While the ink has barely dried on our 2013 Porsche Boxster S First Drive, the automaker has reportedly just divulged the roadster's official lap time around the famed Nürburgring circuit in Germany – the grueling racetrack that serves as a benchmark test for today's sports cars. According to Porsche, its new two-seat convertible crossed the start/finish line after delivering a 7:58 lap.

That time may seem a bit off the pace when compared to heavy-hitters like the 911 GT2 RS (7:18), Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (7:19) and Nissan GT-R (7:24), but it is plenty quick among its peers in the same horsepower range (the '13 Boxster features a 3.4-liter flat-six rated at 315 horsepower) and strong enough to take the checkered flag away from the Cadillac CTS-V and Chevrolet C6 Corvette. Much of the credit goes to Porsche's commitment to keeping weight off the roadster (its curb weight is just 2,910 pounds), widening its track and fitting the redesigned vehicle with its capable torque-vectoring system.


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      David Hu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Given how good the new Boxster is, I wonder if the driver had to let off the gas just a little bit so it doesn't get too close to the new 911's time. Either way, Porsche has done an excellent job with both of the new generations of these two cars. Time to save up...
      • 2 Years Ago
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      kcroc10077
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great accomplishment!! I know they're totally different types of cars but we all know the M5 and CTS-V are awesome. To put this in perspective, the Boxster finished literally just ahead of the CTS-V (by fractions of a second) and behind the M5 by three seconds. Both cars have approximately 44% more power and the Boxster has a higher power to weight ratio--9.43, than the M5--7.65, and the CTS-V--7.59. Again, great accomplishment and imagine what it could do with 75 more horsepower. Ohh, I'll take a 981 Cayman!
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow - that is smokin'. Given it's down on power to it's rivals, (vette, ctsV, etc) and would be slower on the hill climbs and top end on the straights that time means a lot of very fast corners. I wonder if that was the PDK or manual car.
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        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        So it's handling is basically on par with the Evo, except when it has the Porsche brand name people notice. Evo X has ran 7:45 from a 2.0 liter using handling and 4 wheel drive to achieve such a wicked lap time. The Evo IX ran 8:11 in the pouring down rain. During the Lightning lap, the Evo X compared to the Mustang GT 5.0 had 121 less horsepower and was only 80lbs lighter yet somehow ran within 2 seconds. How many cars can you name within 100lbs of each other that use chassis tuning and superior handling to match lap times with a car that has 121 horsepower more. When the Evo did it, it was a Mitsubishi with a 2.0 4 cylinder so everyone was too embarrassed to acknowledge what a feat that was. When Porsche does it with a lighter car with more power, it's suddenly so amazing in your eyes. Go do it with a 2.0 liter weighing 3500lbs and come back to let me know how it goes. *That's* engineering. Bunch of hypocrites.
          handwritinglol
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          because a porsche boxster isn't a sooped up econobox?
          me
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Kindly explain where an Evo X ran 7:45. It can't stock, it is slower than even the previous Boxster S in stock form.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          I highly doubt a bone stock 291hp 3600lb Evo X would ever touch 7:45. Unless it was a "stock" FQ400 by any chance? Also, I have a feeling what you describe as "pouring down rain" is more like a drizzle in the case of the Evo IX, unless it's the time itself you pulled out of your ass. But all hail Acid and his Mitsubishi Ego!
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      "That time may seem a bit off the pace when compared to heavy-hitters like the 911 GT2 RS (7:18), Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (7:19) and Nissan GT-R (7:24), but..." No sh*t. So why even mention them?
        thrutheeyesofbry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        So people don't come here posting how the GT-R is 30 seconds faster and that the Boxster is slow in comparison. It's a lose lose situation. Either not post it and get trolls who cannot use common sense and compare apple to apples or post it and get comments like yours.
          brenden
          • 2 Years Ago
          @thrutheeyesofbry
          thanks for the info, mike
      Ed
      • 2 Years Ago
      And it's still a girls car.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ed
        No, a girls car is a hot pink New Beetle with Hello Kitty stickers and a glovebox full of makeup. A Boxter S is a sports car, and a damn fine one.
      ERNSTEVERYTHING
      • 2 Years Ago
      damn, I didn't know hairdressers could drive that fast..
      ankenystev
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Porsche GT2-RS has never been validated at 7:18. It has at been video validated at 7:24. The Bridge to Gantry web site has disallowed Porsches 7:18 claim as they continue to make claims without video validating. They seem to be just throwing out claimed times on all there cars now without proof. Typical Porsche BS.
        Hatzenbach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ankenystev
        Sport Auto actually tests a lot of asian and american cars. the difference between their laptimes and Porsche's claimed laptimes are quite small if you compare them to companies like Nissan ( 10-15 second gaps) there has never been an "official" ringtime video from Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Koenigsegg, Pagani or Mercedes. why? because video validating is the biggest bs ever. an onboard video says absolutly nothing. just think about GM's stock cars (with cages and lighter bucket seats, in the name of safety of course). There's a best motoring video on streetfire that shows a Nissan engineer sitting next to a GT-R and a set of slicks while installing different shocks @ T13, strange isn't it? i could show you an onboard video of an E36 M3 lapping the ring in less than 8 minutes. does that proof anything? NO give a video to the internet crowd and they'll obey without using their brains
      Michael Andrews
      • 2 Years Ago
      So its .01 second faster than a Cadillac?
      Suzq044
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's just skip the Viper altogether eh? 7:12.13 <- production, street legal vehicle 7:03.05 <- race car ACR-X; not street legal.
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