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2013 Porsche Boxster Walk Around

The 2013 Porsche Boxster has undergone significant revisions, including the development of a new chassis that anchors a vehicle with an added 2.4 inches of wheelbase, total length stretching a slightly more modest 1.3 inches. That translates to less overhang. The new roadster is also a wee bit lower. What's more impressive is the fact that the base car sheds 55 pounds, the Boxster S dropping 77 pounds.

The Porsche Boxster's mid-engine layout is a critical defining factor in design, but the design of the new 911, a rear-engine car, has clearly influenced the new Boxster's overall styling. We think some folks may mistake the new Boxster for a previous-generation 911 cabrio.

The windshield has moved forward by about four inches, while the new Boxster's tall front fenders and sloping headlamps bear a clear hint of 911 to them. The sculpted side panels, which flow into deep air scoops just behind the doors, bear the imprint of the Carrera GT. The 2013 Boxster features flowing LED taillamps that pinch in under the decklid just beneath the new integrated rear spoiler.

The overall look is devoid of excess ornamentation and presents a more mature look for the 2013 Boxster.

The Boxster is a roadster and it takes a brief 9 seconds to raise or lower the top, to our knowledge the fastest of any ragtop on the market.

Interior

The 2013 Boxster is roomier than the previous version. For those who have found the cabin a bit cramped in past generations of Boxsters the new model will come as a marked improvement.

The added wheelbase has largely benefited the interior, starting with seats that can travel an extra inch rearward. Those seats, meanwhile, offer substantial lateral support, as we discovered during both some aggressive track driving and a slightly more leisurely route through the Alabama countryside. But they're also pleasantly comfortable after even several hours behind the wheel.

And looking through the steering wheel you'll discover an attractive new three-gauge cluster reminiscent of both the new 911 and the Porsche Panamera. It was the Panamera that introduced the distinctive center console where the majority of the car's switches and controls are located. That new design layout carries over into the Boxster.

The overall look and feel, meanwhile, is decidedly more refined than the Boxsters of past. As with all recent Porsche offerings the maker has been recognizing that it is, after all, as much a luxury car maker as a manufacturer of high-performance automobiles. There's no reason to settle for chintzy switches, handles and knobs and the 2013 Boxster is proof in point.

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