Road Tests Real world tests of Cayman S vs Boxster S

0-60mph

Cayman S
5.2 s
Boxster S
6.1 s

Top speed

Cayman S
172 mph
Boxster S
166 mph

0-100mph

Cayman S
13.1 s
Boxster S
11.9 s

1/4 mile

Cayman S
13.7 s
Boxster S
13.4 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Porsche Cayman S

Reasons to consider the
Porsche Cayman S

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Faster top speed 172 mph vs 166 mph 6 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More powerful engine 315 HP @ 7,200 RPM vs 276 HP Around 15% stronger engine
Slightly more torque 273 ft-lb @ 4,750 RPM vs 237 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM More than 15% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Better power-to-weight ratio 9.45 lb/hp vs 10.72 lb/hp More than 10% better power-to-weight ratio
Side view of Porsche Boxster S

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Porsche Boxster S

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Slightly faster to 100mph 11.9 s vs 13.1 s Around 10% faster to 100mph

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Cayman S  vs
Boxster S 
Brand Porsche Porsche
Price 60,995 53,895
Year 2009 2005

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.45 lb/hp 10.72 lb/hp
Maximum hp 315 HP @ 7,200 RPM 276 HP
Maximum torque 273 ft-lb @ 4,750 RPM 237 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,436 cc 3,200 cc
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Cayman S  vs
Boxster S 
Top speed 172 mph 166 mph
1/4 mile 13.7 s 13.4 s
0-60mph 5.2 s 6.1 s
0-100mph 13.1 s 11.9 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,977 lb 2,959 lb
Width 70.9 in 70.9 in
Height 51.3 in 51 in
Length 172.3 in 170.4 in
Wheelbase 95.1 in 96.5 in
Porsche Cayman S
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