With its redesign, the Porsche Boxster S has finally moved out of the shadow of its big brother, the 911, to forge its own identity as a sublimely balanced droptop corner carver. People who don't know cars may mistake Porsche's lowest-price sportscar for an exotic: With aggressive side intakes and a low, raked windscreen, it assumes a fresh look that comes across as something of a junior supercar. And when you think about the stats – mid-engine, flat-6, 0-60 in less than 5 seconds – you realize that it actually kind of is. Practical bonus: Its mid-engine layout affords trunks both front and rear. Stash a weekend bag in one and your track helmet in the other. [from $60,900; porsche.com]
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