As supercar and sports car fans, it is hard not to love the Porsche 718 Boxster and the Lotus Elise. While us car guys drool over Pagani and Koenigsegg machines, the reality is that very few of us will ever be able to afford such amazingly rare (and stupidly-expensive) beasts.
The Porsche Boxster and Lotus Elise are definitely in the realm of possibility, the perfect sports cars for the car guys with regular money then. They aren’t sports-car light either. They are light, they are fun, have solid performance and are usable on regular roads. A car buyer needs no more.
Porsche’s Boxster S fitted with a new four cylinder engine is stiff competition for Lotus’ hardcore Elise Cup 250, but can it hold its own? That is the question the guys at Autocar try to answer when they tested Lotus’ and Porsche’s latest range-topping versions against each other: the Porsche 718 Boxster S takes on the Lotus Elise Cup 250 on some of Britain’s greatest roads.
Will their review show that the Lotus Elise has the lightweight charm and interaction to see off its German rival? Or will the Porsche 718 Boxster, which now has a four-cylinder turbocharged engine, impress with its extra power and superior refinement?