Jai, how about a write up and/or comparison after you've had the car for awhile?
I hate to say this in a SLK forum but there is really no comparison.
Design: This car is stunning in person, I flew to Cleveland Ohio to pick it up and drove from Mentor, to Detroit, Chicago, Des Moines and back to Littleton Colorado. From the time I drove off the Audi parking lot. I already have people pointing at my Boxster. I had many people scream, "Nice car!", thumbs up, smiles and waves. In Des Moines, whilst waiting to eat at Outback (Very popular in Iowa), sitting there for 30 minutes, people walked up to it, took pictures, positive comments, had more comments in four days then I did the eight years I owned the SLK.
Comfort: I can't really compared to the R172 but I assume with lumbar support and all that cushion. It's probably comfortable too but compared to my previous SLK. I couldn't drive more than 3 hours w/o a sore and painful back. The 18 way adjustable seats with lumbar support is superb. I drove the entire way, 10 hours with a stop for lunch and gas, so about 5 hours straight w/o feeling sore nor tired.
Transmission: I'm not an automatic transmission type of guy but the PDK is fantastic. Rev match on downshifts, holds gear whilst in turn, upshifts at the right time. Woah! When I read all the reviews I just thought they journalist were just exaggerating. They were not, it's great.
Suspension: I have PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management), I drove through quite a bit of bad roads and it keep the car smooth and quite. When you pressed the Sports button or PASM button, you can feel every pebble on the road. Again woah, good job Porsche.
Handling: No comparison, with it's mid-engine layout and light weight (2,900lbs), it handles on rails, almost telepathic. The SLK handles well but whenever I jump into the Porsche 911, the SLK feels like a luxury sedan. The 981 Boxster is in a different league than my 997 911. It's that good.
Interior: Leather and aluminium everywhere, looks very premium. Buttons everywhere, I prefer buttons over one big knob that you have to twist and turn. Everything is nicely laid out in front of you.
Softtop: This is where the SLK is great, with top up, it's still very quiet and feels like a hardtop but it's still not a hardtop.
Cabin: The SLK has almost no wind in the cabin with the windows up and top down. The Boxster has a lot of wind in the cabin even when windows are up. It was a very cold drive top down in 42 degrees today. With airscrarf and heated seats, I still feel comfortable in 28 degrees in the SLK. I don't think I'll be driving it with top down below 30 degrees.
I can go on and go but I'll stop unless you have specific questions.
Congratulations Jai! Worth the wait to get exactly what you wanted. It is stunning! Have fun with that light colored leather but you can't beat the look when it's clean. I must admit that I'm a tad jealous.
BTW, I know your SLK is here in the Bay Area with your brother. How come we haven't heard from him!?!?!?????
May you Drive her in good health.
Yes Steve, I waited for awhile to find the right one. I had thought about ordering a new Boxster but with options I wanted, it'll be in the mid to high 80's. I just can't fathom putting that much money on a Boxster. I am very fortunate to find this one. Everyone on the Boxster forum told me to stay away, must have a salvage title with a price like that. PPI turned out perfect and I am very happy.
My brother is in San Jose, he doesn't visit forums that much. He drives it top down everyday to work. He looks quite tan last time I saw him. He's very happy with the SLK and said California is a perfect place to own one. He said I have to visit and drive it, at sea level it feels so much faster than it did here at altitude.
Thanks all for the compliments, this is still a great forum and I still visit quite often, just not my first stop on the web anymore.
Here are some more pictures taken with my Note 3, came out surprisingly well.