Poll: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider or Porsche Boxster?

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Poll: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider or Porsche Boxster?

Who wants an exotic, open-air European sports car? “Who doesn’t?” is probably a better question. This week we compare the sultry Alfa Romeo 4C to the ever-lovable Porsche Boxster.

Which of these mean machines would YOU rather own? These two cars have as many similarities as they do differences, so let’s explore…

The Alfa is built around a handcrafted, carbon-fiber, monocoque structure. Let that soak in for a moment. This is Ferrari-caliber technology in a vehicle that costs tens of thousands of dollars less.

This platform graces the 4C with incredible rigidity; perhaps only a solid block of granite is stiffer. This gives the car tremendous handling and rapid acceleration thanks to its trim weight.

A mid-mounted 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides 237 horsepower along with 258 lb-ft of torque. This little dynamo is matched to a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, the only gearbox offered. All told, this drivetrain combination can catapult the 4C to 60 miles an hour in as little as 4.1 seconds.

In comparison, Porsche’s new 718-series Boxster is motivated by a turbocharged flat-four engine. Displacing 2.0-liters, it delivers a stout 300 ponies and 280 lb-ft of twist.

When equipped with the optional PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission the Boxster can hit 60 miles an hour in a claimed 4.5 seconds. To beat the 4C in a drag race like this you need to step up to the Boxster S, which features a 350-horse stable. A six-speed manual transmission is standard in every version of this car.

When it comes to monetary concerns, the Alfa Romeo in this toss-up starts at right around $66,000; the Porsche is a good bit cheaper, kicking off at about 57 large, though it lacks a carbon-fiber structure, which no doubt adds to the 4C’s price tag.

If you need more information about these two cars, please compare them here and don’t forget to vote in the poll below.

  • Greg Senter

    I would take the Lotus over both.

  • Craig Jacobs

    Having seen both up close and personal, and having read all the reviews, this is simple: Boxster. By a large margin.

  • nauticalone

    Porsche for me!

  • Jonathan Clarke

    Alfa 4C for me. That thing is just beautiful.

  • Dru Ultrason

    You obviously have a thing for fridges then.

  • timothyhood

    The mind says Boxster, but the heart says Alfa. The heart wins because of the carbon fiber and exclusivity. Oh, and lightness. The 6-cyl Porsche might have had a chance to tip the scales in it’s favor.

  • Craig Jacobs

    No. I have a thing for cars that actually handle properly on regular roads.

  • Dru Ultrason

    Haha. You talk as if you have already driven the Giulia. Not only do you drive cars with the personality of a fridge you have the brain of one too.

  • Craig Jacobs

    So, I take it that you are all about the looks and not about the actual driving experience. Are you 12?

  • TokyoJones

    As a 4c owner, I voted with my wallet as well as my, er, mouse.

    It’s significantly faster ’round the ‘ring than a Boxster S, and the Cayman S managed to equal its time with ceramic brakes and Walter F’n Röhrl behind the wheel. It’s lightness gives it a quality that can never quite be matched by the Porsche’s admittedly great (ie, neutral) handling, and a 25% bump in power is only about $1500 away.

    The consistency with which the car has been criticized in some automotive media is more revealing of the media than the 4c. Its tramlining issue is greatly exaggerated, in my experience, and i pay FIAT prices at the dealer, not Porsche. My first service was about half the price of the Service I on my Z4 M Coupe.

    Yup, I’m a fan. But then, unlike a lot of youtube reviewers, I drive mine a lot. Every day, in fact.

  • TokyoJones

    Having driven one for about 18 months now, it’s simple for me too: the reviews are largely bunk. Not just exaggerations here and there, mind you, but complete howlers. So much so that my opinion of automotive media – including my favorite “star”, Chris Harris – has been revised downward.

    But then, that’s just my experience.

  • Dru Ultrason

    No Mr personality of a fridge.
    Have driven both.
    For a pure adrenaline rush driving experience the Alfa wins hands down.
    Enjoy choosing the things in life based around journalistic reviews.

  • Craig Jacobs

    Are you 12?

  • Dru Ultrason

    No. Do you live a dull life?

  • CAL

    I will take the Alfa anyday! Alfas have fire and passion! The German cars feel too cold and clinical. Most of the press is biased to the German cars and I take the reviews with a lot of salt. I love the 4C, but I will buy the Giulia when it hits here as I need the extra seats.

  • TokyoJones

    How many advertising dollars come to the automotive presses from Germany, in comparison to Italy?

    One particularly clear example was when Chris Harris complained about the 4c for having macpherson struts out back, but made no mention of the fact that the Cayman has it at all four corners. Somehow a superior suspension mechanism for the 4c was transformed into a complaint about it. But then he didn’t mention that Porsche paid him to blog for several years, either.

  • Craig Jacobs

    No, I just choose performance and engineering over looks. Nothing dull about a road with 50 hairpin turns and a Boxster.

  • Dru Ultrason

    Haha performance and engineering.
    Enjoy your white goods.

  • Craig Jacobs

    Enjoy riding a bike while your Fiat is in the shop…

  • Dru Ultrason

    I do enjoy riding a bike when my Italian weapon is in for service – F4 MV AUGUSTA!
    I Enjoy Italian food, Italian wine, Italian arts and culture, and I’m bloody English!

    Until then Mr personality of a fridge,
    Enjoy your white goods.

  • Michael Random

    Dru Ultrason you are a jerk. In plain English. The guy can have an opinion.