The Boxster sports car is a two seat convertible first introduced by Porsche for the 1996 model year. The name is in reference to the horizontally opposed “boxer” engine design. The car is upgraded and a new “S” version introduced in 2000 with this first generation in production until the end of 2004. Both variations had a design upgrade and power increase for 2003. The creature comfort changes include a rear glass window replacing the plastic one, a glove box is fitted into the dash, electric hood/trunk release added, and a new sporty steering wheel. Mechanically in ’03 the engine air intake is revised and the exhaust system is reworked as well. The color of the front turn indicators is changed from yellow to clear while the rear cluster is changed from a shade of gray to amber with the side marker lighting now clear for many markets although U.S. bound models retain the yellow ones in ‘03.
The introduction of the second generation “Boxster 987” type is the big news for the 2005 model year. The transmissions offered initially are the Tip Tronic automatic five speed and the five speed standard with a six speed introduced as an option later in production. The new generation of both models is in the showrooms for the 2005 model year. The 2009 models have a few cosmetic body revisions and also get a power boost through mechanical upgrades as well. The third generation “Boxster 981” type is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and launched for the 2012 model year.
All the 986 and 987 Boxster’ are equipped with the M96 water cooled mid-mounted flat six engine configured horizontally giving the car very good weight distribution, low center of gravity, and neutral handling. This is the first model produced by Porsche to feature a mid-mount water cooled engine design. The earliest models had a problem with cracking and slipping cylinder liners which was resolved by the 2000 model year.
The original mid- mounted 2.5 Liter flat six engine produces 150 kW (204 PS, 201 hp) of power and bolted to the standard transmission can do 0-100 km/h (0-60mph)in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 240 kmh (149 mph) but equipped with the Tip Tronic automatic does the quarter mile in a much slower 7.6 seconds with a slightly lower top speed. The original Boxster is restyled in 2000 and the flat six is replaced by a 2.7 liter engine with a horse power rating of 162 kW (220 PS, 217 hp) and bolted to the standard will do the quarter in 6.6 seconds and will reach 250 km/h (155mph) with the automatic version slightly slower and lower. However 2000 also sees the new “S” version released equipped with a 3.2 liter power plant putting out 185 kW (253 PS, 250 hp) and with the standard does the quarter in 5.9 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 260 km/h (162 mph); comfort and convenience come at a price with the automatic version slightly slower.