With the Boxster, Porsche brought mid-engine performance and concept car styling to the street. For 2003, the roadster has undergone discreet refinements that enhance both its performance and its styling. But in typical Porsche fashion, even the styling changes contribute to improved performance.
Also new for 2003 are engine enhancements that increase the output of the Boxster’s 2.7-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder “boxer” engine to 225 horsepower (SAE). The car now accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 6.4 seconds, an improvement of two-tenths of a second compared to the 2002 model.
The Boxster’s new top has a steeper angle along its rear section and provides a contour that’s very similar to that of the Boxster’s optional aluminum hardtop. The new shape is provided by an additional, fourth roof bracket above the new glass window. The glass window comes with electric heating to provide improved visibility in cold and damp weather. Even with its fourth roof bracket and new glass window, the Boxster’s top still features electric kinematic power and opens or closes in 12 seconds.
The new roof is lined and has optimized seals to minimize noise inside the car when the top is up.
The roof is designed so that the rigid, magnesium frame that forms the front edge of the roof provides protection for the glass window when the roof folds away above the engine compartment.
Source: Porsche press