If you put us in charge of Porsche Boxster development, we'd have demanded more power, less weight and improved fuel efficiency. We now know that the new 265-horsepower, 2.7-liter boxer six is capable of producing 10 more ponies than the outgoing model, and overall tonnage was slashed by 55 pounds, so the base model is already two-thirds of the way toward our vision.

Car and Driver reports that the most affordable Porsche has completed the wish-list trifecta, announcing a significant fuel economy bump. The base 2013 Boxster will boast an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city (up two mpg) and 32 mpg on the highway (up three mpg), but only when equipped with the PDK transmission. The manual-equipped Boxster will achieve still-impressive 20/30 numbers, up one mpg and three mpg, respectively.

Noticeably absent is any mention of Boxster S fuel economy. We're suspecting the 315-horsepower, 3.4-liter flat-six will also deliver significant fuel economy improvements, but perhaps a number shy of the 30-mpg mark.


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      DesertS2K
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautiful car, and great lines. What bothers me is the interior. Don't get me wrong, the quality is superb! But if you look at the center console under the shifter, to the right, you'll notice a lot of "plastic inserts" where buttons should be. As if certain options aren't on this car, but c'mon...it's a Porsche! I'd hate to drop 60grand on a car, and see missing buttons every time I shifted.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        MJC
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agree...I recall getting a 2001 Boxster brand new for $42K with some options.
        • 3 Years Ago
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        Jonathan Arena
        • 3 Years Ago
        name another sports car that hasn't increased by 20-30% in the past 15 years
        evannever
        • 3 Years Ago
        What options? Nicely optioned with Infotainment pkg and Bi-Xenons your only at $55,870. If you option this thing out like an E-Class or 5-series, you're probably not looking at the right car.
        • 3 Years Ago
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      atvman
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's impressive if the car is still geared for sports car performance. If the car was geared and programmed to be eco-friendly, then these numbers really aren't all that impressive.
      Thipps
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just want to see the Cayman...........waiting!
      wanderlust
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow and then the cayman may be even better due to better hard top aerodynamics. Im interested in what the S motors #'s are.
      TrueDat
      • 3 Years Ago
      i'm really not that impressed.. my mom's 4200 lbs ford Edge gets 31 mpg with 240 hp....
        Just Stuff
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TrueDat
        Maybe, but it doesn't look or drive as well doing it.
          TrueDat
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Just Stuff
          you're right, but that doesn't change the fact that it weighs an additional 1400 lbs, has about the same power, and gets about the same mpg. all i'm saying is that 32 mpg from a 2800 lb car isn't that impressive. i mean, a 3600 lb mustang with 300 hp gets 31 mpg. i'm not bashing the boxster, because it is one of the greatest sports cars of all time. simply stating this is nothing to get that excited about.
        oRenj9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TrueDat
        You seem to be missing the fact that weight has little to do with highway MPG ratings. It is all about aerodynamics. And neither a convertible nor an SUV are going to be particularly great when it comes to that. For a high-revving, ~100hp/L engine in a convertible, 22/32 is pretty damn good. The S2000 has significantly worse fuel economy than that with a four-banger.
        evannever
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TrueDat
        Cool Story ...
        graphikzking
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TrueDat
        I'm sure if they got rid of the V6 and went to a turbo 4 cylinder will probably get better mpg as well. I'd like to see 25city / 34highway and no loss in power or handling at all. I'd even pay an additional $500 for something like that. VW 4cylinder turbos aren't that efficient though.
          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @graphikzking
          Shoot -- OPPOSED 6. Not V6... so used to writing about everyone else's cars.
      suthrn2nr
      • 3 Years Ago
      let me guess the marketing: "Presenting the 32MPG Boxter" And people will take that as being the avg combined mpg and be brainwashed into ignoring the city mpg. But porsche customers probably dont care much for mileage anyways. But at least I'm glad that AB actually reported both numbers, rather than just highlighting HWY MPG only.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      turbomonkey2k
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's official, beats the Miata on everything but price.
        Burabus
        • 3 Years Ago
        @turbomonkey2k
        reliability?
          oRenj9
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Burabus
          ^^ Truth. Report back when you're pushing 140k miles with your Porsche, which is about where I stand with each of my Mazdas. Then again, who cares about reliability when you're driving one of the sexiest cars on the road.
          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Burabus
          Regardless of it being reliable or not, less than 3 years and 35k miles is hardly enough time with any vehicle to really make a statement that it's reliable.
          Wojo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Burabus
          I owned a Porsche Cayman 2.7 daily driver for 2.5 years and 35K miles, not a single problem or recall. Can't say that about the Mazda I owned.
        Fatima
        • 3 Years Ago
        @turbomonkey2k
        Burabus, Porsches are extremely reliable. They've dominated J.D Power lists for almost a decade now.
          Burabus
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Fatima
          I suspect because most porsches are driven on the weekend.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @turbomonkey2k
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        oRenj9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @turbomonkey2k
        You could probably pull more hunk-tail in a Porsche too! Chicks dig my Miata though...
      biopsea
      • 3 Years Ago
      such an improvement....on so many levels. only issue i have is the wheel/tire package on the entry level porsches (all of them!) always seem too small to fill the wheels properly. i know. typical porsche up-sell. oh well.
      bobmarley
      • 3 Years Ago
      every time I see this car I like it more...and 265hp from an NA2.7L sounds good
        Codeman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bobmarley
        Agreed. I never cared at all for Porsches, but the new Boxsters and especially the Caymans are really quite attractive.
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