BMW Z4 vs Porsche Boxster: the battle of the roadster titans
Although we mainly focus on BMW vehicles here, today we’ve decided to do things a little differently. Instead of just focusing on BMW, we’re going to have some fun. It’s time for two fantastic roadsters to face against each other in a battle to see which one is the roadster champion.
Let’s start with the BMW Z4. First introduced in 2002 in the form of the E85, the vehicle not only looked great but it was also powerful. It was designed by Andres Warming who’s responsible for a number of other BMW’s and remained in production until 2008.
During the 2009 model year, the second generation of the Z4 was launched. The E89 featured numerous styling changes and its performance has improved. It included a 2.0-lite, 4-cylinder powerplant with twin-scroll turbo, which made it very powerful. Perhaps not, the most extravagant of cars, the Z4 is a great example of a high performance luxurious vehicle that handles great and looks fantastic.
Porsche Boxster was launched in 1996, meaning it’s been around a little longer than the Z4. First available as the 986, the vehicle sported Porsche’s familiar styling that we’re all familiar with however it had a modern twist to it, which is what made it stand out. The 986 originally included a 2.5-litre, 150 kW (204 PS; 201 hp) engine capable of reaching a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h). The 986 remained in production until 2004 when it was discontinued and replaced with the 987.
Introduced in 2004, the Porsche Boxster 987 remained rather similar to the 986. Styling-wise not much has changed apart from the obvious change to the headlights, which resembled the one featured on the Carrera GT. It remained in production until 2012.
The Porsche Boxster 981 was introduced in 2012. The third generation Boxster got a complete redesign and it borrowed heavily from the 911 and 918. Although it still resembled the original Boxster, the new vehicle looked much more modern. It was the most powerful Boxster yet, with the 2015 model capable of reaching a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). Unfortunately the 981 marked the end of the Boxster, which will be discontinued in 2016.
Now that we know a little about both cars, let’s see which one’s a better roadster. When it comes to the styling, both vehicles have their own strengths. Although the Z4 looks great, we have to give it to the Boxster. It’s simply a little more unique and because it sports the familiar Porsche look, it feels a little more fun.
Performance-wise both vehicles are rather powerful. Both handle great and are fun to drive, which makes it hard to pick just one. Perhaps the Boxster is a little more powerful however the Z4, isn’t too far behind so let’s just say it’s a tie.
Overall, both the Z4 and the Boxster are fantastic cars that have their own unique strengths. It would be too hard to pick a winner, so let’s not.
Depending on what your needs are and what you are looking to get out of your car, you’ll definitely be satisfied with both vehicles.