It won't be a boxster S. Personally, I'm not all that into more power, our 325 has plenty of power as far as I'm concerned. I am not a drag racer. I have a lot more fun taking cars out on back roads and zipping around and FEELING as much as I can at normal speeds.hts said:If you're not going to have kids for several years and rarely have anyone back there, get the Porsche! (Is it a Boxter S, I hope?).
On a given road, I actually enjoyed my e36 325is more than my roomates e36 M3 because I could safely play somewhere near the limits of my 325 on the road. At the same speeds in the M3, it was boring. I'd have to drive twice as fast, approaching speeds where if I or another driver screwed up somebody might get hurt, to have the same visceral sensations in the M3. I drove a 1999 boxster (2.7) the other day and had a feel similar to the m3 from it. Cruising around back country roads with posted 25mph turns at 50 and 60mph was sedate, not really entertaining. I did like the interior space, and front and rear trunk, the 5-sp was a million times better than in our e46, the engine sound and the overall style of the boxster a lot though. I had more fun driving an e36 328ic, and like the practicality, safety, rigidity and"newness" of the e46 323/325ic, so we'll see. Realistically, a miata would be our best bet from a performance/feel standpoint, but it just isn't practical enough to be my daily driver. We have time to make up our mind, I won't be getting anything new before this winter.
My wife and I do a lot of road trips from Philly to New England, Annapolis, Viginia, and the NJ shore. Half the fun for us is planning some little used road excursions on the way, putting the top down and just enjoying the scenery.