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2013 Porsche Boxster S Track Test Drive & Sports Car Video Review

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Published on Jul 6, 2012

http://www.autobytel.com/porsche/boxs... The 2013 Porsche Boxster S marks the 3rd generation for this mid-engine roadster. This little convertible sports car not only looks great, but it also performs better than anything else in the class. When most car companies launch a new model they pick some posh location. Porsche decided to show off the new 2013 Boxster S by introducing the roadster at the Barber Motorsports Park where journalists would have the opportunity to test the car on both the track and the autocross course. The base price for the new Boxster S starts at $60,900.

The Porsche Boxster has a mid-engine design meaning the motor sits somewhere between the front and rear axels. In this case the engine is right behind the drive. This allows for favorable weight distribution and more traction to the rear tires resulting in a better performing automobile. The 2013 Porsche Boxster base model is powered by a 2.7 liter 6-cylinder engine. The S model tested here has a larger displacement engine at 3.4 liters. This results in more power with the 2013 Boxster S making 315 horsepower and 266 lb-ft. f torque. This may not sound like much but the Boxster S is a very light weight car at just under 3000 lbs. Transmission choices come down to a 6-speed manual or high-tech PDK 7-speed automatic. Performance figures are 0-60 MPH in 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 172 MPH.

At the end of the day the Boxster is still a convertible and for this 2013 model Porsche made great strides to improve the automatic retractable top. With one push of a button the top retracts in only 9 seconds plus you can put the top down while driving. On the inside the stylish red leather package looks like it belongs in a high end exotic car. The trim pieces are perfectly integrated silver pieces. The 7-inch touch screen navigation unit and BOSE surround sound system are more than enough for the techie out there. Of course the 2013 Porsche Boxster S comes packed with tons of luxury features and amenities on top of everything you would expect in a luxury sports car.

Porsche has done a lot to improve the fuel economy of the Boxster since more and more car buyers are looking into fuel efficient vehicles. The chassis has been lightened thanks to a combination of metals like aluminum. The PDK 7-speed transmission not only performs spectacularly but it also is very fuel efficient. New for this model is an Auto Start/Stop function which turns the car off while sitting stopped. This increases fuel economy by a few MPG. Coast Technology lowers the engine RPM's while at highway speed resulting in more gas savings. Fuel economy figures are estimated to be at 21 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway which is awesome for a car that can accelerate so quickly.

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