Compare 2012 BMW Z4 vs 2012 Porsche Boxster

2012 BMW Z4
2012 Porsche Boxster
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2-Door Roadster sDrive28i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster sDrive28i 23 34 $44,760 $48,650
2-Door Roadster sDrive35i 19 26 $50,740 $55,150
2-Door Roadster sDrive35is 17 24 $59,065 $64,200
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2-Door Roadster
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 19 27 $43,110 $48,100
2-Door Roadster S 19 26 $52,560 $58,600
2-Door Roadster Spyder 19 26 $55,440 $61,800
2-Door Roadster S Black Edition 19 26 $58,500 $65,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$44,760
$43,110
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$48,650
$48,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$811 / month
$802 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
9.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 BMW Z4 is a great option for the driver seeking a balance of fun and comfort, making it a great light tourer, but it can quickly become expensive with added options. Stylish, fun, and capable, the 2012 Porsche Boxster is one of the best roadsters around.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seaters Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 37.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.3 51.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 33.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.5 58.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 5.0
Length, Overall (in)
167.0 172.1
Height, Overall (in)
50.8 50.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
98.3 95.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 70.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.9/6.4 9.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.8 11.8 x 0.8
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 0.9 12.5 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 16.9
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.4 17.1-13.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 36.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R17 P235/50ZR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P205/55ZR17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3307 2943
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas Flat-6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 1250 - 4800 214 @ 4400-6000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.9L/177
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 5000 255 @ 6400
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 19
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.35 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.05
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA 480
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.08 3.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.13
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.68 3.67
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - 9.4
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.40
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Convertible Convertible
Vehicle Name
BMW Z4 Porsche Boxster
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 5

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