2023 Porsche model year changes began at the 2022 LA Auto Show, and continue with new editions of the 718 Boxster and Cayman.
The Porsche Configurator gets a new look, though it loses the ability to print standard features and technical data by clicking a button.
2023 Porsche 718 Boxster
A new “Style Edition” encompasses unique black or white wheels with the Porsche crest in the center cap, stripes matching the wheels with “Porsche” lettering on the sides, a stripe on the hood, a heated steering wheel, unique floor mats with contrast stitching, embossed headrests, and lighted door sills. European dealerships will sell the package first, with American dealerships receiving units starting in the summer of 2023. The package is solely available on the base model with the 300-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo flat 4-cylinder. A 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic (PDK) is offered.
Apple CarPlay is no longer deleted from the Spyder.
Base price has increased $3000, now $66950 with destination. 718 Spyder is $5200 higher, now ringing the cash register at $104,850.
Two new colors, both gray, are offered: Ice Gray Metallic and Arctic Gray.
2023 Porsche 718 Cayman
718 Caymans will also get a Style Edition offering this summer, with the same availability of stripes, wheels, a heated steering wheel, and illuminated door sills.
GT4 and GT4 RS now have Apple CarPlay, the same as the rest of the lineup.
Base price increases by $3000. Cayman S only increases by $1000. GT4 RS is $7800 more expensive, $151,850.
Two new gray paints are available.
Base price is up by $5000.
The 911 Dakar takes the 911 into an off-road rally direction, with all-terrain tires, a raised height, and a suspension lift system. The Dakar shares the 3.0-liter turbo flat 6-cylinder with the 911 GTS, including its 473 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The Dakar has 6.3 inches of ground clearance, a 14.2-degree angle of approach. a 16.4 degree angle of departure, and a 16.2 degree breaker angle. The lift system can increase ground clearance by an additional 1.2 inches at speeds up to 105 miles per hour. The top speed of the 911 Dakar is limited to 150 miles per hour.
All-wheel drive, an 8-speed automatic (PDK), and rear-wheel steering are all standard. The Dakar also has active anti-roll bars which can counter-act body roll or loosen to allow a more supple ride and greater wheel articulation over uneven terrain. A Rally Mode is added to the driver controls.
911 Carrera T
For purists, the Carrera T offers the base 330-horsepower engine, a 7-speed manual, rear-wheel drive, a limited-slip differential with torque vectoring, and a rear seat delete. Overall the Carrera T is 100 pounds less than the base model and costs $10,500 more. The rear seat and an 8-speed PDK automatic are separately available at no additional charge.
The Carrera T also rides 0.2 inches lower to provide better handling and a greater sensation of speed and engagement with the road. The Sport Chrono package is standard on Carrera T, and rear-wheel steering, not available on the base Carrera, is optional. The PASM Sport Suspension is also standard, with stiffer springs and anti-roll bars. 245/35R20 front and 305/30R21 rear tires are standard.
The 911 Sport Classic is a unique 911 for nostalgia seekers. It revives the classic whale-tail rear spoiler of 1970 turbo models. In another bow to the original 911 Turbo, it comes exclusively with rear-wheel drive, a manual (7-speed) transmission, and a similar power plant to the modern 911 Turbo, with 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.
The Sport Classic gets the 16.5-inch front and 15.4-inch rear carbon ceramic brakes from the Turbo S. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (adjusting anti-roll bars), rear-wheel steering, the Sport Chrono Package, and a sport exhaust system are all also standard. The Sport Classic weighs almost 100 pounds less than the 911 Turbo S Lightweight. Finally, all Sport Classic models have racing livery with your choice of number (60 shown).
The race-track bread GT3 gets a new ultimate version, the GT3 RS. It’s naturally-aspirated 4.0 flat-6 makes 16 more horsepower than the standard GT3, but 4 pound-feet less torque (518 and 342). It comes with a large, fixed rear wing and several other aerodynamic aids and carbon fiber bits.
A $2700 base price increase is the only change for 2023 except for a new shade of black paint. Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is $172750, $6100 higher. Cayenne Turbo GT is $8000 higher.
The new Macan T is a minimalist driver’s version. With the standard 2.0-liter turbo engine, the Macan T adds the Sport Chrono Package and Porsche Active Suspension Management.
Twenty-inch wheels with 265/45R20 front and 295/40R20 rear tires are standard, an upgrade over the standard Macan’s nineteen-inch wheels and tires. All of this comes at a $5600 premium over the base model.
Adaptive cruise control is now standard.
A power tilt/telescoping steering wheel is no longer available.
The Macan’s base price is $2700 higher.
Base price is up $4100. Adaptive cruise control is standard.
Addressing one of its largest criticisms, the Taycan improves the MPGe and range of all its models. For instance, the rear-wheel drive Taycan with its standard battery was rated at 76 city/84 highway MPGe and 200 miles of range in 2022; now it’s 79 city/88 highway and 208 miles. The 2022 Taycan Turbo S was rated at 69 city/71 highway with 201 miles of range; the 2023 Taycan Turbo S is rated at 76 city/74 highway with 222 miles of range. A charging preconditioner allows quicker charge times under cold weather circumstances.
The graphical user interface on the infotainment unit has been redesigned; it now also includes Android Auto.
Models with a panoramic glass roof now offer an optional electronic dimming system called Variable Light Control.
Some pictures are courtesy Porsche Cars North America, Inc.