2013 Porsche Boxster
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Porsche has pedigree. There are no ifs, ands or buts. There is no room for debate. Even if you are not a fan of the marque, or just don’t get expensive sports cars in general, there is no denying that Porsche has had one of the most storied and successful sports car legacies, well, of all time. Still not convinced? Well, neither was I. I grew up an anti-fan of Porsches and thought they were overrated. My only unfounded reasoning was that everyone else liked them so I, by default, could not like them. I’d never driven them or rode in them, but to me they couldn’t possibly live up to the hype; there are so many better sports cars out there. Right? Right?

Wrong! I was so very, very wrong. Ever since my first ride in a 911 over a decade ago, I realized the errors of my ‘hater’ ways. Anyone who has driven a proper Porsche sports car (Cayennes and Panameras need not apply) and still does not appreciate them, well, I can’t help you. Porsche has built a legacy on producing vehicles that are as at home on the racetrack as they are on a country road taking a sunny Sunday afternoon cruise. They blend prestige, sport and luxury in a way many other manufactures could wish for. And for 2013, there is an all-new one; the Porsche Boxster.

I’ll admit we at Autos.ca are a bit late to the 2013 Boxster party; many have already reviewed this roadster over the past few months. However, we have a twist for our coverage of the Boxster: a full-blown winter test. But before we get to that, here is a quick refresher on the all-new 2013 Boxster.

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The 981 Boxster, as it is code-named, is the third generation of this compact mid-engine roadster from Porsche. It continues to feature a retractable soft top, seating for two and the renowned front and rear trunks. There is a choice between two engines and two transmissions. Regular Boxsters feature a 2.7L horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine producing 265 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. Boxster S models get an upgrade to a 3.4L flat-six engine that generates 315 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Either engine can be paired up to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission that Porsche refers to as Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK).

My test vehicle was a regular 2013 Boxster with a starting price of $56,500. However, it was loaded up with $17,790 worth of options including the $3,660 PDK transmission, $1,790 19-inch Boxster S wheels, $2,050 Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and the $2,710 Sport Chrono Package with Porsche Stability Management (PSM). Those who think this is an expensive list of options probably shouldn’t try configuring their own Boxster online; a regular non-S Boxster can have $71,700 worth of options added to its $56,500 base price.

Amongst the smorgasbord of options are no less than five wheel choices. My tester had the elegantly designed 19-inch Boxster S wheels that look both sporty and expensive at the same time. Painted in Aqua Blue Metallic, the 2013 Boxster looks a bit like a mini Porsche Carrera GT. I love nearly every exterior detail on the Boxster from the rear spoiler that is integrated into the tail lights to those lovely stacked projector headlights.

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