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The Boxter won this one

thought i share what i was reading yesterday..... Sad 2 say the new Boxter won....




Roadster Roundup: Porsche Boxster S vs. Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG vs. BMW Z4 sDrive35is - Automobile Magazine
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... didn't they say the SLK 55AMG came in 2nd though?
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911 @ porsche world say new boxster would make you think twice about ordering a new 911. must be some car


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I read the article with great interest. Thanks for posting the link.

Bottom line, if I was heartily into track racing (running), serious auto crossing, Bondurant driving school, etc, I think I would definitely opt for the Boxster....

However, regardless of their opinion of retractable hard tops, I DID opt for the SLK for every day driving, touring, sex-appeal (???), and all around fun. PLUS, I dont have a Porsche dealer here!

Even though it has a lot going for it and there is a BMW dealer here, the Z4 was never in my sights even with the retractable hard top.

As usual, my opinion and $4 will get you a Starbucks

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... ever since I drove the ML350 I never really looked at other car manufacturers for cars... didn't even visit the dealer to do a test drive! I just compared options, looks, and performance on the different websites (specifically Mercedes, Audi, BMW)... and decided the SLK was the one for me.

It's interesting to note that my friend who I've known for over 16 years reminded me that when I first moved here to California and totaled my CR-X, I dragged her to the Mercedes dealership. She told me I looked at the SLK. Talk about coming full circle!
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Different strokes for different folks....

You want a V8, the answer is easy, SLK all the way;
Want a proper folding roof, toss a coin between the beamer and the merc;
Want sharpest handling and can live with a rag-top, Boxster please.

It just shows that there is no such thing as the 'best' car. It's all opinion. I honestly don't know which I would choose out of those three. I'm still not a huge fan of the new SLK styling and having auto instead of a proper gearbox means I don't really hanker after a 55 AMG. The Boxster is rag-top, don't like that. The Beamer cabin is too claustrophobic to me, though I do like the styling.

All that said, I'm sure I'd be happy with any of the three. They all go off the line like a scalded cat; and while the SLK may have compromised handling due the big V8 over the front wheels, a big V8 is a big V8 and sounds like one too
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I've driven V8s a lot - haven't driven a 4 valve turbo before though! it sounds kinda cool - has sort of a growl when I really get on the accelerator and shift through the gears.
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