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    Horsepower Q.: Boxster vs. S and Carerra vs. S

    most guys would say the Boxster S should definitely be chosen over the base Boxster because of the HP difference. I agree with this, 260 hp in the 986S is just passable amount to make the car almost a thrill to drive.

    Now I'm just an amateur and it is hard for me to look at engine performance curves and imagine what that's actually gonna feel like from a driver's point of view.

    So I look at all four curves (997, 997s, 986, 986s) and I still have this question:

    Will the HP difference between the two carerras be as significant as between the two Boxsters?

    IOW, some guys definitely regret getting the base Boxster after they eventually drive the S.

    Will the same possibility hold true for 997 vs. 997s owners?

    Or are there other factors which make the cars much closer and less discernable for your everyday (non-track) driver?

    Re: Horsepower Q.: Boxster vs. S and Carerra vs. S

    I can't find the post, but I thought someone said (RC?) that the 997 and 997S felt similiar below 100mph, and that the extra power of the 997S helped acceleration after that.

    In the U. S. of A. 100mph is reckless driving and your license is gone. 180mph is a trip to jail or the medical examiner's office. I think part of the reason is that drivers here do not keep the left lane clear (as I saw when driving in Germany).

     
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