Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - AUTOS -

TYPE OF VE­HI­CLE: Rear-wheel-drive, mid-en­gine road­ster EN­GINE: 3.8-L DOHC boxer six-cylin­der POWER: 375 hp at 6,700 r.p.m., 309 lb-ft of torque at 4,750

r.p.m. TRANS­MIS­SION: Six-speed man­ual BRAKES: Four-wheel vented disc with ABS TIRES: P235/35ZR20 front, P265/35ZR20 rear PRICE: $93,700 base/$98,970 as tested NAT­U­RAL RE­SOURCES CANADA FUEL ECON­OMY (L/100 KM): 13.1 city, 9.9 high­way

OVER­VIEW: Min­i­mal­ist light­weight sports car PROS: Ex­plo­sive power, fan­tas­tic han­dling, fab­u­lous brakes, looks wicked CONS: Ex­pen­sive, lacks es­sen­tial fea­tures, harsh ride VALUE FOR MONEY: Av­er­age

WHAT I WOULD CHANGE: Blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing and a backup cam­era are a must

HOW I WOULD SPEC IT: Boxster S (al­most as fast, much more com­fort­able, power top, $72,900)

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