Uncovering the 2013 Porsche Boxster

2013 Porsche Boxster under wraps

The Boxster has never been my favorite Porsche. For that matter, the Boxster has never even been my favorite roadster.

I don’t have a good reason for that, other than the fact that the 911 exists and has always been a superior car. But where else can you go to find a midengine, lightweight, RWD roadster that’s as much fun to drive as the Boxster? There’s just not much in the way of competition there. For the money, though, a buyer can look at the Jaguar XK, Audi S5, BMW Z4 or even the Chevy Corvette. Each offers something the Boxster can’t, whether in the way of speed or more exotic looks.

Can the 2013 Boxster finally live up to the expectations of the Porsche name and be the purest sports car it offers?

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Porsche Builds a Better Boxster

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.

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Next-Gen 2013 Porsche Boxster Spied

2013 Porsche Boxster

The 2013 Boxster doesn’t look like a Boxster; it looks better. Like the present car, it’s midengine, which is what sports cars, ideally, should be. (Check out our complete and laudatory review here.) Yet because the next-generation car is just hatching, it has inspired foolish, even contradictory comment on the Web.

Discussing the fact that it has appeared without camouflage, Automotorblog (Automoronblog?) said, “to people who fancy one of the finest roadsters out there, seing [sic] it in this condition is like spotting the teacher you fell in love with as a small kid walking out of the shower.”

The car you see above is the Boxster S, out of the shower with 18-inch alloy wheels and all-new body sheet metal. Per AutoExpress, the S version will get the 3.4-liter opposed six or a new smaller, low-emissions turbo four, producing around 270 hp. Autoblog says the four might “pack as much as 360 horsepower courtesy of a little forced induction.”

Car and Driver is less clear on the engine situation, talking about two possible sixes and two possible fours. In such cases of rampant speculation, I go with AutoExpress.

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