987.2 Performance Bargain?

At the Lake House

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Strange things happen in the used sports car market. Cars which originally were built and sold for wildly different purposes are smashed into the same price range and get cross shopped. It is hard to imagine anyone looking at a Jaguar XK and a Honda S2000 in 2007 and having a hard time deciding which one was for them. One was a high priced luxury grand tourer and the other a no frills roadster that only came with a manual. And yet less than 10 years later they are priced nearly the same.

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So the question: is a 987 actually THE bargain right now? Below I have a table similar to one I made at the very start of my search. A bunch of used sports cars all in upper twenty grand price range sorted roughly by how much performance your dollar will buy you. If all you care about is bang for your buck then a 987 is fairly middle of the pack. In terms of Horsepower per Ton per Grand the Corvette is the champ. Even using the exact same price for them all does not change the rankings. (I know this is not how power-to-weight is normally presented but I like it when bigger numbers are better).

Car

HP

Tons

Price $K

HP/Tons

(HP/Tons)/$K

Corvette C6

400

1.59

$28

250

8.9

Mustang GT500

475

1.96

$28

242

8.7

Z4 M

330

1.59

$24

206

8.6

Caymen S 987.1

295

1.47

$27

200

7.4

Boxster 987.2 (mine!)

255

1.47

$27

173

6.4

S2000

237

1.43

$26

166

6.4

Jaguar XK

300

1.83

$26

163

6.3

Just about the only thing these cars have in common is rear wheel drive and being offered with leather seats and a convertible roof. There is no real reason to cross shop most of them other than wanting to “know where you stand”. So what would make the 987 a performance bargain? Well obviously power to weight is not everything and there is something to be said for handling. But for me it was how the car made me feel. I cannot claim to have driven all the cars I listed but I know that driving the boxster felt like an event, an experience. Something transformative, not only going fast but doing so with style. And not just being enjoyable blasting down back roads but just driving around town or going out for a date. Also I think it looks damn good.

What car upgrades driving to an event for you?

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