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Many would argue, correctly as it may be, that the mid-engine Boxster is Porsche's best-handling vehicle. Praised for its agile handling, precise steering and powerful brakes, the Boxster is touted as not only being fun to drive, but impressively fuel efficient as well.
For 2013, Porsche has thoroughly revamped the Boxter, freshening its sheetmetal and bringing more than a touch of its 911 and Panamera siblings to its redesigned interior. Its basic porportions remain the same, but the wheelbase has been stretched and its track widened a bit, making it an even more prodigious handler.
Power output is up, too, from both of its engines, while a new auto stop/start system boosts fuel economy.
Critics find little to fault with the Porsche Boxster, other than its expensive cost of entry and a sticker price that grows quickly as options are added.
First introduced 16 years ago, the Porsche Boxster is an all-new, third-generation model for 2013.
The 2013 Porsche Boxster is a two-passenger high-performance sports car. It is offered in a convertible body style with a power-operated soft retractable roof. A power-operated vertical glass panel is designed to act as a wind blocker. There are two trim levels: Boxster and Boxster S.
Standard Boxster models are fitted with a mid-mounted 2.7-liter flat-six rated at 265 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. The upgraded Boxster S models feature a mid-mounted 3.4-liter flat-six, pumping out 315 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission for the rear-wheel drive roadster is a traditional six-speed manual, but a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox (PDK) is optional — with steering wheel-mounted rockers or paddle shifters for manual control.
Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, full power accessories, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry and a theft-deterrent system. The Boxster is fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels, while the Boxster S arrives with slightly larger 19-inch wheels, oversized brakes and other performance enhancements.
The options list on the Porsche Boxster and Boxster S is extensive, including everything from full leather interior with racing seats to Porsche's carbon-ceramic brakes (PCCBs) and a wide assortment of optional wheels in a variety of sizes. Customers may even order their Boxster to match any color of the rainbow — assuming their checkbook is thick enough.
The EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2013 Porsche Boxster and Boxster S have not been released.
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