new lightweight body and a completely revamped chassis. Considerably lower weight, longer wheelbase, a wider track and larger wheels significantly en- hance yet further the mid-engine sports car’s driving dynamics, already far and away the best in its class, supported by the new electro-mechanical power steering. The new Boxsters boast superior performance and are also up to 15 per cent more fuel- efficient. Depending on model, they get by with significantly less than eight litres of fuel per 100 kilometers.

The new Boxster thus delivers what the fundamentally changed styling with shorter overhangs, significantly forward-shifted windscreen, flatter silhouette and expressive edges promises. The passengers are enclosed by the completely redesigned, fully electric hood, which now dispenses with a convertible top compartment lid. The inte- rior concept offers the occupants more space and reflects the new Porsche outline with the raked centre console, which, originating with the Carrera GT, ensures further improved ergonomics in all models.

The new sports car generation makes its debut in the classic Porsche pairing of Box- ster and Boxster S. Both models are powered by flat-six engines with direct petrol injection, the efficiency of which is further enhanced by electrical system recupera- tion, thermal management and start/stop function. The base model’s new power unitdelivers 265 hp (195 kW) from a 2.7 litre displacement – ten hp more than its larger displacement predecessor. Technically, it is now based on the 3.4-litre engine of the Boxster S. This now delivers 315 hp (232 kW), which is five hp more than before. Both models feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option. Both sports cars achieve their best fuel consumption and acceleration performance with the PDK. The Porsche Boxster’s fuel consumption with PDK is 7.7 l/100 km and 8.0 l/100 km for the Boxster S. With gear changes without interruption to the power flow, the Boxster sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, the Boxster S in 5.0 seconds.

To enhance driving dynamics yet further, Porsche offers the Sport Chrono Package as an optional extra for the Boxster, featuring dynamic transmission mounts for the first time. Also new in the Boxster is Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechani- cal rear axle differential lock.

The market launch of the new Boxster generation will be on 14.04.2012. The basic list price in Germany will be 48,291 euro for the Boxster and 59,120 euro for the Box- ster S, including 19 per cent value added tax in both cases.

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