Porsche Boxster GTS Goes Against BMW’s Z4 M40i In Straight Line Race

The Porsche Boxster GTS and new BMW Z4 M40i are two of the best two-seat roadsters currently on the market, but which is the fastest in a straight line? The following video answers just that question.

Motorsport Magazine recently had the opportunity to pit the two German sports cars alongside each other for a drag race to see how they perform in the real world.

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On paper, the two are quite evenly matched. Powering the Boxster GTS is a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four with 361 HP and 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) of torque with the available PDK dual-clutch transmission, and 309 lb-ft (420 Nm) with the standard six-speed manual. Porsche claims a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 4.1 seconds for the PDK model.

By comparison, the Z4 M40i uses a larger, 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 335 HP in Euro-spec (382 hp for U.S. models).

As for the drag race itself, it doesn’t appear as though the drivers used their cars’ launch control systems. In fact, it seems like the one in the Z4 M40i might have tried to enable the system but failed to, as the rear wheels start to spin before the car gets off the line.

The race was held over a distance of 1,000 meters (3,280 feet), with the Porsche storming home in 22.3 seconds while it took the Z4 M40i a full 23.4 seconds. That may not seem like much, but the footage is more than telling.


  • vmoutsop

    Well, if BMW’s engine would rev up close to 8000rpms it would probably fair better

    • Matt

      An engine’s redline has nothing to do with how fast it goes.

      • Bob

        I upvoted you but suppose this exact same car had a higher redline without a drop in torque, it would have more power we can suppose.

        But I also agree that there are plenty more factors beside a redline.

    • vmoutsop

      Do some basic research, look at videos of similarly powered & sized cars with different rev limits. The one with the higher rev limit always wins, you can hold the gear longer and higher rev engines typically have more hp at redline (turbo’s)

  • blunt-o

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    Wake up people!

    • Seats & a steering wheel

      This is an automotive website not a religious one.

      • ramish rambarran

        Sit next to Danny Boy !

    • RZ

      Climate change is a FRAUD, You Wake UP!!!

      • TheBelltower

        Wouldn’t it be nice if that were true.

    • TheBelltower

      Where are you getting your information? Put down the pipe.

      • blunt-o


  • GobbleUp

    BMW, for the loss.

  • Kagan

    In other words useless comparison and. video.

  • Bo Hanan

    The BMW (which likely actually has 360 HP) should not have loss that bad. Weight!

  • ramish rambarran

    Yes !

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