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Aaron Gold

Test drive: 2013 Porsche Boxster S

By January 8, 2013

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2013 Porsche Boxster S

The introduction of any new Porsche is an event, although most of the fanfare seems to be reserved for the 911. But there are some who say that the Boxster is the superior car -- its mid-engine layout provides far better balance than the pendulum-like setup of the 911. And when you take a closer look at the new Boxster, you might begin to wonder if Porsche doesn't feel that way, too. How is the all-new Boxster? Find out in my review. -- Aaron Gold

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January 8, 2013 at 6:58 am
(1) Eric says:

Great review! Sounds like the Boxter is no different than most any other car on the market when it comes to price and options; although you can get a cheap one, there aren’t many out there, and if you want creature comforts and toys, you’re going to pay for them through the nose.

Sounds like this is a really great sports car.

January 8, 2013 at 9:18 am
(2) Steve in GA says:

Your poll question, usually a pretty serious affair, gave me a laugh this time. Asking me whether the 911 or Boxter is superior is flattering, but I donít have a clue, and I have no way to form an informed choice. And, I would imagine that most of those who respond will be relying on their experience in dreams to form their opinions, too.

By the way, several different publications and even the MotorWeek TV program have published tests of the Boxter S recently. That makes me wonder whether all auto reviewers like yourself are given the same car as other testers may have already repeatedly banged around the test track. If so, do you often find slipping clutches, drive-train slack, worn brakes, slick tires and other signs of the abuse given these test cars?

January 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm
(3) Aaron Gold - Cars Guide says:

Steve, good question. We generally draw from the same pool of cars, although they usually have different fleets in different parts of the country. The cars to get beat on pretty hard, but they also get excellent maintenance and care, so we very rarely get a car that isn’t 100%… or at least 95%. The manufacturers want to be sure we see the car in its best light. I once had the clutch go out on a Lancer Evo, but other than that, I rarely see cars with problems.

Aaron

January 8, 2013 at 8:06 pm
(4) Hawaiian Don says:

Good point Steve. Few of us, other than Aaron will ever have an opportunity to do a straight up comparo of two cars such as these. However, many like myself have driven tail wagging 911′s and mid-engine sports cars, if only at different times and at different venues.
Even so, the memories of such experiences are indelible.
My sudden, unexpected spinout at speed with a tail happy 1989 911 Turbo turned me off FOREVER on rear engine high performance cars…no matter how large their handling envelope. The predictability of oversteer in a mid-engine car is simply unmatched…INHO.

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