Originally Posted by Arjun
Ed, I'm well versed in Porsche racing history. You forget to mention that Porsche was racing mid-engined cars (908/917/962 etc.) before switching to to the 911 platform in the mid-70s. Don't get me wrong, I have the highest respect for Porsche's racing pedigree, but there's a reason why they used to compete in GT2 not GT1 class - Corvettes murder them in the braking zones, and there were till 2010 no other factory supported GT2 teams apart from Porsche. And if you go back to the glory days of IMSA, it was the 935 power advantage that won races - they were famous for being absolute pigs to drive.
Full disclosure: I'm a huge 911 fan and think the GT3 RS4.0 is probably the best road car made in recent memory, but am honest about the short comings of the platform. I've seen lightly prepped Z06s murder Cup cars on many a braking zone.
I would agree with the before mentioned information. I run with a lot of PCA guys here in Charlotte and I know of only a handful that drive Boxsters, sort of a sigma in my opinion. Most say if it was more powerful the 911 sales would dry up. The S handles like a go kart. It is a bit underpowered for the money in my opinion. It is worth a look and a test drive.
As I can appreciate Porsche engineering and pedigree, I have never been a huge fan because they are hard to distinguish from one another. My neighbor drives a 996 and she barely knows what it is, she 'just thought it was a cute car". Another buddy of mine had a GT2, a beast and nasty in every way. The car was scary fast and a bit too lethal on the road in the wrong hands (it took me only one joy ride in it with him to realize that)