In the 2013 Boxster, Porsche has created a supremely fun, supremely capable sports car. But is it good enough that it has negated the purpose of the 911? To address such a debate, Car and Driver has pitted the iconic 911 against the Boxster S in the latest edition of "Car and Driver: Abroad."

The gestation of the Boxster is essentially encapsulated in the opening line of the video: "People used to say that the Boxster was a poor man's Porsche, an imitation of the iconic 911, but the latest model has really come of age. In fact, it might now be the best sports car in the Porsche range." While that notion has become the topic of much debate, C/D is doing more than pondering as both cars are taken to the limit on the dragstrip and the racetrack.

Which Porsche is faster in a straight line? Which car can more quickly and accurately navigate a racetrack? You're just going to have to watch to find out! Check out the Porsche-centric comparo video below.


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      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      99% of people who bash Boxsters (1) have never driven one and (2) don't actually own a car that competes with (or exceeds) the Boxster's performance.
        Miami996
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard
        I have and I do! A 996 w/ x51 engine so I guess I can bash away on a Boxsters but nah that would be too easy and pointless:)
      Alexandru Mihai
      • 2 Years Ago
      As Clarkson puts it, one day you will pull up to a red light next to a 911 and you will start crying, no matter how good the Boxster is.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alexandru Mihai
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        treeinsc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alexandru Mihai
        Not only 911, Boxster owners cry every time line up with V8 muscles.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @treeinsc
          A Boxster is fun (and quick) in the twisties, and fun (but less quick) in a straight line. A V8 muscle car is obviously fun and very quick in a straight line, but would be less enjoyable when turning left or right, I don't care if it's a 1969 Challenger or a "corner carving" 2013 ZL1. And the V8 muscle car would have an interior and overall build quality about on par with an economy class car, the fuel economy of a pickup truck, and not much interior room considering how big they are. If I'm in a Boxster and you pull up in a Mustang, even a very good Mustang that would blow me away in a straight line and keep up on wide, completely flat, billiard table smooth corners, at the end of the day, I have the better car, and it's a freaking Porsche.
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alexandru Mihai
        It depends on whether you get the car to impress others, or to drive it. Most people can't push a 911 hard anyway , because of that, there are many who prefer a Boxster and they have more fun with it.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alexandru Mihai
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          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          You mean *that* 911, or any 911? Because I'll pull up in a Turbo S and no stock or modded Mustang would beat me from a dig with anything but full on drag slicks.
          sparrk
          • 2 Years Ago
          the 911 owner already won , he can afford a 911.
      a.romeo2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really admire Porsche for their engineering master class. Every model is a sports car pinnacle in it's class. Even with much less horsepower they manage to outrun it's competition. As pathetic as it sounds, a 911 S 400 horsepower isn't considered a lot today, with even family sedans easily surpassing the 500hp mark. Looking forward to the the cayman. Hope they'll keep that sexy curve over the back wheel arches.
      trzjax
      • 2 Years Ago
      The all-new 2013 Cayman is set to debut in a month or two at LA auto show.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would gladly take the Boxster S instead of the Carrera Cabriolet, and pocket the $33k difference.
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Did you actually check the Porsche configurator to confirm the $33k difference? In the video it was a Boxster S with PTV Plus, Sport Chrono Package, Race Yellow paint, and those were just the obvious visual options, if it had power seats, heated seats, PCM with Nav, etc, etc could be easily over $70k, or even $80k.
          MONTEGOD7SS
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jason
          No, base to base, which is the only way to really compare. Yes, the one in video had options, but it's a drivers race regardless. Also, notice the car in the video isn't a Cabriolet, when it should have been to compete with the Boxster.
      Green Machine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wouldn't a Cayman R have been a better choice to compare? It's still cheaper then a base 911.
      Rr778
      • 2 Years Ago
      I cannot believe the journalist listed mid engine as a disadvantage in handling!?!?!
      Rob Gomes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Twice the Boxster S squeaked out the 911 in the drag race. Barely, but it did. Odds are a PDK-equipped Boxster S would've matched it consistently or eked out wins, because it eliminates the chance of a sub-par launch from the driver. Initially I was a bit more surprised with the track test results, but the 911's traction advantage is non-trivial after all. The 911 has a wider rear-section width as well (with the Carrera S, GT3s, etc. having massive rear tires). Here's the one I'm looking forward to seeing: Boxster Spyder (probably out in 2014) versus Carrera S Coupe. The previous Spyder had 80kg hacked off -- if they repeat that, even a PDK-equipped Spyder would be under 2800 pounds, with manual models in the low 2700s. The slight power bump with the lower weight would have a comparable P/W ratio to the Carrera S and make it an interesting fight.
      thenewrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool video. I'm really digging both cars! Love the light boxer cars!
      PiCASSO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems like the Boxster S beat the 911 a few times. At 11:49 time: Boxster S: 13.271@ 107.52 911: 13.444 @ 109.49 At 11:57 time: Boxster S: 13.105@ 108.29 911: 13.211 @ 109.76
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can we pass a law banning ugly cars like Porsches and Mini Coopers.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        elloellell
        • 2 Years Ago
        A 996 Carrera S huh? That really must have been one of a kind huh?
          prince_david
          • 2 Years Ago
          @elloellell
          Leave him alone, he has a true passion for cats.
          Rob J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @elloellell
          I too, have a passion for cats.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @elloellell
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