2010 Porsche Boxster SpyderEnlarge Photo
The 2010 Porsche Boxster is a fun, attractive, and capable roadster-everything you want it to be. There's classic styling--we prefer it even to the 911--and amazing performance. This year's Boxster Spyder model tops the power ladder with 320 horsepower issuing from its 3.4-liter flat six, and since it's nearly 200 pounds lighter, the Spyder zips to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. The Boxster's grown more expensive over the years (remember the original base price below $40K?) but it's only grown more nimble and charming.
Key feature: The new Spyder edition's cool sideview graphics give us a retro tingle, straight out of the days of the 914. It's a good thing there's not much else in common.
2010 Porsche 911 TurboEnlarge Photo
The 2010 Porsche 911 is an icon--as much for its shape, as for its startling performance. Since time immemorial (or was it the Sixties? Who can remember?) the Porsche 911 has been the outline for sports cars. Never better than it is now, the 2010 Porsche 911 once again raises its own bar by dropping in a new Turbo model with faultless handling and explosive boxer power. There may not be a 911 affordable to everyone, but certainly there's a 911 for everyone who can afford it: lucky owners can choose from coupe, Cabriolet, and Targa body styles; turbo and nonturbo flat-six engines; dual-clutch and manual transmissions; and rear- or all-wheel drive. Priced from $79,000 for a coupe to $145,000 for a Turbo Cabriolet, the 911 will never leave you second-guessing about investing instead in real estate or gold.
Key feature: Porsche's PDK dual-clutch transmission is one of the best of its kind, and with the Sport Chrono package, makes for the fastest 911 Cabriolets in history.