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2013 Porsche Boxster - Performance Review

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Excellent handling, ample power, and one of the best electric steering systems we've tested make the 2013 Porsche Boxster a true driver's car.
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The electric power steering requires less work than it did before, thanks to lighter weight. It’s faithfully accurate, but at the same time it’s less involving.
Car and Driver

And if you're driving hard and want engine braking when you back off the gas? The car knows, sensing that throttle control is more incisive and keeping the drivetrain connected.
Automobile Magazine

The new Boxster will tell you everything you need to know to drive just as hard as you could in the previous car.
Motor Trend

The Boxster S with the dual-clutch automatic is fast, nimble, and lighter on its feet than even the 2976-pound weight would imply.
Popular Mechanics

At speed the 2013 Porsche Boxster handles magnificently, a precise and balanced instrument for carving out a corner.
Yahoo! Motoramic

Two engines are available in the two flavors of the 2013 Porsche Boxster. The standard model gets a 2.7-liter flat-six engine rated at 265 hp and a 0-60 mph time of jsut 5.5 seconds. The Boxster S gets a 3.4-liter flat six that's good for 315 horsepower and 4.8 seconds to 60 mph.

Both models are available with either a six-speed manual (no seven-speed manual like you'll find in the Porsche 911), or a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters. For the enthusiast, the manual might make sense, but the PDK is nearly as fun and far easier to drive quickly, both on track and around town.

Power isn't the Boxster's main attraction, despite having plenty of it. It's handling that draws in a Boxster buyer, and the 2013 model takes advantage of a lighter, stiffer chassis and bespoke tires to make the most of Porsche's long-standing know-how when it comes to dynamics. Electric power steering numbs the feel ever so slightly, but it's easily among the two best such systems we've tested—the other belonging to the 911. All-around, the 2013 Porsche Boxster shines as the leading example of sporty handling in its class.

For models equipped with the adjustable suspension system (Porsche Active Suspension Management, or PASM), the driver-selectable "comfort," "normal," and "sport" modes allow tuning the suspension compliance to the task at hand.


Excellent handling, ample power, and one of the best electric steering systems we've tested make the 2013 Porsche Boxster a true driver's car.

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