In Reply to: M Roadster handling vs comparable cars posted by Ryan on June 09, 1999 at 20:54:37:
Bet that got some attention:)
I understand that the Boxter handles slightly better. I don't know this first hand because I've never had the opportunity to push a Boxter to its limits.
However, the Boxter has really gotten a bad rap on relability. All the car mags have reported poor relability. Even the messages from Boxter owners on their MB seem to back this up.
My first impression was that the MZ3 felt a little 'twitchy'. This comes from the combination of a short wheelbase, light weight and lots of power. As you spend more time in it, that feeling goes away. After 2k, it feels just about perfect. I'm sure my driving ability doesn't match the potential of the car.
Disable the ASC and it will oversteer at will. However, MZ3 oversteer is much more forgiving than that of an older 911. It is actually easy to control and fun to do.
Understeer is minimal and braking is excellent. My only criticism is that in order to drive the car hard, you MUST disable the ASC and that introduces the oversteer potential.
Overall impression, the MZ3 may not be quite as refined as the others but it has the best performance/price value of the three. I actually came closer to purchasing a C5 than I did a Boxter or SLK.
All three of the cars you mention handle very well. I'm sure any differences have more to do with the drivers. When you consider factors such as acceleration, styling, price, the MZ3 is a very good decision.