2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder Road Test 2 Specs | Edmunds.com

2011 Porsche Boxster - Road Test Specs

2011 Porsche Boxster Convertible

(3.4L 6-cyl. 6-speed Manual)


Model year2011
ModelBoxster Spyder
Style2dr Convertible (3.4L 6cyl 7AM)
Base MSRP$62,150
Options on test vehicleCarrera Red Natural Leather With Alcantara Suede ($3,895); Park Assist System ($530); Self-Dimming Mirror and Wiper Rain Sensors ($690); Bi-Xenon Headlights With Dynamic Cornering ($1,560); Sport Chrono Package Plus ($960); PCM 3.0 With Navigation ($3,110).
As-tested MSRP$72,895


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeHorizontally opposed 6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,436cc (210 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder
Compression ratio (x:1)12.5
Redline (rpm)7,400
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)320 @ 7,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)273 @ 4,750
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=3.308:1, II=1.950:1, III=1.407:1, IV=1.133:1, V=0.950:1, VI=0.081:1, Final drive = 3.889:1


Suspension, frontModified MacPherson strut
Suspension, rearModified MacPherson strut
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelPotenza RE050A
Tire typePerformance
Tire size, frontP235/35ZR19 Z
Tire size, rearP265/35ZR19 Z
Wheel size19-by-8.5 inches front -- 19-by-10 inches rear
Wheel materialCast aluminium
Brakes, frontFour-piston fixed calipers, 12.5-inch ventilated rotors
Brakes, rearFour-piston fixed calipers, 11.8-inch ventilated rotors

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.2
0-60 mph (sec.)4.6
0-75 mph (sec.)6.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.8 @ 109.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)26.23
60-0 mph (ft.)102.49
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)72.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.99
Sound level @ idle (dB)N/A
@ Full throttle (dB)82.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.7 (70.4 w/top off)

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsBecause it's so light, the Boxster Spyder doesn't require the typical abusive Porsche launch and only a little, controlled wheelspin instead. Shifter could not be better: short throws find home with a palm push, and also very little shift shock or driveline lash.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsDistances vary with available grip but are very short nonetheless. Zero fade from firm-to-hard pedal, flat and straight every time. Brakes got better with heat; best run on #7.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsSkid pad: Steering is so unfettered by weight that you can feel every last bit of grip ebbing and flowing with the surface and speed. Easy to keep a steady arc by manipulating throttle. With PSM on, it was more difficult to stay steady with throttle breathing on/off, then subtle brake application. Slalom: Could only get better with more front-end grip; otherwise, every bit of feedback is useful and every driver input has a consequence. This is a precision driving tool. Eventually it understeers (gently, predictably) which limits the slalom speed. Steering is as good as it gets with crisp turn-in, immediate yaw reaction and quick enough to catch a slide. PSM is intrusive when on.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)55.88
Wind (mph, direction)1.6

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/26 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)21.3
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,866
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,908
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)47.4/52.6
Length (in.)172.1
Width (in.)70.9
Height (in.)50.1
Wheelbase (in.)95.1
Track, front (in.)58.7
Track, rear (in.)60.5
Turning circle (ft.)36.4
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)9.9
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)9.9


Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemNot available
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot available
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot available
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot available
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot available
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot available

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