Seeking Porsche's Purest Sports Car
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.
Our crafty spy photographer have managed to set lenses upon a completely undisguised 2012 Porsche Boxster S out and about in the light of day. With all of the vehicle's camouflage removed, we can clearly see the body lines of the new convertible. Though the familiar Porsche face hasn't gone anywhere, the side of the vehicle now wears a dramatic side strake and sizable air inlet positioned just forward of a set of equally bold wheel arches. Those openings are filled with massive, multi-spoke roll
In keeping with Porsche tradition, the next iteration of the Boxster will benefit from styling tweaks that only the most hardened auto-fanatic would recognize. These latest shots from AutoGespot show Porsche's mid-ship masterpiece undergoing testing at the Nurburgring and give those of us who care, a brief glimpse of what's to come.
Last week was big for Porsche as the automaker produced the 200,000th Boxster. The Boxster line, which now includes the fixed-roof Cayman variant, is in the midst of its tenth year on the road. Production of the Boxster and Cayman exceeded 27,000 cars for FY 05/06, reflecting the model's growth since its introduction. At that time, Porsche expected 15,000 cars to be produced annually.
Fans of Porsche's mid-engined roadster are getting the best present a sports car driver could ask for - more horsepower. Porsche is kicking off its new model year August 1 with a modest 5 hp boost for the entry-level Boxster's 2.7 liter engine, and a more satisfying 15 hp upgrade for the Boxster S. The 0-60 mph sprint now takes 6.1 seconds in the Boxster, and only 5.4 seconds for the Boxster S.