During my car search, I gathered here the Porsche Boxster 986 specs including Boxster 986 performance, different engines, technical specifications, fuel consumption, emissions, dimensions, tire, and rim sizes. From my other posts, Porsche Boxster 986 History includes different model versions and Porsche Boxster 986 Colors explains all 37 colors in which the 986 is available. So here are the Boxster specifications table by table. I added the table of contents in the beginning so you can access each table directly.

Porsche Boxster 986 performance: speed and acceleration

Boxster 986 performance: speed and acceleration
Porsche Boxster
986 performance
Boxster 2.5
1997–1999
Boxster 2.7
2000–2002
Facelift 2.7
2003–2004
Boxster S 3.2
2000–2002
Facelift S 3.2
2003–2004
Boxster 550
2004
Acceleration sec 0–100 km/h
sec 0–60 mph
6.9 / 7.6*
6.5 / 7.2*
6.6 / 7.4
6.2 / 7.0
6.4 / 7.3
6.0 / 6.9
5.9 / 6.5
5.6 / 6.1
5.7 / 6.4
5.4 / 6.0
5.6 / 6.3
5.3 / 5.9
Acceleration sec 60–100 km/h
(37–62 mph)
3.6 / 4.1*3.3 / 3.43.4 / 3.73.0 / 3.13.0 / 3.0
Max speed in gear km/h
mph
57 / 49*
35 / 30*
66 / 55
41 / 34
65 / 54
40 /34
62 / 58
39 / 36
61 / 58
38 / 36
94 / 91*
58 / 57*
109 / 101
68 / 63
107 / 99
67 / 62
107 / 97
67 / 60
106 / 106
66 / 66
III139 / 129*
86 / 80*
161 / 143
100 / 89
159 / 141
99 / 88
155 / 152
96 / 94
154 / 151
96 / 94
IV193 / 181*
120 / 112*
224 / 201
139 / 125
221 / 198
137 / 123
193 / 214
120 / 133
191 / 212
119 / 132
V252 / 244*
157 / 152*
275 / 271
171 / 168
271 / 267
168 / 166
231 / 288
144 / 179
229 / 286
142 / 178
VI280 / –
174 / –
278 / –
173 / –
Top speed km/h
mph
240 / 235*
149 / 146*
250 / 245
155 / 152
253 / 248
157 / 154
260 / 255
162 / 158
264 / 258
164 / 160
266 / 260
165 / 161
Weight-to-power ratio kg/kW
lb/hp
8.3 / 8.7*
13.5 / 14.0*
7.8 / 8.1
12.6 / 13.1
7.6 / 7.9
12.3 / 12.9
7.0 / 7.2
11.3 / 11.7
6.9 / 7.1
11.2 / 11.5
6.7 / 6.9
10.9 / 11.2
* Tiptronic

Porsche Boxster 986 performance evolved naturally over time. Acceleration at 0-100 km/h is up to two seconds faster in the last version than in the first Tiptronic. Porsche Boxster 986 specs performance table not only includes 0–100 km/h & 0–60 mph acceleration but also top speed and maximum speed at different gears. The speed of the highest gear is naturally theoretical. I also calculated the weight-to-power ratio, i.e. the power-to-weight ratio, whatever each calls it… 😉

Porsche Boxster 986 engine data: power and torque

Boxster 986 engine data: power and torque
Porsche Boxster 986
engine data
Boxster 2.5
1997–1999
Boxster 2.7
2000–2002
Facelift 2.7
2003–2004
Boxster S 3.2
2000–2002
Facelift S 3.2
2003–2004
Boxster 550
2004
Power kW hp @rpm150 204 @6000162 220 @6400168 228 @6300185 252 @6250191 260 @6200196 266 @6200
Torque Nm ft-lb @rpm245 181 @4500260 192 @4750260 192 @4700305 225 @4500310 229 @4600310 229 @4600
Maximum rpm67007200
Displacement cm3
cid
2480
151
2687
164
3179
194
Number of cylinders6
Bore mm
in
85.5
3.37
93
3.66
Stroke mm
in
72
2.83
78
3.07
Valves/cylinder4
Compression ratio11.0:1
Oil pressure @5000 rpm
90°C (194°F) bar psi
6.5
94
Oil capacity (incl. filter) l
US-qt
8.25
8.72
8.75
9.24
Fuel typePetrol
Multipoint fuel injection
Octane number RON
AKI and (R+M)/2
95–98
90–93
Mid-engineBoxer
Engine designationM96.20M96.22M96.23M96.21M96.24M96.24

Porsche Boxster 986 engine and, of course, the power of Boxster’s engine evolved several times during the 986-generation. There are six actual versions. However, Porsche Boxster 986 specs for the basics of the engine, including the compression ratio, remained the same throughout the manufacture. The power of the engine increased from the bit over 200 hp (150 kW) in the first version to nearly 270 hp (196 kW) in the last version.

