Road Tests Real world tests of Boxster S vs Camaro SS

0-60mph

Top speed

Boxster S
166 mph
Camaro SS Coupe
155 mph

0-100mph

Boxster S
11.9 s

1/4 mile

Boxster S
13.4 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Porsche Boxster S

Reasons to consider the
Porsche Boxster S

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Faster top speed 166 mph vs 155 mph 11 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More expensive sticker price $54k vs $30k 80% more expensive harder to own
Lighter curb weight 2,959 lb vs 3,860 lb Around 25% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Higher redline 7,200 RPM vs 6,600 RPM Around 10% more revs
Front view of Chevrolet Camaro SS

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Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe

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Faster to 60mph 4.7 s vs 6.1 s Around 25% faster to 60mph
Significantly more torque 420 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM vs 237 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM More than 75% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Way more more powerful engine 426 HP @ 5,900 RPM vs 276 HP Around 55% stronger engine
Much bigger engine 6,162 cc vs 3,200 cc Around 95% bigger engine
Better power-to-weight ratio 9.06 lb/hp vs 10.72 lb/hp More than 15% better power-to-weight ratio

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Boxster S  vs
Camaro SS 
Brand Porsche Chevrolet
Price 53,895 30,245
Year 2005 2009

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 10.72 lb/hp 9.06 lb/hp
Maximum hp 276 HP 426 HP @ 5,900 RPM
Maximum torque 237 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM 420 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM
Max RPM 7,200 RPM 6,600 RPM
Engine placement Mid Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,200 cc 6,162 cc
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Bore/stroke 3.37 in / 3.07 in 103 in / 0 in
Valves per cylinder 4 2

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,959 lb 3,860 lb
Width 70.9 in 75.5 in
Height 51 in 54.2 in
Length 170.4 in 190.4 in
Front track width 58.7 in 63.7 in
Wheelbase 96.5 in 112.3 in

road tests

Boxster S  vs
Camaro SS 
Top speed 166 mph 155 mph
1/4 mile 13.4 s 13.1 s
0-60mph 6.1 s 4.7 s
0-100mph 11.9 s 10.7 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Axle ratio 3.87:1 3.45:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Rear brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Front wheels 432/? 165 508/? 203
Rear wheels 432/? 203 508/? 229
Porsche Boxster S
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Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe
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