2013 Porsche Boxter S Review

By on September 6, 2012
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Porsche’s most exciting car gets even better.

Good: Precise handling; Powerful for its size; Excellent chassis balance; Great sounding engine & exhaust; Updated design makes it look muscular.
Bad: Optional extras which improve driving experience tack on a lot to the total cost; Driving controls a bit too tight.
Price: AED 217,100 (base)/ AED 270,970 (full options)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The recently launched 2013 Porsche Boxter S has finally landed on the shores of UAE, and we were lucky enough to take one out for a spin. The Boxter S is arguably one of the most exciting cars in Porsche’s lineup given its mass public appeal and affordability.

Between the Cayman, which is essentially a derivative of the Boxter, and the legendary 911 whose image Porsche doesn’t want to change much, the Boxter has been the German marque’s top model for serious design changes and natural evolution.

The 2013 Boxter, dubbed the 981 internally, has an even more inspired front design from the 911 than the previous model. Of course, there are subtle differences around the front air vents, lights and chin sculpts at the edge of the bumper.

Come to the side and you’ll see the large air dams just behind the door and the beginning of the rear fenders. The straight lines the slope inwards are very reminiscent of the Carrera GT supercar Porsche used to make.

The back has a bold new design change with an integrated spoiler that extends into the taillights. More importantly, though, the rear end has bulked up in size considerably, making it much larger than the Cayman and the previous Boxter.

Overall the 2013 Boxter S looks very muscular, yet still retains the classic curves that are admired in Porsche sports cars.

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