Porsche Boxster

When Porsche introduced the Porsche Boxster in 1996 for the 1997 model line, it was the first road vehicle that was designed as a roadster by Porsche since the Spyder 550 in the 1950s. It was also the first completely new car by Porsche in almost two decades. The Porsche Boxster was in production since it was released in 1996 and went through two generations. A third generation was released at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.

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Porsche Boxster Origins

Porsche designed the Boxster to fill its entry-level position in the Porsche model lineup. Over time, Porsche struggled with the production of a lower-priced car that lived up to the Porsche reputation for performance and handling, as well as overall design and style. With the creation of the Porsche Boxster, Porsche was hoping to finally succeed in producing an entry-level sports car worthy of the Porsche name. The first generation had a mid-engine layout with a boxer engine. It is said that the name boxer came from a combination of boxer for the engine and roaster for its car category.

About the Porsche Boxster

At the Paris Auto Show in 2004, Porsche unveiled the second generation of the Porsche Boxster for the 2005 model year. While the roadster looked similar to the first generation, it received updated styling inside and out, as well as more power compared to the first generation. The base model was equipped with a 2.7-liter engine that was tuned to now produce 240 horsepower, while the Porsche Boxster S had the tuned 3.2-liter engine, which produced 276 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission was the standard for the base model, while a six-speed manual transmission was standard for the S version. A five-speed automatic TipTronic transmission came as an option for both versions. In 2007, both versions had its engines modified. For the base model, this meant an increase in 5 horsepower, while the S version received a larger 3.4-liter engine that improved the power output by 15 horsepower.

In 2008, the Porsche Boxster underwent a design refresh that was introduced at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. As well as tweaking the style of both versions of the Porsche Boxster, Porsche also modified the mechanical components to provide more power for each of them. The new engine found in the base model was a 2.9-liter flat-six that produced 255 horsepower, while the engine in the S version was modified so that it now produced 310 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new seven-speed automatic transmission from Porsche was available in both models as an option.

Porsche Boxster Evolution

The first generation of the Porsche Boxster was launched for the 1997 model year sales. It was equipped with a flat-six, or horizontal-six, engine that has its six cylinders laid out horizontally in two rows of three on either side of the crankcase. The 2.5-liter engine produced 201 horsepower and was coupled with either a five-speed manual transmission as standard, or a five-speed TipTronic automatic transmission as an option. The engine was found just behind the two seats to provide an almost front rear balanced car. It was the first water-cooled engine to be used by Porsche.

In 2000, a new version of the Porsche Boxster was added to the lineup, called the Boxster S. This version featured a 3.2-liter flat-six engine that produced 250 horsepower. The standard Boxster received an updated 2.7-liter engine that provided an increase in power up to 217 horsepower. The Porsche Boxster S was fitted with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, and the TipTronic automatic transmission could be chosen as an option.

From the outside, the Porsche Boxster is similar to the Porsche 911. The same hood, fenders, and headlights were used in both the Porsche Boxster and the Porsche 911. To reduce costs of manufacturing cars, Porsche was keen to share components between different models. The style of the Porsche Boxster remained the same until it underwent a minor refresh in 2003. At that time, changes to the design included replacing the rear plastic window with a glass one, a new glove compartment, an updated steering wheel, and slight modifications to the front and rear light clusters.

In 2004, a special edition of the Porsche Boxster was released. The 550 Spyder 50th Anniversary Edition of the Porsche Boxster had a limited production run with only 1953 cars built. All were painted the same GT Metallic Silver, and were fitted with a 3.2-liter engine tuned to provide 266 horsepower. The all leather interior was either dark brown or grey, and had specialized paintwork. The 18-inch wheels, a BOSE audio system, and a plate on the center console with the production number were just some of the upgrades included.

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