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2013 - 2015 Porsche Boxster

Porsche has spent years working on the 911 , but while that might be its ultimate sports car, the Boxster is one of its best sellers. When the Boxster debuted in 1997, enthusiasts first saw it as a disgrace to the Porsche name, as it was smaller and not as powerful as the iconic 911. The second-gen Boxster hit the market for the 2015 model year with a light nip-and-tuck job on the exterior and a huge overhaul on the inside. In 2013, the third-gen Boxster arrived with another evolutionary change to the body and a revised cabin. This look carries into the 2015 model year with only minor changes.

The Boxster and its hardtop sibling, the Cayman, are now an accepted part of the Porsche family. In fact, some enthusiasts consider them better driving than the 911, thanks to their mid-mounted engine, as opposed to the 911’s rear-mounted unit.

This belief that the Boxster may be a better driver was only compounded with the release of the GTS model for 2014. This model gained 20-inch wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management and the Sport Chrono package. Oh, and I almost forgot that the GTS gained an extra 35 horses and 7 pound-feet of twist to go with its better handling.

Updated 07/03/2014: Porsche announced a series of upgrades for the 2015 Boxster which is now on sale. Changes include new exterior colors, new two-tone leather and a series of new options.

Hit the jump to read more on the Porsche Boxster.

Update History

UPDATE 03/14/2012: The Boxster S model lapped the Nurburgring race track in an impressive 7:58 - or about 18 seconds shy of the new, more powerful Porsche 911 which scored an heart-racing time of 7:40.

This speedy lap time means the Boxster S is faster than models like the Corvette C6 (7:59), the Viper SRT-10 (7:59), and the C63 AMG Coupe (8:01) - which are far more powerful than the tiny Boxster. This result also makes the new generation better than the model it replaces which had a lap time of 8:10.

UPDATE 06/08/2012: Porsche has found a very interesting way to promote the new generation Boxster: the company displayed the 2013 Boxster S and some members of its iconic lineage - the 550 Spyder and the Carrera GT - at Grand Central Terminal. Check out the video by clicking in the image above!

Exterior

Porsche Boxster

Porsche isn’t the best when it comes to designing things. One look at the first generation Cayenne and that becomes perfectly clear. There are more examples as well, as the 911 has been updated every few years, but not much ever changes visually. While Ferrari are the Versace of style, Porsche is the Kmart brand.

Although the new Boxster might look like the current model at first sight, when you look really hard you can see that every panel is all new. The front of the vehicle was inspired by the Porsche race cars of the 1970s and features a completely new lightweight body and a completely revamped chassis. It also gets large, imposing air intakes, a long wheelbase, and a low, raked windshield. Elements like the distinctive wings and the side air intakes were inspired by the 718 RS 60 Spyder. For the back of the Boxster, Porsche added a rear wing that is only visual when the car hits a top speed of 75 mph.

The new Porsche Boxster will be offered with a fully electric convertible top that opens and closes in about 9 seconds and is operable at speeds up to 31 mph.

New for 2015:

  • Basalt Black metallic paint replaces Jet Black metallic
  • New Carrera White
  • Cognac metallic and Amaranth Red were dropped
  • Bi-Xenon headlamps with PDLS+ high-beam assistant
  • Available 20-inch 911 Turbo wheels
  • Optimized sport system exhaust

2013 - 2015 Porsche Boxster - Exterior Specs

Length172.2 in.
Width70.9 in.
Height50.5 in.
Wheelbase97.4 in.
Maximum payload739 Lbs.
Curb weight2888 Lbs.

Interior

Porsche Boxster

While the exterior was updated to deliver better performance, the interior "is purposefully designed as a declaration of independence." It was updated with a 3-spoke sports steering wheel and three circular dashboard instruments. The information on the on-board computer, communication, audio settings, and the navigation system are now displayed on a high-resolution 4.6-inch TFT color screen. It also received standard sport seats which were designed to be comfortable and provide excellent support even during performance driving.

New for 2015:

  • Two-tone Black and Garnet Red leather
  • ParkAssist with front and rear reversing camera
  • Leather door handles with Galvano Silver trim
  • Black power window button surround
  • Black rear loudspeaker cover

Engine

Porsche Boxster

All three models, the Boxster, Boxster S and Boxster GTS, are powered by flat-six engines with direct fuel injection. In the base version, the engine has a displacement of 2.7 liters and delivers a total of 265 horsepower, while the S version gets a 3.4-liter version with 315 horsepower. The range-topping GTS pushes the 3.4-liter engine to 330 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. All three versions can be combined with either a manual six-speed gearbox as standard or a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option.

When equipped with the manual gearbox, the Boxster will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 164 mph. With the PDK transmission, the model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 162 mph.

The Boxster S will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and will hit a top speed of 173 mph when equipped with a manual gearbox and can make the sprint in 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 172 mph when equipped with a PDK transmission.

The Boxster GTS hits 60 mph in 4.7 seconds with the manual gearbox and 4.6 seconds with the PDK transmission. With the Sport+ mode turned on, the GTS with teh PDK hits 60 mph in a scant 4.4 seconds

Prices

Porsche Boxster

2015 Porsche Boxster prices

ModelPrice
Boxster$51,400
Boxster S$63,300
Boxster GTS$73,500

Competition

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

The SLK features a hard-top folding roof, so weight will be a bigger issue for the Mercedes.

For 2014, the SLK-Class comes in the flavors: SLK250 and SLK350. The former comes with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine that produces 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of twist. This affords the roadster a 6.5-second sprint to 60 mph.

BMW Z4

BMW Z4

The Z4 is long overdue for a redesign, but for 2014, things remain unchanged. This Bimmer drop top has three flavors, including the sDrive28i, sDrive35i, and sDrive35is. The base sDrive28i produces 240 horses and 260 pound-feet of twist, which is good for a 5.5-second run to 60 mph. The 300-horsepower and 300-pound-feet 35i hits 60 mph in five seconds. Finally, the 35is carries 335 horses and 332 pound-feet for a 4.8-second sprint.

Videos

Chris Harris drives the Porsche Boxster S

LOVE IT
  • Completely new lightweight body and a completely revamped chassis
  • Updated interior
  • Improved handling
LEAVE IT
  • Gets rather expensive in the GTS range
  • Body is a little long in the tooth due to light redesigns each generation

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