The 2013 Porsche Boxster Body Structure is based on an intelligent lightweight principle involving the composite construction of aluminum and steel. The use of dissimilar but precisely combined components makes it possible to utilize specific material properties exactly where they are needed. The doors of both luggage compartment lids are made from lightweight aluminum.
The crumple zones in the front and rear aprons feature integral light-alloy bumpers, while impact absorbers offer additional safety. For the protection of occupants, energy-absorbing padding is used selectively in important areas within the passenger cell.
To protect the driver and passenger, the new Boxster models are equipped with full-size airbags, which are inflated in two stages depending on the severity and type of accident (e. g. frontal or offset frontal). In less serious accidents, the airbags are only partially inflated, thereby minimizing discomfort to the occupants.
In addition to the central airbag control unit on the transmission tunnel, a pair of impact sensors is located near the headlights. This allows a crash to be detected and evaluated far sooner and with considerably greater accuracy.