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Old 08-18-2012, 05:30 AM   #1
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Boxster Shootout

Did anyone else see the Boxster Shootout in GRM magazine:


October 2012 Issue: Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

They compared a 986S, 987S, and 981S side by side in a brief road test, then running at Barber Motorsports Park.

I was a bit disappointed that the 986 came up with much slower lap times than the 987. The 987 and 981 were a bit closer, but of course the 981 was faster.

The suspension geometry on a 986 and 987 are the same. The 987 has a bit more power, but some more weight also, so I think there must have been other variables at play. They didn't discuss tires in this article, so I'm thinking that was the wild card.

At any rate, they concluded that all Boxsters are a great value right now, which I believe is why we are all here.
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The 986 is old world technology, at least comparatively.
It's still great fun and great value ..... until the inevitable hiccup.
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The 986 is old world technology, at least comparatively.
It's still great fun and great value ..... until the inevitable hiccup.
I don't see this at all. The 987 is mostly cosmetic changes to the 986, with exactly the same suspension design and components. The only significant technical change was in 2009 with the much more powerful DFI engine.

Looking back over the GRM article, the 987S that they tested was a 2011 version, so it did have about 65 Hp advantage over the 986S. They still should have done something to equalize tires.
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The object of the game is to sell 981's at PCNA's home track with plenty of PCNA paid instructors to setup the test drives. Do you think they would spend all that money & not end up with the desired results?
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The object of the game is to sell 981's at PCNA's home track with plenty of PCNA paid instructors to setup the test drives. Do you think they would spend all that money & not end up with the desired results?
Eggzactly! I noticed the spyder was conspicuously missing in the comparison.
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