2013 Porsche Boxster : Focused on Fun!

20 Aug 2013 Porsche Boxster : Focused on Fun!

The Boxster is all-new for 2013 and rides on a 911-derived chassis. It is lighter than the outgoing model, despite being longer and wider. The base model is powered by a new 265-hp, 2.7L flat six. The Boxster S’ 3.4L is a carryover engine, though it has been tuned to produce 315 hp. New options include the Sport Chrono Package and Porsche’s torque vectoring system.

Exterior

The body of the 2013 Porsche Boxster is made of a mix of galvanized steel and aluminum and comes in several choices of clearcoat or metallic monotone paint. The wheels are silver aluminum standardly, with body-colored aluminum, black aluminum, and painted aluminum wheels available. The wheels come paired with performance tires rated to safely travel at speeds above 149 miles per hour. Performance tires are excellent for pushing the car to its max, on dry even pavement; though, all-season tires are better for driving in poor weather. The convertible top is powered and the rear window is glass. A power rear spoiler not only adds to the style, it also can improve handling and increase stability.

Interior & Cargo

The Boxster comes with manual air conditioning with automatic air conditioning available, for added convenience. In either case, an air filter comes standard to keep the air fresh within the cabin. The Boxster is a two-seater. Front seats are bucket seats, with sport seats available. These seats come upholstered in a simulated suede/leatherette, with real leather available as a more luxurious option. The standard is two-way power adjustable seats, however ten-way and 12-way power adjustable seats are available, for added comfort and convenience. Heated seats, for added comfort on cold winter days, and cooled seats for additional comfort during the summer are available. Lumbar support is also available for both passengers, for added riding comfort.

The audio system is an AM/FM/Satellite-capable/CD player. An in-dash mounted six-disc cd changer is an available option for the audio enthusiast. MP3 capability, auxiliary audio input, and Bluetooth compatibility come standard with this system, while DVD audio, voice recognition, and steering wheel audio controls are available options. Music plays through four speakers in the base model and seven speakers in the S model. Ten brand speakers are also available. A navigation system is an available option and comes with voice activation. Two LCD screens are equipped in the front on both models. A programmable garage door opener comes standard, for use with automatic garage doors.

A cargo net is equipped in the trunk, for managing small items. The trunk has a puny 6.6 cubic feet of storage room, but to be fair, the Boxster is a two-seater convertible.

Safety

No official crash test ratings are available for the Boxster yet, but it does come with frontal impact airbags, seat mounted side impact airbags, and side curtain airbags. Knee protection airbags are not available, however. Airbags come with an occupant sensor. Anti-lock brakes and driveline traction control help the driver better manage the vehicle when it begins to go out of control, such as during a skid. Parking assist is available for drivers who would like help with parking.

A key fob provides remote keyless entry, but does not include a panic alarm. Ignition disable helps to prevent theft through making the vehicle impossible to hotwire.

The Boxster warns the driver when it is time for a trip to the gas station, or when the tires need to be refilled, but not when it is time for the vehicle to be serviced- so that is left up to the driver’s discretion. Conveniently, an air compressor comes standard, for refilling tires when away from a service station.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Porsche Boxster comes with a 2.7-liter, 265-horsepower, six-cylinder engine on the base model. This engine produces 206 lb-ft of torque and is rated at 20/30 mpg city/highway. The S trim has a 3.4-liter, 315-horsepower, six-cylinder engine. This engine produces 266 lb-ft of torque and is rated at 20/28 mpg city/highway. Since these engines are inline six-cylinders instead of V-6 engine, the engine power is more smoothly distributed and the engine runs quieter. Both engines come paired with a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive. A seven-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and auto-manual is available as an option. The Porsche Boxster is a rear-wheel drive vehicle. Cruise control comes standard.

The base model has a regular tuned suspension, while the S has a sport tuned suspension, giving it the better drive and handling of the two. An adaptive suspension and ride control are available options that would further fine tune the control that the driver has over the handling. The front suspension is a strut suspension and is supported by an anti-roll bar, coil springs, and gas-pressurized shocks. The rear suspension is also a strut suspension, strangely enough, and also comes supported by coil springs and gas-pressurized rear shocks. While the strut suspensions provide for a smooth ride, they are less flexible than double independent or multi-link suspensions; meaning this car will have a hard time matching up against its competitors, the Infiniti G37 and the Audi TTS, in the handling department, since both of these cars come with a multi-link suspension in the rear.