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Porsche Boxster Production Shifts… To Volkswagen? 20
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Porsche Boxster, Automotive, Kurt, News, porsche, Volkswagen on 09 20th, 2012

Porsche marks the start of Boxster production in VW’s Osnabruck plant – image: Porsche

Here’s something that many buyers of the Porsche Boxster don’t realize: much of the car’s production wasn’t handled by Porsche. Instead, many of the last-generation Boxsters were built under contract to Valmet in Finland. We’re not saying that’s a bad thing, since Valmet has built many cars for many manufacturers over the years. The Fisker Karma is assembled there, as was the previous Porsche Cayman and decades of Saabs.

When the new Boxster was released, initial production was handled in Porsche’s Stuttgart factory. Now, however, demand has outstripped the line’s capacity, forcing Porsche to turn to to a long time partner (and now, family member), Volkswagen.

Volkswagen will build Boxsters for Porsche at the former Karmann plant in Osnabrück, Germany. The plant is no stranger to the Boxster model, as it previously supplied rear and side components for the new Boxster. Over the years, Osnabrück has also supplied Porsche with bodies for the 356 hardtop coupe and the 968. It also assembled Porsche 914s from 1969 through 1975, building over 115,000 examples of the “people’s Porsche.”

Moving Boxster production to Osnabrück frees the Stuttgart line up to build more 911s, while Porsche’s Leipzig factory focuses on production of Panamera, Cayenne and (soon) Macan models.

2013 Porsche Boxster Peak Performance Video 2
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Porsche Boxster, 2013 Porsche Boxster S, Automotive, porsche, Porsche Boxster, video on 04 2nd, 2012

Have you been itching to check out the new Porsche Boxster in action? Wait no more. Check out the new Peak Performance video of the Boxster making some ‘moves’ on some back roads.

Knowing that the new 2013 Porsche Boxster S is capable of lapping the Nurburgring in 7:58, we can conclude that Porsche is headed in the right direction. Even if you do not agree with the new Boxster’s subtle Panamera-esq front-end design, you cannot argue much against the case of the new Boxster being a true competitive performer.

The new 2013 Porsche Boxster gets a 2.7-liter flat-six good for 265 horsepower. When equipped with a PDK transmission, the Boxster is able to reach 62 mph in 5.7 seconds while the new Boxster S does the same in 5 seconds flat due to its slightly increased horsepower and lower weight.

Porsche Debuts All New Boxster At Geneva Motor Show 8
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Porsche Boxster, Automotive, Geneva Motor Show, Kurt, News, porsche on 03 8th, 2012

Porsche AG's President and CEO, Matthias Müller, shows the new Boxster in Geneva. Image: Porsche AG

Porsche isn’t finished introducing new variants of the revised 911, but that hasn’t stopped the Stuttgart-based automaker from redesigning the Boxster roadster. Introduced at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, the new Boxster is lighter, yet it rides on a longer wheelbase and benefits from a wider track. The styling is refreshed but not all new; the shape is still familiar, but we see some elements of other Porsche models (like the upcoming 918 supercar) in the new sheet metal. We say that’s a good thing, since the current Boxster was started to look a bit dated on the outside.

Porsche calls the Boxster’s chassis “completely revamped”, and the new car benefits from shorter body overhangs, larger wheels, increased interior space and improved fuel economy. Base models get a 2.7-liter flat six good for 265 horsepower (10 more than the current Boxster), while the Boxster S will come with a 3.4-liter flat six rated at 315 horsepower (5 more than current models). Buyers get a choice of either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox; while the six-speed may be more emotionally satisfying, the PDK is the way to go for the lowest lap times.

Expect the new Boxster to hit dealer showrooms in late spring, priced roughly $1,500 higher than current models.