Geneva 2012: 2013 Porsche Boxster, Now With 991 Percent More Brand Identity

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
geneva 2012 2013 porsche boxster now with 991 percent more brand identity

The newest Porsche Boxster is here, with lots more aluminum, some new engines and styling cues derived from the 991-chassis Porsche 911 that has just launched in North America.

The base engine, a 2.7L flat-six, makes 265 horsepower, while the 3.4L in the Boxster S makes 315. A 6-speed manual and 7-speed PDK gearbox are both available. A Sport Chrono Package with Dynamic Transmission Mounts and a Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) mechanical differential are also available, at an exorbitant markup no doubt. The 2013 Boxster will be on sale this summer, and Jack Baruth will not be testing one.

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  • Ccd1 Ccd1 on Mar 08, 2012

    Look forward to a TTAC review of this car. Several sources have released "First Drives" which are favorable of course. My take is that the new Boxster is an improvement but not much of one. Horsepower and torque receive nominal increases, weight loss is 70-80 lbs, fuel efficiency increases by 15%. Most important changes are a larger cabin which will fit larger people and the cabin electronics received a substantial update. Expect the changes to the Cayman to largely mirror those to the Boxster

  • Danwat1234 Danwat1234 on Mar 12, 2012

    It'll be interesting to see what the real world MPG will be. The electrical recuperation technology is cool. If only the alternator could turn into a motor to help the engine along too, powered by the lead acid battery or a supercapacitor.

  • FreedMike It's not cheap, but 45 grand for a car with this kind of performance, equipment level and practicality isn't a bad deal at all. @Tim - I think you have the wrong transmission listed in the box above. The DSG is a seven-speed, not a six-speed.
  • FreedMike During my second year of college, I took my first French class, where I discovered that if you remove the "e" from "Citroen," you get the French word for "lemon." My family had a Citroen - an SM, no less. Completely appropriate. Nice logo or not, Stellantis is going to have an uphill battle reintroducing this brand - or any French brand, for that matter.
  • IBx1 It works better as an oval than a circle as it appears in the headline photo, but I generally dislike the 2D logos everyone in the industry is adopting and think badge looked great since '09.
  • Pbxtech I like it, but it's not an improvement. Lateral move at best.
  • Cprescott It is not a disaster like the 2024 Ford Mustake.