Road Tests Real world tests of Impreza WRX vs Boxster

0-60mph

Impreza WRX
4.6 s
Boxster
6.1 s

Top speed

Impreza WRX
142 mph
Boxster
149 mph

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Subaru Impreza WRX

Reasons to consider the
Subaru Impreza WRX

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A lot faster to 60mph 4.6 s vs 6.1 s Around 25% faster to 60mph
Slightly more torque 216 ft-lb @ 3,600 RPM vs 181 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM Around 20% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Higher redline 7,000 RPM vs 6,600 RPM More than 5% more revs
Front view of Porsche Boxster

Reasons to consider the
Porsche Boxster

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More expensive sticker price $40k vs $21k More than 90% more expensive harder to own
Faster top speed 149 mph vs 142 mph 7 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Lighter curb weight 2,756 lb vs 3,234 lb Around 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Better power-to-weight ratio 13.71 lb/hp vs 15.04 lb/hp Around 10% better power-to-weight ratio
Slightly bigger engine 2,480 cc vs 2,000 cc Around 25% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Impreza WRX  vs
Boxster 
Brand Subaru Porsche
Price 21,084 39,980
Year 2001 1997

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 15.04 lb/hp 13.71 lb/hp
Maximum hp 215 HP @ 5,600 RPM 201 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 216 ft-lb @ 3,600 RPM 181 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 6,600 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 2,000 cc 2,480 cc
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9:1 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.62 in / 2.95 in 3.37 in / 2.83 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Impreza WRX  vs
Boxster 
Top speed 142 mph 149 mph
0-60mph 4.6 s 6.1 s

transmission

Drivetrain Front Engine / 4WD Mid Engine / RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 5
Axle ratio 4.11:1 3.89:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 406/? 178 432/? 178
Rear wheels 406/? 178 432/? 216

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,234 lb 2,756 lb
Width 68.1 in 70 in
Height 56.5 in 50.8 in
Length 173.4 in 169.9 in
Front track width 58.5 in 57.3 in
Wheelbase 99.4 in 95.1 in
Subaru Impreza WRX
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