Road Tests Real world tests of Boxster Spyder vs 911 Carrera 4S Coupé

Top speed

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Porsche Boxster Spyder

Reasons to consider the
Porsche Boxster Spyder

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Lighter curb weight 2,805 lb vs 3,186 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Front view of Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé

Reasons to consider the
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé

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Faster top speed 185 mph vs 164 mph 21 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Way more expensive sticker price $106k vs $61k Around 75% more expensive harder to own
Faster to 60mph 3.7 s vs 4.4 s More than 15% faster to 60mph
Faster in the quarter mile 12 s vs 12.7 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
More powerful engine 400 HP @ 7,400 RPM vs 315 HP More than 25% stronger engine
More torque 325 ft-lb @ 5,600 RPM vs 274 ft-lb Around 20% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Slightly better power-to-weight ratio 7.96 lb/hp vs 8.9 lb/hp More than 10% better power-to-weight ratio

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Boxster Spyder  vs
911 Carrera 4S Coupé 
Brand Porsche Porsche
Price 61,200 105,630
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 2012

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.9 lb/hp 7.96 lb/hp
Maximum hp 315 HP 400 HP @ 7,400 RPM
Maximum torque 274 ft-lb 325 ft-lb @ 5,600 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,400 cc 3,800 cc
Fuels
Gas

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,805 lb 3,186 lb

road tests

Boxster Spyder  vs
911 Carrera 4S Coupé 
Top speed 164 mph 185 mph
1/4 mile 12.7 s 12 s
0-60mph 4.4 s 3.7 s

transmission

Drivetrain Rear wheel drive AWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 7

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Porsche Boxster Spyder
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Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé
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