Here’s the scenario.
You have a long weekend away planned, with lots of miles to cover. You're off to do a track day, and you have a choice of taking either a Porsche Turbo S or 718 Boxster.
Do you choose a shatteringly quick, all-wheel drive everyday supercar with a PDK automatic gearbox, or a mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive convertible with three pedals and a stick between the seats?
I’ve recently covered some serious miles in both while following Le Mans-winning driver Nick Tandy as he tackled two 24 hour endurance races in the space of a month.
First, I took the Turbo S to the Nürburgring and back. It is staggeringly capable. The acceleration is addictive (0-62mph in 2.9sec), it has a deliciously deep exhaust note, and it couldn’t have been more at home slamming along on the Autobahn.
Not to mention, and whisper it, at the risk of sounding boring, it’s surprisingly practical. I dragged our videographer James Holloway on the trip and the boot swallowed all our luggage and his equipment, with no sweat. Just don’t make any adults sit in the back for too long.
Yet, for all its brutal pace and ability, there’s something slightly detached about the driving experience. That’s not to say it isn’t utterly magnificent in most respects, but it’s almost too easy, in part due to its grippy all-wheel drive system.