2013 Porsche Boxster and Cayenne Diesel: New York International Auto Show
- 04/13/2012 |
- by Tara Baukus Mello |
- Total Car News / Auto Show
The recent New York Auto Show was the scene of two Porsche announcements. The company took the wraps off the third-generation Boxster (its first all-new design since it was introduced in 1998) and announced that it will bring a diesel version of its Cayenne SUV to the United States.
The 2013 Porsche Boxster has a new, lightweight body with a longer wheelbase and a wider track than the current model. The redesign means the interior is more spacious, while a redesigned, fully-electric top can be fully raised or lowered in nine seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph.
As before, two trim levels, Boxster and Boxster S, will be offered. The base Boxster will be powered by a 265 hp, 2.7-liter, flat-six that has 10 more hp than the 2012 Porsche Boxster. The Boxster S gets a 315 hp, 3.4-liter, flat-six, a five hp improvement over the current model. Both engines are paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed. Larger wheels and new electromechanical power steering further improve driving dynamics.
A diesel model will soon join the four other trim levels of the 2013 Porsche Cayenne. The Cayenne Diesel, which has been available in Europe since 2009, is the first diesel-powered vehicle to be offered by Porsche in the United States. It will feature a 240 hp, 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine with 406 ft-lbs. of torque that Porsche estimates will get 20 city/28 highway mpg. Porsche says the Cayenne Diesel can accelerate 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds and that it can tow up to 7,716 pounds when properly equipped. The 2012 Porsche Cayenne is available in the base model, S, Turbo and hybrid versions.
The 2013 Porsche Boxster will go on sale in early summer. The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel will arrive in showrooms in September.
Here's what others are saying about the 2013 Porsche Boxster:
Autoblog: "…Few automakers make their wares look so similar while causing the outgoing model to look so dated."
Automobile: "When (the convertible top) stows, it doesn't stow in the same place that you keep your luggage, as it does in those other roadsters. So, top up or down, there's always a decent chunk of storage space in the trunk -- and, as before, there's another luggage compartment where most cars have their engine."
Motor Trend: "…The new Boxster S feels sturdier, calmer, and more refined traveling down the road. It's less nervous and more focused, less darty, and unflappable in its grip."
The New York Times: "At last, it seems, Porsche has found a proper nose-to-tail balance in Boxster styling, something that may have been lost between the handsome concept first shown in the early ’90s and the initial production versions."