2013 Porsche Boxster Driven.

The engineers at Porsche must be raising glasses of Hefeweizen in celebration, because they’ve built a new Boxster S that’s longer, wider, lighter, faster, and almost guaranteed to be a hit for the company.

Everything that’s new for the Boxster isn’t exactly new for anyone who’s been keeping an eye on Porsche lately. The Boxster is still getting trickle-down engineering from the 911, so the Boxster S’ 3.4 liter flat six gets direct fuel injection, stop/start, and some other internal improvements. Power is now at 315 horsepower, just a 5 horsepower bump from the old model.

While the Boxster S does have the company’s seven-speed double clutch gearbox on the options list, the base manual is stuck with six speeds, not the 911’s seven.

Aside from the engineering, here’s how you can really make sense of the Boxster S: at 3,034 pounds it is 55 pounds lighter than the old model, and with the PDK transmission it will sprint to 60 in 5.4 seconds. New sheetmetal cleans up the whole car, with an especially cool integrated rear spoiler, as well as big new lights and a broader side scoop.

Once it arrives in the US this summer, it will cost you $60,900 to own this, the world’s favorite German mid-engined roadster.

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