JimInSF 5pts Ok, so I've now driven both the SLK55 and Boxster, and while M-B's behavior on the DISTRONIC package is deceptive IMHO (and hopefully they will change this), the car does have some things to its credit that I don't think are adequately accounted for in the article. First off, the SLK55's chassis is great fun & fine on public roads if you're not driving at the point of traction loss on fairly grippy tires - methinks the authors are really pushing it here trying to describe this as not enough chassis for 99% of the potential customer base. In fact, it's irresponsible & misleading IMHO for them to describe driving on public roads at the limits of traction on "taxing fourth gear sweepers" - so you're expecting people to be sliding the car around at 80mph on public streets? Secondly, the Boxster's engine is ok but needs to be SCREAMED to get decent power comparatively. The AMG's V8 makes fully 50% more torque and would be much more satisfying in traffic as a DD if you don't want to drive around at 7000rpm.