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Imagine I have a time traveling device, say a TARDIS, and I go back in time a few years and tell my past self that I thoroughly enjoyed a Porsche Boxster. Why, I figured you’d get your ass kicked for saying something like that. But in all reality, I was given a week with the 2013 Porsche Boxster and I really did enjoy virtually every bit of the car.
Upon first glance, the brand new 2013 Porsche Boxster will look very similar to the MR2 Spyder. This may be a negative to most, but quite frankly, I love the look of this Boxster. From the front to the back and side to side, the body screams “I know I’ve let you down in the past, but I swear I’m better!” The front and rear tail lights have been updated, giving the car a more up-to-date look, as opposed to previous models. It has a bit of a longer wheelbase, and lower ground clearance, giving it a great stance. It’s easy to say that the 2013 Boxster is easy on the eyes. One thing that did catch my eye as odd was the size of the brakes. It makes the car look a bit, underpowered, but nonetheless the braking system still works great. The size of the brakes may have looked odd on our model because of the optional 20” Carrera S wheels were in place instead of the 18” alloy wheels, a $3,120 option.
The interior of the car is about what you would expect out of an entry level Porsche. It is simple, slightly fancy and has a touch of technology. It doesn’t throw technology at you like an electronics expo, but it does give you a brief brochure of what Porsche is capable of. Our optional infotainment system with BOSE surround sound was a hit with my coworker. To him, the sound system was a selling point in itself for the car, but it does come with quite the price: $4,560. One annoyance was that our gear selector was placed quite close to the flurry of buttons on the center console, making it difficult to see which button you need to press in order to work the air conditioner. An even greater annoyance, and apparently everyone else’s, was the cup holders. Where are they? Oh, they are hidden in an annoying compartment above the glovebox that expands when pushed. Problem is, it took me a minute to find this out and to close the contraption was a pain in itself.
Now, I didn’t get this car to say its pretty or that the cupholders put in a fit of rage. I got it to drive the hell out of it. Thankfully, Porsche didn’t just make the 2013 Boxster look great, they made it drive great as well. Its flat-6 2.7-liter engine pumps out 265hp and 206 lb-ft of torque. These numbers may not impress when read but I can assure you that every bit of power is put to work. Thanks to the previously mentioned stance and lightweight, this has got to be the greatest driving experience ever given in a Porsche Boxster. Acceleration in our 6-speed automatic was incredibly quick. Even though I am a naturalist and prefer manual gearboxes, this dual clutch PDK gearbox is a dream. The Boxster laid into the corners, powering through them with adequate torque, and minimal body roll. Accelerating at the apex (Thanks Gran Turismo on PS1) kicked in the PDK gearbox, shooting me out of the corners. Turn off the traction control, and precise sideways corners give the experienced driver a thrilling time.
Overall, I was extraordinarily pleased with the 2013 Porsche Boxster. It’s exciting exterior, functional interior and quality driver make this a serious contender for the car of the year. If you are looking for a sporty convertible that will drop its top in a moment’s notice, give you a rewarding drive and impress people when you tell them you drive a Porsche, the 2013 Porsche Boxster is an affordable and perfect option.
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