The Porsche Boxster 2013 gets its most comprehensive design overhaul since it arrived in 1996, and the word is lighter, lower, wider, stronger. The aluminum-steel composite body is about 55 lbs lighter. The new base engine is a 2.7-liter flat-six, producing 265 hp, o-60 mph in 5.5 seconds with 6-speed manual transmission, and a top speed of 162 mph. The Boxer S upgrades to a 315 hp 3.4-liter flat-six, with 0-60 in 4.8, and 173 mph top speed. Wheelbase is longer, with a wider track and reduced overhang. Technology includes standard Enhanced Porsche Stability Management (PSM), which constantly monitors speed, yaw velocity and lateral acceleration, and applies selective braking on individual wheels when necessary to restore stability (it can be switched off for an edgier ride). Optional tech includes Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission, Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and a Sport Chrono Package that provide on-demand real-time intelligent assistance in just about every possible driving situation. Inside, Alcantara seats, a large touchscreen-based media and navigation system, 2×25 watt 4-speaker sound system, and many options, including 18-way fully electric adjustable leather seats, Bose Surround Sound, an interior lighting package with dimmable LEDs in the door panels, overhead console and footwells,…the list goes on. The roof is fully electric, cycling open or closed in about 9 seconds at up to 31 mph. Wow. Starting at $49,500.