2013 Boxster Information Hits The Web
This is the new Boxster. We will all call it the “981”, because that is its marketing-designated “engineering project name”. It’s supposed to have a little more power, a little more room, a little less weight, and a little more oomph on the window sticker…
Most of what we are seeing on the web bears the marks of hasty translation, but so far we are hearing about a 265hp 2.7L base engine and a 315hp “S” mill. The manual transmission stays with six forward speeds: the PDK will have seven.
Weight has supposedly been reduced by eighty pounds, while pricing will be up to $2,000 above current levels. For reference, the current Boxster is currently priced at $48,100, while the “S” is $58,600. If the current cars are anything to go by, look for the new Boxsters to be pleasant, responsive cars with faultless brakes, fragile interiors, and dicey electronics.
We will have more information as soon as [s]we “borrow” it from websites with a cozy Porsche relationship[/s] it is available.
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- ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
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