Porsche’s most affordable sports car offering, the Boxster roadster, has been on the market in the United States since 1996. Refreshed for the 2005 model year, the Boxster had become somewhat stale in its middle-age years, prompting Porsche to pen a thorough redesign for the 2013 model year.
The all-new 2013 Boxster is lighter, stiffer, more responsive and more refined, both inside and out, than the model it replaces. It boasts more aggressive bodywork; a cabin with higher quality materials and better noise isolation; improved fuel efficiency and better handling when the road throws you a curve.
While engine displacement hasn’t changed for 2013, both Boxster and Boxster S models get a bump in both output and in fuel economy. The 2.7-liter flat-six in the Boxster is now rated at 265 horsepower (from 255 last year), while the 3.4-liter flat-six in the Boxster S is rated at 315 horsepower (up from 310). Porsche claims that fuel economy is up by 15 percent in both models,...