The Porsche Boxster is a well balanced mid-engined sports car. It now sits just above the 718 Cayman in the model lineup, but was held back as the entry level vehicle for much of its production. The seductive lines of the roadster harken back to the legendary 550 Spyder and the 718 RSK Spyder that followed it.
The Boxster incorporates styling that looks like a Porsche with its arched fenders and low ride. The earliest 986 generation cars had a front end that looked exactly like the 996 generation 911, except for the bumper styling.
The Honda S2000 has a cult following. People who own the cars just enjoy them and most don’t want to ever sell them. The fact that through it’s production run only 66,547 were sent to the United States helps make it a bit more special than most other cars made by Japanese manufacturers.
Finding an affordable Honda S2000 is quite a task. A quick search found that most decent examples cost around $25,000 dollars. If you go for a higher mileage example of an early model prices go down as low as $15,000.
But is there another sports car that is better and costs less?
Both the Lotus Elise and Porsche Boxster offer an incredible driving experience. They each provide a somewhat affordable (or very affordable on the used market) mid-engine performance roadster . But that is where the comparison largely ends. They are both fast and ready for a curvy road, but they use very different methods of accomplishing this.
The Elise truly harkens back to the philosophy set by the British sports car maker’s founder, Colin Chapman, of adding lightness. This is what makes the small Elise great as it provides an excellent power-to-weight ratio even without much horsepower.
The Boxster is on the other end of the spectrum. It is a comparably heavy car, but it offers a more refined drive with much more horsepower. From a power-to-weight ratio it is very close to the Lotus, but in a more livable package.
Let’s take a look at some of the comparable variations of each model and see just how close or far apart they are.
The early Porsche Boxster is possibly the best value that one can get in a sports car today. For around $7,000 you can get a well maintained 986 Boxster with a naturally aspirated flat-six and handling that is out of this world.
Sure there is that little IMS Bearing issue which is a large reason why prices are so low. But the early cars have a double bearing design that is much less prone to failure and you can get a retro fit kit that helps prevent it from causing issues.
The new Porsche Boxster S (981) is a very good driver’s car. The car is everything a sports car should be, it has great feel and is very just plain fun to drive. The performance of the car is so good, that it is very close to the base model new Porsche 911 (991) Carrera. Unfortunately, when optioned well, the price is also very close to the base model Porsche 911 Carrera.
The above video features a full review of the 2013 Porsche Boxster S. The video shows the car on twisty public roads and on a closed course. The video gives you a good idea of just how good the Boxster S is and gives you the pros and the cons of owning what is perhaps the best roadster on sale today.
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