Porsche Boxster 986 specifications, specs

Boxster 986 specifications, specs
Porsche Boxster 986
specs
Boxster 2.5
1997–1999
Boxster 2.7
2000–2002
Facelift 2.7
2003–2004
Boxster S 3.2
2000–2002
Facelift S 3.2
2003–2004
Boxster 550
2004
Front brakes mm inVentilated discs
298 11.73
Ventilated discs
318 12.52
Rear brakes mm inVentilated discs
292 11.50
Ventilated discs
299 11.77
Brake assistanceABS
Manual / designation5-s / G86.005-s / G86.016-s / G86.20
Tiptronic S / designation5-s / A86.005-s / A86.055-s / A86.20
Rear-wheel drive
Battery Ah60 / 70*70 / 80**7570 / 80**
Power pinion
Turns in a steering wheel2.98
Turning circle m
ft
10.9
35.8
* Tiptronic
** Option

Throughout the production of the Boxster 986, the convertible has been available as both a manual and a Tiptronic S automatic. The manual has both 5-speed and S’s 6-speed versions. The Porsche Boxster 986 specs table also shows that the brake discs are naturally larger in the bigger engine model than in the base model.

Porsche Boxster 986 fuel consumption and emissions

Boxster 986 fuel consumption and emissions
Porsche Boxster 986
consumption and emissions
Boxster 2.5
1997–1999
Boxster 2.7
2000–2002
Facelift 2.7
2003–2004
Boxster S 3.2
2000–2002
Facelift S 3.2
2003–2004
Boxster 550
2004
Consumption combined EU l/100 km
mpg
9.7 / 10.9*
24.2 / 21.6*
9.9 / 10.9
23.7 / 21.6
9.7 / 10.7
24.2 / 22.0
10.7 / 11.3
22.0 / 20.8
10.5 / 11.1
22.4 / 21.2
Consumption highway EU l/100 km
mpg
7.1 / 8.1*
33.1 / 29.0*
7.4 / 8.0
31.8 / 29.4
7.1 / 7.9
33.1 / 29.7
7.8 / 8.2
30.1 / 28.7
7.8 / 8.0
30.1 / 29.4
Consumption city EU l/100 km
mpg
14.3 / 15.8*
16.4 / 14.9*
14.3 / 15.9
16.4 / 14.8
14.2 / 15.3
16.5 / 15.4
15.6 / 17.2
15.1 / 13.7
15.3 / 16.4
15.4 / 14.3
Range combined km
miles
588 / 523*
365 / 324*
646 / 587
401 / 365
660 / 598
410 / 372
598 / 566
372 / 352
610 / 577
379 / 359
Range highway km
miles
803 / 704*
499 / 437*
865 / 800
537 / 497
901 / 810
560 / 503
821 / 780
510 / 485
821 / 800
510 / 497
Range city km
miles
399 / 361*
248 / 224*
448 / 403
278 / 250
451 / 418
280 / 260
410 / 372
255 / 231
418 / 390
260 / 242
CO2 emissions g/km239 / 263*245 / 271233 / 259263 / 281255 / 268
* Tiptronic

Porsche Boxster 986 fuel consumption has decreased in newer versions. Similarly, Boxster 986 emissions have decreased over time and, as usual, Tiptronic has higher emissions. The consumption of the manual 3.2-liter engine is about one liter more (2 mpg less) than the consumption of a 2.7-liter engine. I also calculated the driving ranges in the Porsche Boxster 986 specs consumption table.

