Review: 2013 Porsche Boxster S
The Boxster S came from the Porsche 914 heritage and has improved with every new model release. This year is no exception; in fact the Boxster S may be stealing business from the 911 family, and is that a bad thing? I doubt it! In fact I really enjoyed the Boxster S to the point I might put that one in my garage?
My tester was a convertible, not a big fan of convertibles but this car was a blast, top up or down! In fact operating the top was a breeze, one button, no latches! Quick drop and rise The Boxster S is powered by a 3.4-litre flat-six engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) and VarioCam Plus. It develops 315 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and the maximum torque of 360 Nm is produced between 4,500 rpm and 5,800 rpm.
The new Boxster S comes with two transmission options, a six-speed manual gearbox which races from 0 to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 173 mph. With optional PDK, an acceleration time of 5.0 seconds and a maximum speed of 172 mph are achieved. In conjunction with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the Boxster S with PDK finishes the sprint in only 4.8 seconds.
I had the PDK transmission in my tester, still a fan of the manual transmission but hey…I am an old guy! Fuel mileage is good on this car as well; if you opt for the manual transmission you can expect to get 20 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the open road! With the PDK transmission you will expect 21 city and 30 freeway, using premium fuel that is!
Another feature I really liked was the amount of storage you had in the Boxster S, a total of 4.6 cubic feet of space, storage in the tail and the nose plus lots of cubby holes within the car.
The interior was typical Porsche, functional, beautiful and a lot of attention to detail, it is truly a driver's car in every aspect of driving, from competitive driving to just cruising down the coast soaking up the rays!
What does it cost you ask? The Porsche Boxster S starts at $60,900 plus tax and license and any other fees.
It is well worth the ride if you love to drive!