Compare 2012 Porsche Boxster vs 2012 BMW Z4

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

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