At first glance, pitting the Porsche Boxster Spyder against the Audi R8 Spyder is a bit like throwing a trout in a five-gallon bucket with a piranha. After all, the big Audi boasts over 100 horsepower more than the baby Porsche. Throw in the fact that the R8 puts its power to the ground through all four wheels while the Boxster Spyder is left to manage with just two, and the fight looks even more bleak for Stuttgart's finest. Still, the Audi R8 Spyder isn't a lightweight by any stretch of the imagination. The vehicle needs all 430 horsepower from its 4.2-liter V8 to move the sports car's 3,858 pounds around the track.

The Porsche Boxster Spyder, meanwhile, weighs in at over 1,000 pounds lighter. That 100 horsepower gap doesn't seem so big now, does it? EVO Magazine recently took the time to put the two vehicles to the test and worked up a quick video of their exploits. Who came out on top? You'll just have to hit the jump to find out for yourself.

UPDATE: EVO's embed code is busted, so click through to watch the video.


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      ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
      • 2 Years Ago
      A better comparison would be the new 911 Cabriolet S vs the Audi R8. About the same price point and this time the Porsche would have things like AC, power seats, etc. Although the R8 in coupe form has so much sexiness that no amount of Porsche track prowess can overcome that.
      Alma V. Hassan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or the video doesn't play? And if it did, would I need a magnifying glass?
        ztensa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alma V. Hassan
        lol, it doesn't play for me either Here's the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im5BSKMd0Ss
        KAG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alma V. Hassan
        Yeah, having the same problem but I got EVO on my Youtube.
      superchan7
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Boxster Spyder is a steal for the exotic appeal it possesses.
      gatoman39
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can watch the video on EVO's youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im5BSKMd0Ss
      The Truth
      • 2 Years Ago
      The chicanes can be taken way faster then that. As long as you keep two wheels on the tarmac you could probably cut seconds from those laptimes just by cutting kerbs.
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 2 Years Ago
      what is this, a media player for ants?
      cashsixeight
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd still take the R8. It's performance in panty-dropping is way faster than the entry level porsche.
        waetherman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        With the Boxster Spyder price about half that of e R8, imagine the panty dropping power of buying one as a gift. And any woman worth dating will want to drive one of her own.
          kcroc10077
          • 2 Years Ago
          @waetherman
          Don't know about you but the only woman I'd buy a car for would need to be my wife.
          larshafner
          • 2 Years Ago
          @waetherman
          agreed, i don`t need a wife, i need an R8!
          Jake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @waetherman
          Actually cheaper to just buy a Porsche for some woman you don't like than to get married in the first place. Wish I had done that.
      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      No surprise here. Audi so lame
        Warpstar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        is the Audi R8 more lame than your 97' Corolla? No...
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Definitely take the Porsche....... BD
      rty
      • 2 Years Ago
      R8 is just much more "super".
      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's be clear though: the Boxster Spyder is a much less practical vehicle than the R8. It's an awesome toy for day trips, but not a car you could use for a weekend excursion or as a daily driver. It has no radio, no air conditioning, a small gas tank, manual bucket seats, and its top makes it the least practical car you can buy. Nevertheless, its performance is impressive and it looks sexy as hell.
      Fergal Byrne
      • 2 Years Ago
      They used an iPhone to record the times, seems like there's a pretty big margin for error no?
        akmal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fergal Byrne
        did u see that they used video vbox to capture the timing ?
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