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The 2013 Porsche Boxster S

This Boxster is the most visually complete version yet. The wheels have been pushed farther into the car’s corners while the air intake in front of the rear wheels is significantly larger. The doors are thus scalloped accordingly, directing air into those enlarged vents.  (Porsche)
The roof
The roof can be operated in nine seconds and at speeds as high as 30 mph. At speeds of any number, it seals out a great swath of outside noise, giving the cabin the solitude of a coupe.  (Porsche)
Fuel economy
The tested Boxster S included the stock six-speed manual transmission. The car is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.  (Porsche)
Six gears
Rowing through the Boxster’s six gears was an enviable task as this gearbox is an excellent piece of hardware. It artfully balances precision and smoothness and the shift knob is well positioned for easy manhandling.  (Porsche)
Disc brakes
The vented disc brakes felt like they could go all day at the track. (Porsche)
Base price
Piling on available options means a heavy sticker price is inevitable. The Boxster S tested landed at $84,120, a lengthy jump from its $61,850 base price. (Porsche)
The Boxster S tested has 315 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. It wrings this out of a 3.4-liter engine (also a direct-injected flat-six) that’s largely similar to the older model, in both mechanics and also the gloriously distinct rasp of Porsche engines arranged in this configuration. .  (Porsche)
Vast improvement
The 2013 Boxster S is better in nearly every measurable way than its predecessor. But it’s hard not to feel nickel-and-dimed when you have to shell out for torque vectoring and other features.  (Porsche)