Porsche may have just unveiled its new 2012 911 Carrera Cabriolet at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this week, but the German automaker is wasting no time before showing off its next bit of overhauled hotness, the 2013 Boxster. The mid-engine roadster won't make its official debut until the Geneva Motor Show in March, but we've been given some preliminary details ahead of the new Box's primetime unveiling.

Much like the 911, the new Boxster's design is more evolution than revolution, and that's a-okay with us. The redesigned roadster is extremely handsome, and most of us on the Autoblog staff think it's the best-looking Boxster yet. We like the revised headlamps and more svelte running lamp/air intake setup, and the wider stance and longer wheelbase are nicely masked in the new design. The 2013 Boxster's all-aluminum skin also helps the new model shed a few pounds compared to its predecessor, which will not only make it that much more engaging out on the road, but also improve fuel economy.

But really, the Boxster is all about performance, and under the hood behind the seats are two flat-six engines with direct injection, thermal management and start/stop functionality. The base Boxster uses a 2.7-liter flat six, good for 265 horsepower (10 hp more than its predecessor) while the Boxster S is powered by a 3.4-liter six that produces 315 hp (an increase of 5 hp versus the 2012 model). The standard Boxster will run to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds with the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, while the Boxster S will do the same jaunt in just 4.7 seconds. A six-speed manual gearbox (what, no seven-speed?) is also available with either engine. Porsche will offer a Sport Chrono package that further enhances performance, adding things like dynamic transmission mounts and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV).

Look for the 2013 Boxster to hit United States showrooms this summer, priced from $49,500 for the base car or $60,900 for the Boxster S (not including $950 for destination). Now, about that Cayman...
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2013 Porsche Boxster: Lighter, more muscular, more distinctive and more fuel-efficient

ATLANTA, January 12, 2012 – Never before in the history of the Porsche Boxster has a change of generation been so comprehensive. The open-top two-seat car receives an entirely new lightweight body and a completely revamped chassis. The new Boxster weighs less than the previous generation and rides on a longer wheelbase and a wider track. These new dimensions are coupled with larger wheels and a new electromechanical power steering system to significantly enhance the mid-engine sports car's driving dynamics. The new Boxster boasts superior performance and is also up to 15 percent more fuel-efficient than previous models on the European cycle.

The new Boxster benefits not only from an increased wheelbase but also shorter overhangs, while the windscreen has been shifted forward. The passengers are enclosed by the completely redesigned, fully electric top, which now dispenses with a convertible top compartment lid. The interior concept offers the occupants more space and reflects the new Porsche outline with a raked center console, which, originating with the Carrera GT ensures improved ergonomics in all models.

The new sports car generation makes its debut in the classic Porsche pairing of Boxster and Boxster S. Both models are powered by flat-six engines with direct fuel injection, the efficiency of which is further enhanced by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and start/stop function. The base model's new power unit delivers 265 hp from a 2.7 liter displacement – ten hp more than its larger displacement predecessor.

Technically, it is now based on the 3.4-liter engine of the Boxster S. This now delivers 315 hp, 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. With gear changes without interruption to the power flow, the Boxster sprints from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, the Boxster S in 4.7 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 a mechanical rear axle differential lock.

The new Boxster models are expected in U.S. showrooms in early summer 2012. The basic list price iwill be $49,500 for the Boxster and $60,900 for the Boxster S, not including a $950 destination charge.

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      Chris Bangle
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks good! Bodes well for the new Cayman!
      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great looking entry-level Porsche! As usually, they've outdone themselves. If the Cayman comes exactly (exterior wise) like the Boxter plus the roof, I am sold.
      • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        I used the builder to spec out a nicely loaded 911 cabrio and it came to over $140k, so the Boxster is still way cheaper.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I haven't set my desktop background to be a car in years... Does anyone else find themselves strangely attracted to a Boxster now? It's like the part of the movie where the girl takes off her glasses and shakes her hair out, transforming her from overlook-able barista to smokin' hot babe, and you're not quite sure why you didn't see it before.
      • 3 Years Ago
      love it, way more aggressive and sportier looking than the current version, cant wait to see the new boxster spyder and the cayman
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree - why get a Z4 or SLK when you can drive a Boxster, new or used. Nice update to the car. It is a classic.
        David J. Bernstein
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because the Z4 and SLK are more comfort oriented and the better cars at being "comfortable yet sporty daily drivers". I personally wouldn't get a Boxster. A friend of mine has a 2009 model. They're uncomfortable and loud - yes I realize they're sports cars but I prefer something softer, so a Z4, TT or SLK will do for me.
          Jonathan Arena
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David J. Bernstein
          Nothing wrong with that - as a former boxster owner I agree that there are better options for comfort in this segment... which is probably why all the other cars you mentioned are primarily designed for and drivenby women, while the boxster still has a male/female demographic of around 90% male...
      • 3 Years Ago
      that brown i want it
      • 3 Years Ago
      Forget about it. It has no cupholders. Just kidding what a beautiful car
      Rob Gomes
      • 3 Years Ago
      The general overall weight reduction pleases me. My guess is we won't see a significant power-bump until a mid-cycle refresh. It's all but certain that without any sport buckets immediately available, that we won't see a hardcore Spyder version until the Type 991 991 GT3 is released, which means we won't see the Type 981 Spyder any earlier than the 2014, and probably the 2015 Model Year. Odds are that'll roll in with a base price of about $65,000 USD. It'll be interesting to see if the Spyder appears before the power-bump. a 350HP Type 981 Boxster Spyder would *really* make me think.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is such a huge improvement. I'm not typically a Porsche fan, but this really grabs my attention!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I didn't think the old Boxsters looked very good. They've clearly fixed that. This thing looks phenomenal, though it's still too expensive.
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        • 3 Years Ago
        but... it's a phenomenal Porsche o_0 ummm, maybe save your money? $50k puts this right in line with the new Z4 which is equally phenomenal. should be a hot segment.
      illnever tell
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good lord I might have to eat my hat. I've complained about the Boxster design for so long that I never for even a second saw a design this good coming. Well played Porsche. Well played.
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