So to summarize SLK vs. Boxster. No-brainer. SLK.
Of course, we are on a SLK forum, if I asked this on a Boxster forum, it'll be a Boxster, no-brainer, SLK can't hold a candle to the Boxster, blah, blah.
I really love the looks of that car also, but I can't get past the soft top.
Beautiful car, but I agree with above the soft top would be a turn off
The Porsche is beautiful...no hardtop, no way!
Hardtop was one of my major criteria's when I first purchased the SLK, Porsche will never do that as it adds another 400lbs to the car. The Boxster weighs less than 3,000lbs w/o all the options. I agree hardtop looks a lot better but with my SLK, I usually drive top down so it probably doesn't matter as the top will probably be down most of the time if I get a Boxster.
Setting that aside, I do prefer the looks of the Porsche. The SLK seems handling a bit too comfortable for a sports car. A perfect illustration of this is my boss who swapped from SLK to a Porsche, then back again when he found the Porsche too direct and harsh for routine journeys. It wasn't helped by living on a cobbled street, but he admits it was perfect for the occasional fun drive.
Anyway you've got a 911, so why not have the SLK to give you a comfy alternative? Its important to have a varied diet!
Yes, me too, the more I see it the more I prefer it to the SLK, I can only think of one thing that wins on the SLK, which is the hardtop. The handling, the interior, newer gadgets, seats, comfort (until you press the sports button), the Boxster wins in every category, thought of another one. The airscarf is cool, wished all brands have this. Yes, the variety is a 500hp turbo monster (911) and a light weight roasta (Boxster)
What he said!
I'm only 6'1"+, but could never get comfortable in a Boxster or Cayman. I'm prepared to make to make several compromises to be able to sit down comfortably for a few hours. My SLK isn't quite as comfortable as my dear departed 928S4, but those things are becoming dinosaurs now. You've got the 911 for SOTP driving...
Not concerned about head room as I am at an avg height so most cars seems like they are custom build for me.
. My SLK isn't comfortable at all, it lacks lumbar support. I can't find a position where I can get comfortable. Porsche's have great comfortable and sporty looking seats. Even their Carbon Fiber racing seats are more comfortable than the SLK's, it's basically a thin piece of cloth wrapped in CF.
Thanks for everyone's opinions!