All-new, but still a Boxster.
The Boxster is all-new for 2013, but the best thing we can say about it is that it drives and feels pretty much the same. Under the subtly revised skin lives a smaller, 2.7-liter flat-six that nevertheless puts out ten more horsepower than its predecessor, for 265 hp total. The spicier Boxster S still employs a 3.4-liter flat-six, which gains 5 hp. Both models can again be had with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The automatic incorporates a new freewheeling, or “sailing,” mode that decouples the engine from the wheels when coasting to save fuel. Despite gaining 2.4 inches in its wheelbase, the Boxster has actually lost weight, thanks to Porsche’s extensive use of aluminum. It also helps that Porsche has not joined the hardtop-convertible crowd. Instead, the Boxster has a fully automatic cloth top that folds neatly into a compartment separated from the rear trunk, leaving plenty of room for bags. Inside, the baby Porsche now has a similar layout to that of the Panamera and the new 911, with a high-rising center stack. Despite some quibbles with the new electric power steering, which doesn’t communicate as well as the old hydraulic setup, the new Boxster is a special car. Just like the old Boxster.
new for 2013
Everything. The Boxster rides on a new, lighter platform, has more efficient and more powerful engines, and features a thoroughly updated interior. Its aggressive new sheetmetal is, for the first time, completely different from that of the 911.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; and traction and stability control are standard. Stability control can be disabled but will still intervene if you brake hard enough to activate ABS.
Soulful yet surprisingly efficient flat-six
Can be pricey with options
Steering isn’t as perfect as the old car’s
Base Price Range: $50,450–$61,850
TRIM LEVELS: Boxster, S
BODY STYLE: Convertible, 2-passenger
ENGINES: 2.7L flat-6, 265 hp, 206 lb-ft
3.4L flat-6, 315 hp, 266 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: N/A
CARGO SPACE: (trunk front/rear) 5.3/4.6 cu ft