No matching results

Recent Articles

Popular Makes

Body Types

Autobytel 2013 Sports Car of the Year: Porsche Boxster S

Benjamin Hunting
by Benjamin Hunting
January 2, 2013
3 min. Reading Time

The Autobytel 2013 Sports Car of the Year is another category that saw more than a few surprise entries from brands not typically associated with building models in the traditional mold of a sports car.  Surging excitement surrounding a pair of Japanese twins and the introduction of a high performance hatchback with a European background nearly saw the Sports Car of the Year award go the same direction as our nod for 2013's best Compact/Coupe, but a strong latecomer from Germany swooped in to carry the day when the final votes were tallied.

Read on to learn about the four finalists for Autobytel 2013 Sports Car of the Year.

Autobytel 2013 Sports Car of the Year Winner: 2013 Porsche Boxster S

The 2013 Porsche Boxster S addresses almost everything that was lacking about the previous-generation of the roadster (which frankly, wasn't all that much), while simultaneously dialing its chassis and power plant up to 11.  The Porsche Boxster S offers the ultimate in compact open-top performance and finally comes with the kind of styling and interior refinement that will satisfy longtime Porsche fans.  The most sporting version of the two-seat convertible, the Boxster S features a 3.4-liter, 315 horsepower six-cylinder engine and the choice between either a six-speed manual transmission or Porsche's PDK seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox.


Autobytel 2013 Sports Car of the Year Finalist: 2013 Subaru BRZ / 2013 Scion FR-S

The Japanese twins who won our Compact/Coupe hardware, the 2013 Subaru BRZ and the 2013 Scion FR-S, were also heavy favorites in the Sports Car segment as well.  The BRZ and the FR-S can claim a pure and unfettered driving experience, driven home by a high-revving 200 horsepower four-cylinder engine and a lightweight design that prizes responsiveness and road feedback.  Not designed for straight-line speed, both the Subaru the Scion are best described as driver's cars in an era where horsepower and tire-smoking antics have increasingly become the norm, and their rear-wheel drive layout and affordable price points are further anomalies amongst the other models on this list.


Autobytel 2013 Sports Car of the Year Finalist: 2013 Ford Focus ST

Bringing over a European-tuned compact performance icon was a gamble for Ford, but it's one that appears to have paid off given the ability of the 2013 Ford Focus ST to place not just as a finalist in the Sports Car category, but also in the Compact/Coupe category.  Although its front-wheel drive, hatchback design might have some doubting its sporty character, the vehicle's 252 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (which also generates 270 lb-ft of torque), trick electronic nannies, and blazing acceleration make it a credible, fun-to-drive entry.  32-mpg on the highway also gives the Focus ST status as the most frugal member of our group of Sports Car finalists.


More Autobytel WInners for 2013:

The editorial team of Autobytel has chosen the previous vehicles as the best of what we have seen in the category for 2013, and while there are many others in this class that probably deserve some kudos as well, we'd love to hear which you would choose for yourself. Let us know on the Autobytel Twitter or the Autobytel Facebook page.

See the Autobytel 2013 Car of the Year and the Autobytel 2013 Truck of the Year.

See More of Autobytel's Picks for the Year:

 Autobytel 2013 Compact/Coupe Car of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Convertible of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Sedan of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Luxury Car of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 SUV of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Luxury SUV of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Crossover of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Sports Car of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Alternative Fuel Car of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Pickup Truck of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Van/Minivan/Wagon of the Year


 2013 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

 2013 Ford Fusion

 2013 Cadillac ATS

 2013 Jeep Wrangler

 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

 2013 Porsche Boxster S

 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

 2013 RAM 1500

 2013 Mazda MAZDA5



Interested in Getting a New Car?

Used Cars Near You

No Data Available

Powered by Usedcars.com
©2024 AutoWeb, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Some content provided by and under copyright by Autodata, Inc. dba Chrome Data. © 1986-2024.