2013 Porsche Boxster S
by Dave Stall

2013 Porsche Boxster SThe Boxster S came from the Porsche 914 heritage and has improved with every new model release. This year is no exception, and the Boxster S may be stealing business from the 911 family. I doubt that's a bad thing and in fact I really enjoyed the Boxster S to the point I might put that one in my own garage.

My tester was a convertible. I'm not a fan of convertibles but this car was a blast, top up or down. Operating the top was a breeze, one button, no latches. Just a 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 creates 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 is 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. The fuel mileage is good on this car as well, but opt for the manual transmission and it ranges around 20 MPG gallon in the city and 28 on the open road. The PDK transmission averages 21 MPG city and 30 freeway, but that's with premium fuel.

Another feature I really liked was the amount of storage in  the Boxster S. It'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 is typical Porsche – functional, beautiful and a lot of attention to detail. It's truly a driver's car in every aspect of driving, from competitive driving to just cruising down the coast soaking up the rays.

The Porsche Boxster S starts at $60,900 plus tax and license and any other fees.

It's well worth the ride if you love to drive.

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