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2013 Porsche Boxster Review
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The all new, redesigned 2013 Porsche Boxster is turning some heads. The Boxster, a two-seat convertible, is one of the most recognizable sports cars on the road. The first-generation Boxster was highly successful, running from model years 1997 to 2004. The second-generation Boxster, released in 2005, received various upgrades throughout the years, but the third generation brings a complete overhaul, inside and out. Porsche offers two models for 2013: the new Boxster and the new Boxster S. The new Boxster has a sportier, more defined look and is loaded with high-tech performance features.
New For 2013
2013 brings a completely redesigned Boxster, inside and out. A few of the highlights include:
- Redesigned look – sharper curves, sportier definition
- LED taillights
- Wider chassis for improved handling
- Better fuel economy
The first noticeable change on the 2013 Porsche Boxster is its redesigned body. The smooth, curvy lines of the first and second-generation Boxster gives way to sharp, creased lines and angles, and more defined side panels. The shell consists of lightweight aluminum-steel composite and galvanized steel; and it comes standard with an automatically extending rear spoiler. The convertible roof is fully electric and can be opened or closed in about nine seconds. The standard 18-inch alloy wheels can be upgraded to 20-inch Carrera Classic wheels, Carrera S wheels, or SportTechno wheels. Other standard features include water-repellent coating on door windows and a center single tailpipe in brushed stainless steel. A wind deflector, electrically folding exterior mirrors, and automatically dimming mirrors with integrated rain sensor, Park Assist, and sports tailpipe are all available as options.
Interior & Cargo
The Boxster’s interior is wrapped in high-quality materials and ergonomically designed. The seats are placed lower to accommodate taller drivers, but it still lacks cargo space. With a trunk in both the front and the rear, the combined total cargo space is only about 10 cubic feet.
Porsche is known for offering a plethora of available options, and the 2013 Boxster follows suit. While these options will up the price quite a bit, there are a lot of exciting features to choose from, including a leather key pouch, Sport Chrono Clock, leather package, seat ventilation, logo floor mats, two-zone automatic climate control, and even seat belts in Yachting Blue, Guards Red, or Racing Yellow. Choose from standard sport seats or optional Sports seat Plus with upholstered leather and improved lateral support. Drivers even have their choice of three distinct steering wheel designs: Sports steering wheel, multifunction steering wheel, and the SportDesign steering wheel with gearshift paddles. Steering wheel heating is available as an option.
Porsche offers technology upgrades on the 2103 Boxster as well. The CDR audio system with four speakers comes standard with a seven-inch touch screen, in-dash CD drive, MP3 compatibility, and Bluetooth. Options include BOSE Surround Sound, a six-disc CD/DVD auto changer, voice control, a cordless handset for telephone module, a SiriusXM Satellite Radio receiver, and the upgraded Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation and universal audio interface.
The 2013 Porsche Boxster offers a variety of standard safety features, including anti-lock disc brakes, full-size front and side airbags, traction control, stability control, anti-theft protection, and rollover protection above the headrests. Porsche Stability Management (PSM) comes standard on both models. If the car begins to oversteer or understeer, PSM utilizes selective braking to restore the stability of the car.
As with any Porsche model, it's all about performance, and the 2013 Porsche Boxster offers a high-performance driving experience like no other. The Boxster delivers with a top track speed of 164 mph and the ability to go from zero to 60 in just 5.5 seconds.
The new Boxster comes with a 2.7-liter, six-cylinder engine that offers 265 hp at 6700 rpm and 206 lb-ft of torque. The Boxster S comes with a more powerful 3.4-liter, six-cylinder engine that generates 315 hp at 6700 rpm and 266 lb-ft of torque. Both are paired with a six-speed manual transmission. For even better handling and performance, there is an option for a retuned seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission in both manual and automatic modes. PDK provides lightning fast gear changes, improved acceleration, short response times, and improved fuel efficiency. Porsche's electric-assist steering also improves fuel efficiency and the end result is 22/28 mpg city/highway.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Porsche Boxter
- BMW Z4
- Mercedes-Benz SLK Class