Porsche Builds a Better Boxster

January 13th, 2012

2013 Porsche Boxster S

In his story about the 2013 Boxster, Jalopnik’s Matt Hardigree drooled over it—and who wouldn’t?—and most of the commenters ended up discussing whether Honda’s now-retired S2000 was the better car. Really.

In the AutoSpies piece—pix and the company press release—most everybody drooled. In Jack Baruth’s Truth About Cars story, the comments were picky and wandered off into talk about green and recycled parts.

Let us be grateful that our commenters are neither distracted nor disposed to carry on irrelevant, off-the-wall conversations among themselves.

The third-generation Boxster, by all reports, will be one of the best cars Porsche has ever produced. It’s lighter, faster, a little bigger and totally redesigned. It looks like a Carrera GT. It’ll cost you around $50K (the S version, around $61K), but you’ll get a boost in power over the 2012 versions.

The automatic dual-clutch PDK 7-speed (Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, in Deutsch-speak, one word where we use six) is optional, but you get a manual 6-speed standard. You also get electromechanical power steering, which the 911 has also—an improvement, say most.

The new car’s styling is right on; it now looks like a Porsche and not an also-ran.

The base Boxster (265 hp), with PDK, does 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds; the Boxster S gets there in 4.7 seconds. The S2000, without PDK, does it in 5.7 seconds and for half the price or less, very used. Check out DealFinder.

Some would argue that $50K for an “entry-level” Porsche is over the top. To them, we say, enjoy your buzzy, low-torque Honda teapot and think of the money you saved by not buying a Boxster.

Are Porsche cars—the Boxsters in particular—overpriced? Why, or why not?

—jgoods

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  1. January 15th, 2012 at 22:03 | #1

    @Randy
    and a lot more reliable and better nailed together

  2. jgoods
    January 13th, 2012 at 18:44 | #2

    @ Randy
    You gotta be kidding, Señor. See http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/54/Toyota_MR2_Spyder.jpg and tell me again that the MR2 looks like the Boxster–or performs anything like it. You are comparing steak and hotdogs.

  3. Randy
    January 13th, 2012 at 18:33 | #3

    Nice car, but it’s doing what they all seem to do. Get more complex and more expensive with each new version. Frankly, the Toyota MR2 Spyder looks like a boxster and is a lot more affordble.

  4. January 13th, 2012 at 17:51 | #4

    That’s my plan.

  5. jgoods
    January 13th, 2012 at 16:59 | #5

    @
    I hope they do. I used to live in Wisconsin–years ago. Will you be driving your S2000 to the game?

  6. January 13th, 2012 at 16:50 | #6

    Speaking of the Boxster and staying on topic, how bout them Packers? I reckon they’ll go all the way again this year.

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