Porsche Boxster S 

  • $54k
  • 2005
  • 276 HP 3.2L
  • 166 mph
With the standard six-speed manual, Porsche conservatively quotes a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 163 mph.
by AutoBlog (Jan, 2009)
The automaker is quick to point out the weight advantage its magnesium-framed roof holds over the competition (faster acceleration, improved braking and a lower center of gravity).
by AutoBlog (Jan, 2009)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Porsche Boxster S

0-60mph

Boxster S
6.1 s
Golf R Golf
9.56 s

Top speed

Boxster S
166 mph
Solstice GXP
141 mph

0-100mph

Boxster S
11.9 s
Nissan 350Z
13.8 s

Top Gear track time

Boxster S
1:28.70
TT 3.2 Quattro
1:32.70
Nissan 350Z
1:31.80

1/4 mile

Boxster S
13.4 s
Golf R Golf
17.1 s

Nurburgring time

Boxster S
8:18.0
Nissan 350Z
8:26.0

Data points Key details of the Porsche Boxster S

Price

Boxster S
$54k

Horsepower

Boxster S
276 HP
Golf R Golf
170 HP

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Powertrain

Larger front brake rotors and a six-speed manual transmission are now standard.
by AutomobileMag (Dec, 2012)
To this delicious stew, Porsche mixes in direct fuel injection for the Boxster S’s 3.4-liter flat-six—essentially a smaller-displacement version of the 911’s 3.6-liter—and the company now offers its new seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission as an option on all Boxsters (a six-speed manual is standard on the S and replaces a five-speed unit as standard on the base car).
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2008)
Within the PDK's all-aluminum casing is a conventional seven-speed manual with two electronically-controlled clutch packs (there are technically two transmissions within the case, but we don't want to confuse the issue).
by AutoBlog (Jan, 2009)

Performance

With 51 more horsepower, 44 more pound-feet of torque, and an extra gear to stir it all with, we expected the Boxster S to really perform.
by MotorTrend (Nov, 1999)
The expensive brakes aren't grabby at all-they just erase speed right now and remind you every lap that you're braking too early.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2007)
Lest you fear the longer stroke might subdue the Boxster's rev-happy nature, fuhgetaboutit: Redline actually increases by 200 revs, to 7200.
by MotorTrend (Nov, 1999)

Transmission

The clutch lover's pick is a new, closer-ratio six-speed manual that starts off with a lower (numerically higher) first gear.
by MotorTrend (Nov, 1999)
Three modes are standard: automatic, manual, and sport.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2008)
Porsche also makes the Tiptronic five-speed automatic available.
by MotorTrend (Feb, 2000)

Handling

Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM, $1990) tuning still straddles the base suspension offering softer "normal" or sharper "sport" damping.
by MotorTrend (Jan, 2009)
If you’re in the slightly unlikely position of looking for a Boxster S for regular track-work then the Sport suspension kit is definitely worth considering.
by EVO (Aug, 2012)
The S adds a central nose air intake feeding an extra radiator, red-painted brake calipers, bigger rotors, wheels and tires, a larger engine, a sixth gear, a convertible-top headliner, an alarm system, one more exhaust tip and one less steering-wheel spoke.
by MotorTrend (Feb, 2000)

Manual

Porsche claims the S is a full second faster to 60 mph than the standard Boxster; they say 0-62 (100 kph) comes up in 5.9 seconds.
by MotorTrend (Nov, 1999)
Dual-clutch this and high-tech direct-injected that aside, the best thing about the Boxster has always been how tremendously rewarding it is to drive, a car that engages all your limbs and senses.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2008)
Shifts are quick and smooth, with the dual-clutch setup facilitating no interruption of power delivery to the rear wheels.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Porsche
Price $53,895
Year 2005

power & handling

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

engine

Displacement 3,200 cc
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Bore/stroke 3.37 in / 3.07 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,959 lb
Width 70.9 in
Height 51 in
Length 170.4 in
Front track width 58.7 in
Wheelbase 96.5 in

road tests

Top speed 166 mph
1/4 mile 13.4 s
0-60mph 6.1 s
0-100mph 11.9 s
0-200kph 18.9 s
Top gear time 1:28.70
20.6km nurburgring time 8:18.0
Tsukuba circuit time 1:06.40
Hockenheim short lap time 1:15.70
Drag coefficient 0.29

transmission

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

suspension, wheels & brakes

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