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2013 Porsche Boxster S laps the Nurburgring in 7:58?

An image taken at a recent press launch event appears to reveal the new 2013 Porsche Boxster S is able to lap the Nurburgring in just 7:58. This would make it 12 seconds a lap quicker than the outgoing model.

Although Porsche hasn’t made any official announcements that we are aware of, it is highly possible the new Boxster S could achieve such a time. It comes with a 3.4-litre flat-six engine developing 235kW – up 7kW from the outgoing model – and 360Nm of torque.

It’s able to do 0-100km/h in 5.0 seconds, which is down from 5.2 seconds, and has a top speed of 279km/h. To further bolster its performance potential, there’s an optional Sport Chrono Package with a mechanical differential lock and Porsche Torque Vectoring.

To put the time into perspective, 7:58 puts it in front of a Cadillac CTS-V (7:59), a Dodge Viper SRT-10 (7:59), and a Porsche Cayman S driven by Walter Rohrl (8:03). It also puts it in front of the current BMW M3 (8:05), and just behind a Ferrari F430 (7:55).

PerformanceDrive has contacted Porsche Australia about the image, and we’ll update the story when we hear more.

The 2013 Porsche Boxster and S is set to go on sale in Australia some time during the second half of this year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.