Yeah, the article is clearly biased towards the spyder.I saw that comparison along with video back in 2000 when I first learned of the MR2 Spyder. I was considering buying a Miata at the time or some sort of sporty roadster and happened to find out that Toyota started producing the MR2 again in the US. It would be 3 years later before I eventually bought one, but I'm definitely glad I did. B)
You'll notice the comparison is quite weighted in favor of the mr2 with what they actually compare. I would still rather own my car than a Boxster though.
Sure, only a tenth of a second quicker, but it was nearly 5 feet less than the spyder. That's a lot.[FONT=Arial, Helvetica]The 2000 Porsche Boxster brakes only a tenth of a second quicker from 70 - 0 mph than the 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder.[/FONT]
What about this test?In the passenger seat dampness test, the Boxster easily bested the lowly Toyota with 4-banger. This non-standard but highly important test involved having a female passenger ride (or merely sit) in each vehicle after looking at the window sticker and front emblems identifying the marque.
Spyder can be compared to older boxster (gen1), the 2.7 and 3.2 boxster s. Both are actually faster off the line than mr2, but on track it's different story.At one time, the spyder had a longer wheelbase than the boxster, and that is a real asset for handling. That may no longer be true, since the boxster was stretched at some point.
Wheelbases remained at 95.2 inches for the 986 and 987, they stretched it to 97.4 inches for the 981.At one time, the spyder had a longer wheelbase than the boxster, and that is a real asset for handling. That may no longer be true, since the boxster was stretched at some point.