Road Tests Real world tests of Boxster S vs Boxster

0-60mph

Boxster S
6.1 s
Boxster
6.1 s

Top speed

Boxster S
166 mph
Boxster
149 mph

1/4 mile

Boxster S
13.4 s
Boxster
14.7 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Porsche Boxster S

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Faster in the quarter mile 13.4 s vs 14.7 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
Faster top speed 166 mph vs 149 mph 17 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More powerful engine 276 HP vs 201 HP @ 6,000 RPM More than 35% stronger engine
Better power-to-weight ratio 10.72 lb/hp vs 13.71 lb/hp More than 20% better power-to-weight ratio
More torque 237 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM vs 181 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM More than 30% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More expensive sticker price $54k vs $40k 35% more expensive harder to own
Bigger engine 3,200 cc vs 2,480 cc Around 30% bigger engine
Higher redline 7,200 RPM vs 6,600 RPM Around 10% more revs
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Slightly lighter curb weight 2,756 lb vs 2,959 lb More than 5% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Boxster S  vs
Boxster 
Brand Porsche Porsche
Price 53,895 39,980
Year 2005 1997

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 10.72 lb/hp 13.71 lb/hp
Maximum hp 276 HP 201 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 237 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM 181 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM
Max RPM 7,200 RPM 6,600 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,200 cc 2,480 cc
Fuels
Gas
Bore/stroke 3.37 in / 3.07 in 3.37 in / 2.83 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,959 lb 2,756 lb
Width 70.9 in 70 in
Height 51 in 50.8 in
Length 170.4 in 169.9 in
Front track width 58.7 in 57.3 in
Wheelbase 96.5 in 95.1 in

road tests

Boxster S  vs
Boxster 
Top speed 166 mph 149 mph
1/4 mile 13.4 s 14.7 s
0-60mph 6.1 s 6.1 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD Mid Engine / RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 5
Axle ratio 3.87:1 3.89:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 432/? 165 432/? 178
Rear wheels 432/? 203 432/? 216
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