Racing along a twisting mountain road in the 2013 Porsche Boxster is an experience more akin to riding a magic carpet than driving a car. The Boxster seems to glide along in sympathy with the twists and turns of the road. It’s so smooth, you’re almost tempted to get out and look to see if the car is really touching the ground.
Yes, it really is that good.
Known by Porsche’s internal designation as the type 981, the heavily revised second generation Boxster was introduced at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. Improved in every way over the type 987 model it replaces, the 981 has a longer wheelbase, a wider track, and runs larger wheels than its predecessor. Yet, it is also lighter.
The first Porsche model to be designed specifically as a roadster since the Boxster’s spiritual predecessor, the 550 Spyder (also known as the “James Dean” Porsche), the mid-engine Boxster’s powertrain layout makes it in many ways superior to Porsche’s flagship 911 sports car.
In fact, were the two equally powerful…