Words by John Luther Garcia | Photos courtesy of Porsche AG
At first glance, it would seem that Porsche only did an aesthetic refresh of the second-generation Boxster for its 2013 model. And yet, what you see here is actually the third-generation model (with an internal nomenclature of 987) and has been thoroughly revamped from bumper-to-bumper. Evolution in the eyes of the majority, but it is already as revolutionary as when the Boxster was first launched.
Take a second look and the details will slowly sink in. A longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs change the Boxter’s overall outline, while the shoulder line is now more visible courtesy of a deeper indentation along the doors that leads to the rear side air intakes. From the side profile, it's easy to see that the Carrera GT was the inspiration for these changes.
Ok, perhaps it's not exactly 10,000, but with the least capable vehicle available for testing producing almost three times more than your typical subcompact, while the most powerful easily over 500, to it's easy be lulled into thinking that the day's selection had a total power output was within that region... or a bit more. In fact, the experience could undoubtedly be the automotive equivalent of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's “The Greatest Show on Earth.” This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Porsche World Roadshow = a day wherein every model in the Porsche catalog are driven in the manner they were designed to be driven, made possible only by Porsche AG and PGA Cars Inc.