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Car of the Month February 2014

2014 Porsche Boxster

Swift Sports Convertible

A three-quarter front view of the 2014 Porsche Boxster
In short: A quick and nimble entry roadster.

2014 Porsche Boxster Review

This swift two-seater has been a top choice for joyrides since the roadster came charging onto roadways a decade ago. Nimble, responsive and boasting 265 horsepower.

Our bright tester came in exclusive racing yellow with optional ($340) matching racing yellow seat belts. Interior is pleasant and comfortable with seat ventilation and the full power convertible top is no-nonsense. The optional BOSE surround sound system is perfect to counter higher speeds’ wind noise. Of course, the centerpiece of this agile, race-inspired vehicle is the mid-mounted boxer engine; physics dictate that it is the best place in a car. Tacked on to the VarioCam motor is a 6-speed manual transmission with dual mass flywheel and hill assist control. Yes, you get collapsible cupholders and all sorts of other creature comforts and convenience: Bluetooth, halogen headlights with coming home feature, remote entry alarm with interior surveillance, multifunction trip computer and more.

The base Porsche Boxster model offers plenty of top-down fun, all while earning an impressive 30 mpg highway. Whether for a quick trip to the supermarket, a daily drive to the office or a romantic drive on back country roads, this fun-to-drive, mid-engine ride will keep a smile on your face.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile roadside assistance

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QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $49,500 / As Tested: $63,055

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible

Engine: 2.7-liter horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder with direct injection
Horsepower: 265 hp @ 6,700 rpm
Torque: 206 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight: 2,888 lbs
Wheelbase: 97.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 172.2 / 70.9 / 50.5 in
Turning circle: 36 ft

Brakes:
4-wheel ventilated disc brakes
Suspension: modified MacPherson strut front and rear

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control

0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds
60-0 mph: n/a
Top Speed: 164 mph

EPA City: 20 mpg
EPA Highway: 30 mpg
Combined MPG: 24 mpg

Seating Capacity: 2
Safety: dual-stage front airbags; head and thorax side airbags


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Photography: AlphaMedia

Make: Porsche, Vehicle Type: Convertible

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