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3rd Gen Porsche Boxster Model Guides (2013 - 2016)
The standard Boxster was fitted with a new 2.7-litre flat-6 engine, and the Boxster S was fitted with the existing 3.4-litre engine but with revised performance. Both engines are equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox and an optional 7-speed reworked PDK. Both manual and automatic models were available with several technical options including Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) and a Sport Chrono Package. The range was expanded in March 2014 with the addition of the 2015 model year GTS. It got slightly altered front and rear bumpers, the GTS black treatment and 15 hp more power from the 3.4-litre engine. Add some tasty hardware as standard and this is our pick of the 981 Boxster variants.
3rd Gen Porsche Boxster Special Models
Porsche unveiled the Boxster Spyder special edition in April 2015 at the New York Auto Show. The styling of the car was similar to the previous generation Spyder, continuing the twin hump rear deck and manually operated canvas top. It also shared some styling with the Cayman GT4, using the same front and rear fascia. The engine is also shared with the Cayman GT4, but mildly detuned. It is a 3.8 litre flat-6, making this the largest and most powerful engine used in a Boxster at the time, rated at 287 kW (385 hp). This allowed the car to attain a top speed of 290 km/h (180 mph). It was also the lightest Porsche in the model lineup at the time, weighing 1,315 kg (2,899 lb) and it was an absolutely cracking car to drive. A future classic for sure. The other special edition Boxster 981 was the Black Edition, which was basically a base 981 Boxster with black color treatments and some options thrown in as standard.
3rd Gen Porsche Boxster Specs Summary
These cars were slightly faster and more performance focused than the first and second generation Boxster, but saw improvements made over the years which you can see below. The engine upgrades and tweaks to hardware over the years meant the 981 Boxsters were strong performers in most areas.
3rd Gen Boxster Pictures, Galleries & Videos
The Porsche Boxster was a revelation when it was first released, but the updates in the second generation made it a more complete package as a sports car. By the time the third generation Boxster 981 rolled around the journalists and reviewers who covered the launch were smitten by just how good the Boxsters were. By this time, most people were arguing whether you ever needed to choose a 911 over a Boxster anymore. The video reviews below show you how strongly people felt about the cars. Enjoy our interactive galleries and awesome videos of the third generation 981 Porsche Boxster.
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