Handling, braking, engine note, surprising practicality, easy top operation.
Rear visibility, narrow seats, some controls, heavy clutch, price.
Porsche's entry-level roadster was redesigned for 2013, with a longer wheelbase and a wider track. It's tremendous fun to drive and gained more horsepower in both the base 2.7-liter six and the 3.4-liter six in the S. Both versions are offered with a choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automated-manual transmission. The 2.7-liter we tested is very responsive and the manual shifter is smooth and crisp. Handling is still excellent despite some loss of steering feedback and the ride is not punishing. The power top deploys quickly and can be operated at speeds up to 35 mph, and the front and rear trunks are still a bonus.
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