Compare 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs 1997 Porsche Boxster

1997 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
1997 Porsche Boxster
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2-Door Roadster 3.2L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 3.2L 18 24 $69,250 $79,600
2-Door Roadster 5.0L 15 23 $78,210 $89,900
2-Door Roadster 6.0L 13 20 $107,180 $123,200
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2-Door Roadster Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster Manual 19 27 $35,005 $39,980
2-Door Roadster w/Tiptronic 17 26 $37,610 $43,130
Pricing
Invoice Price
$69,250
$35,005
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$79,600
$39,980
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1327 / month
$666 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 51.7
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.6
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 -TBD-
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 38.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
50.4 -TBD-
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
51.3 50.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
99.0 95.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - -TBD-
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 57.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.9 4.1
Length, Overall (in)
177.1 169.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.9 9.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.81 x 1.10 11.74 x 0.95
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4 Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.94 x .35 11.5 x 0.80
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 15.3
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - -TBD-
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 16.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Recirculating Ball Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.98
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/55ZR16 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/55ZR16 P225/50R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4010 2755
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum -TBD-
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 8 16 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size -TBD-
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 8 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.1 -TBD-
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - -TBD-
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110.0 120
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
228 @ 5600 201 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas Flat 6-cyl
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
232 @ 3750 181 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.2L/195.2 2.5L/153
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 27 (Est)
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.79
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 (1.95 Winter Mode) 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.12
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.89
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 3.50
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA -TBD-
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.43
Trans Type
5 5
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Porsche Boxster
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Roadster
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - -TBD-
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - -TBD-
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - -TBD-
Suspension Type - Front
Lower Control Arms Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - -TBD-
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut

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