Since acquiring the MX5 a short time back we have had a number of friends visit and stay over. Out of 4 couples 3 are now actively looking for a soft top for summer! All liked the MX5 , found it easy to drive and found it took them back to their youth (damn good memories some people have) One is looking for an equivalent MX5, the others are undecided but I think an Alfa Spider in red is looking to be favourite for one because " they just look gorgeous", for the other couple, well they loved the Mazda but thought it needed more power so are looking at a Z4 or Boxster.I think the Mazda has a perfect amount of power to weight and the balance is so much better than an Alfa or the others but each to their own. I have to say that the Boxster has never been a car I wished to own although having driven two I can appreciate the engineering and handling, what I would not want are the potentially large expenses that can come in later years. The Z4 whilst well made and competent does feel a little "detached" and a little too civilisied although the 3 litre is certainly a lot of fun. As a matter of interest, if you had to choose one of these which would it be? My ideal would be the looks/ body of the Spider and the engineering and build of the Mazda but with rear wheel drive!