KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 4/19/2013
Fresh off a revamp, the 2014 Porsche Boxster is an exhilarating mid-engine, rear-drive convertible that nearly captures the sexy 911-style appeal that the Cayman has mastered. This 3rd-generation Boxster is slightly bigger than past models, but is lighter, tighter and more fuel efficient in both base and hopped-up Boxster S forms. Its cabin is quieter, and you can fold its soft top in just nine seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. Though more refined, Porsche's 2-seat roadster still loves to tackle twisty roads. The Boxster doesn't have the folding hardtop of a BMW Z4 or Mercedes-Benz SLK, or the easier-to-digest starting prices of the Audi TT and Nissan 370Z convertibles, but does boast what none of those can touch: the dynamics and prestige of a Porsche.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're just as enthusiastic about the act of driving a performance roadster as you are about the appeal of driving one, the Porsche Boxster will deliver on both desires.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you want the security and added comfort of a retractable hardtop, look to the Mercedes SLK or BMW Z4, which come standard with one. The comfort-oriented SLK, along with the Audi TT and Nissan 370Z, also undercut the Boxster's $51,000-plus base price by thousands of dollars.
What's New for 2014
With the Boxster all new for the previous model year, there are no significant changes for 2014.
With good power always on tap and an architecture that's stiffer yet lighter than previous-generation models, the 2014 Porsche Boxster drives exactly as your imagination would insist a sports car should. The Boxster's massive brakes swiftly terminate the commendable velocities enabled by the car's mid-mounted 6-cylinder engine, and its new variable-ratio ratio electric power-steering system is clean and quick, despite what some old-school purists may say. Whether you're trying to capture the flag at a club track or just going to a restaurant on a Friday evening, the Boxster's ride quality shines. And therein lies a big part of the Boxster's brilliance: Its engine, suspension and brakes conduct themselves like members of the finest orchestra. The result is an enthusiast/grand-touring-roadster balanced so well that it must be experienced to be believed.
QUICK FOLDING TOP
Nine seconds. That's all it takes to transform the Boxster from cozy cocoon to alfresco adrenaline machine. There's nothing quite like screaming down a windy road with the wind lapping your skin. We consider such outings downright therapeutic, and reckon engineers of the Boxster's rapid-fold roof do, too.
SPORT CHRONO PACKAGE
Over and above the standard Sport setting, this package for Boxsters equipped with an automatic transmission includes a Sport Plus mode, which can further tighten the Boxster's suspension. This setting also quickens shift times and features launch control for extreme acceleration. Another welcome addition is a classy analog/digital stopwatch in the dash.
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