Porsche Boxster 986 dimensions: length, width and weight

Boxster 986 dimensions: length, width and weight
Porsche Boxster 986 dimensionsBoxster 2.5
1997–1999
Boxster 2.7
2000–2002
Facelift 2.7
2003–2004
Boxster S 3.2
2000–2002
Facelift S 3.2
2003–2004
Boxster 550
2004
Length mm
in
4315 / 43401
169.9 / 170.81
4320 / 43401
170.1 / 170.81
4315 / 43401
169.9 / 170.81
4320 / 43401
170.1 / 170.81
Width mm
in
1780
70.1
Height mm
in
1290 / 12802
50.8 / 50.42
1280
50.4
Ground clearance mm
in
105 / 952
4.13 / 3.742
110 / 1002
4.33 / 3.942
105 / 952
4.13 / 3.742
110 / 1002
4.33 / 3.942
100
3.94
Wheel base mm
in
2415
95.1
Front track mm3
in3
1465 (16″)
1455 (17″)
57.7 (16″)
57.3 (17″)
1465 (16″&18″)
1455 (17″)
57.7 (16″&18″)
57.3 (17″)
1455 (17″)
1465 (18″)
57.3 (17″)
57.7 (18″)
1465
57.7
Rear track mm3
in3
1528 (16″)
1508 (17″)
60.2 (16″)
59.4 (17″)
1528 (16″)
1508 (17″)
1504 (18″)
60.2 (16″)
59.4 (17″)
59.2 (18″)
1528 (16″)
1508, 1512 (17″)
1504, 1514 (18″)
60.2 (16″)
59.4, 59.5 (17″)
59.2, 59.6 (18″)
1508 (17″)
1504 (18″)
59.4 (17″)
59.2 (18″)
1508, 1512 (17″)
1504, 1514 (18″)
59.4, 59.5 (17″)
59.2, 59.6 (18″)
1524
60
Curb weight kg4
lb
1250 / 1300*
2756 / 2866*
1260 / 1310
2778 / 2888
1275 / 1330
2811 / 2932
1295 / 1335
2855 / 2943
1320 / 1360
2910 / 2998
Gross weight kg
lb
1560 / 1610*
3439 / 3549*
1570 / 1620
3461 / 3571
1600 / 1655
3527 / 3649
1615 / 1655
3560 / 3649
1630 / 1670
3594 / 3682
Maximum load kg
lb
310
683
310
683
325
716
320
705
310
683
Roof load kg
lb
75
165
Trunk volume VDA l260
Fuel tank l
US-gallons
57
15
64
17
Drag coefficient Cd0.310.32
Cabriolet
Number of seats2
Number of doors2
1) US-model
2) M030 chassis
3) Spacers +10 mm
+0.39 in
4) Accessories up to +125 kg
+276 lb
* Tiptronic

Porsche Boxster 986 dimensions: the length, width and height show very well how similar the 986 body remained. Facelift models are a bit longer and the third radiator in the S 3.2 adds a little drag coefficient. The Porsche 986 550 Spyder 50th Anniversary Edition’s low-level is due to the sports chassis M030, which was available as an option for others. Boxster 986 tire sizes naturally affect tracks and the Porsche Boxster 986 specs table has quite a few measurements for tracks. It seems to happen to the car the same way as to us humans. We gain more weight as we age…

Porsche Boxster 986 rims, tire sizes and tire pressure

Boxster 986 rims, tire sizes and tire pressure
Porsche Boxster 986
rims, tire sizes and tire pressure
Boxster 2.5
1997–1999
Boxster 2.7
2000–2002
Facelift 2.7
2003–2004
Boxster S 3.2
2000–2002
Facelift S 3.2
2003–2004
Boxster 550
2004
205/55 ZR (6 x 16) &
225/50 ZR (7 x 16)
StandardStandardStandard
205/50 ZR (7 x 17) &
255/40 ZR (8.5 x 17)
OptionOptionOptionStandardStandard
225/40 ZR (7.5 x 18) &
265/35 ZR (9 x 18)
Option*OptionOptionOptionOptionStandard
225/40 ZR (8 x 18) &
265/35 ZR (10 x 18)
OptionOption
Tyre pressure bar
psi
2.0 (F), 2.5 (R)
29 (F), 36 (R)
* 1998 & 1999

Boxster 986 rims are available in 16–18-inch and the Boxster tire size naturally widens as the rims increase. The narrowest tires are 205s (rims 6×16) and the widest tire size is as high as 265, with rims of 9×18 or 10×18. The last Porsche Boxster 986 specs table also shows Boxster tire pressures.

Porsche AG recommends that the car only has the same type of tires from the same manufacturer. Boxster 986 tires should be equipped with an N-code meaning they are approved and tested by Porsche. Porsche Boxster 986 approved tires are, at least, the following ones:

  • Bridgestone Potenza S-02
  • Continental ContiSportContact
  • Michelin Pilot Exalto 2
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 2
  • Pirelli P Zero Rosso
  • Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R
  • Pirelli Winter Sottozero

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