2000 Porsche Boxster S Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2000 Porsche Boxster - Road Test Specs

2000 Porsche Boxster Convertible

(3.2L 6-cyl. 6-speed Manual)


Model year2000
Style2 Dr S Convertible


Drive typeRWD
Engine typeH6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.2
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)250 @ 6250
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)225 @ 4500
Transmission type6M

Track Test Results

0-60 mph (sec.)5.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.3 @ 99.9
60-0 mph (ft.)122
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)35.8

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThis is a torque monster, especially next to the S2000. Sidestepping the clutch at any engine speed results in SEVERE axle tramp. Inside the cabin, the driver's face shakes as the vehicle thumps along. This ruckus makes it extremely difficult to ascertain whether ample wheelspin is taking place. Although feathering the clutch results in less axle tramp, it does not aid times. Best times were still achieved with significant thumping. Huge tach makes it obvious that this is a performance car, not a marketing exercise. By contrast the insignificant speedometer off to the left of the driver is difficult to read, suggesting that actual speed is irrelevant. It's far easier to watch the tach, and just glance below it at the digital numeral telling you what speed you have reached.
Braking commentsThe Honda ousts the Porsche in this category. Not only does it show in the numbers, but in the brake feel as well. Yeah, braking in the 120's is very, very good, but not, perhaps, Porschesque. It takes significantly more pedal effort than the S2000, and kicks back at the driver. There is no fade, and stability is perfect. It just feels like there should be more power from the amount of effort the driver is exerting on the pedal.
Handling commentsFar easier to drive, and far more balanced than the Honda. Traction control system is very good and extremely unintrusive. In fact, the car can get plenty bent out of shape with it on. Best times were achieved with the system operational. Runs with it off resulted in a significant amount of twitchiness. Entrance speeds of almost 75 mph are astounding. The communication and feedback the car gives are second to none. It's a far easier car to drive than the Honda, and its limits are more easily approached because of it. Consistency is its strong point, as many of our runs were right on top of the best run. With the Honda, most runs are significantly off of the best time, due to the surgical precision that is required to extract maximum performance.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)63
Wind (mph, direction)8 mph SW

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 18/26 Manual 18/26
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.0
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2855
Length (in.)171
Width (in.)70.1
Height (in.)50.8
Wheelbase (in.)95.2
Legroom, front (in.)41.6
Headroom, front (in.)38.1
Seating capacity2
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)9


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion10 years / miles
Roadside assistance4 years / 50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance2


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesStandard
Traction controlO
Stability controlN
NHTSA crash test, driverN
NHTSA crash test, passengerN
NHTSA crash test, side frontN
NHTSA crash test, side rearN
NHTSA rollover resistanceN

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