Compare 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs 2008 Porsche Boxster

2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class
2008 Porsche Boxster
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2-Door Roadster 3.0L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 3.0L 17 26 $42,734 $45,950
2-Door Roadster 3.5L 18 26 $47,384 $50,950
2-Door Roadster 5.5L AMG 14 22 $61,101 $65,700
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2-Door Roadster
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 20 29 $39,923 $45,800
2-Door Roadster Limited Edition 20 29 $43,512 $49,900
2-Door Roadster S 19 27 $48,590 $55,700
2-Door Roadster S Limited Edition 19 27 $52,267 $59,900
2-Door Roadster RS 60 Spyder 19 27 $55,970 $64,900
2-Door Roadster S Design Edition 2 19 27 $59,700 $68,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$42,734
$39,923
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$45,950
$45,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$766 / month
$763 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
9.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class combines the romance of a small roadster with grand-touring comfort, as well as the poise and performance of a larger sportscar. The 2008 Porsche Boxster performs brilliantly, and looks and feels the part, delivering a modern take on the classic roadster experience.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2 Seater Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 - TBD -
Front Hip Room (in)
54.6 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
49.0 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
37.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.2 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.0 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
95.7 95.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.4 70.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.1 58.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
161.5 171.6
Height, Overall (in)
51.1 50.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.8 (6.5 w/top down) 9.5
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x 0.4 11.78 x 0.79
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)
11.8 x 1.1 11.73 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.5 - TBD -
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.16 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P205/55ZR17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40R17 P235/50ZR17
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - 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)
3208 2877
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.2 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas Flat 6-cyl
Fuel System
SMPI SMFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
221 @ 2500 - 5000 201 @ 4600-6000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 2.7L/164
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
228 @ 6100 245 @ 6500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 20
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.27 3.75
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.25 1.09
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.46 3.50
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - 9.45
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.72 1.43
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.06 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.61 2.12
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Roadster 2 Door Roadster
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Porsche Boxster
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
5-arm Multi-Link MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
3-Link MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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