Porsche Boxster First Generation
|Engine||2.5 L H6 (1997–1999) 2.7 L H6 (2000–2004) 3.2 L H6 (2000–2004)|
|Transmission||5-speed automatic 5-speed manual 6-speed manual|
|Wheelbase||1997–2002: 95.2 in (2,418 mm) 2003–04: 95.1 in (2,416 mm)|
|Length||1997–2002: 171.0 in (4,343 mm) 2003–04: 170.1 in (4,321 mm)|
|Width||70.1 in (1,781 mm)|
|Height||50.8 in (1,290 mm)|
|Successor||Porsche Boxster 987|
Harm Lagaay's design, inspired by the 356 Cabriolet, Speedster, and 550 Spyder, stimulated a commercial turnaround for Porsche. Through consultation with Toyota, Porsche began widely sharing parts among models and slashed costs. Many believe the introduction of the Boxster helped save Porsche from acquisition.
The Boxster was released ahead of its big brother, the 996. The 986 Boxster had the same bonnet, front wings, headlights, interior and engine architecture as the 996.
All 986 and 987 Boxsters use the M96, a water-cooled, horizontally opposed ("flat"), six-cylinder engine. It was Porsche's first water-cooled non-front engine. In the Boxster, it is placed mid-engine, while in the 911, rear-engine. The mid-engine layout provides a low center of gravity, near-perfect weight distribution, and neutral handling. Early engines had a small number of failures, due to cracked or slipped cylinder liners, which were resolved by a minor redesign in 2000.
The model received a minor facelift in 2003. The plastic rear window was replaced by a smaller glass window. The interior received a glove compartment, new electro-mechanical hood and trunk release mechanism (with an electronic emergency release in the fuse box panel) and an updated steering wheel. Porsche installed a reworked exhaust pipe and air intake. In addition, the amber "fried egg" front indicators were replaced with clear indicators. The rear light cluster was also changed with translucent grey turn signals replacing the amber ones. The side marker lights on the front wings were changed as well from amber to clear, except on American market cars where they remained amber. The bumpers were also changed slightly for a more defined, chiselled appearance, and new wheel designs were made available.
Boxster 986 model history
|Year||Engine||HP||Transmission||0–100 km/h (0–60 mph)||Top speed|
|1996||2.5L||150 kW (204 PS; 201 hp)||Manual||6.9 seconds (6.7 sec)||240 km/h (149 mph)|
|2.5L||150 kW (204 PS; 201 hp)||TipTronic||7.6 seconds (7.4 sec)||235 km/h (146 mph)|
|2000||2.7L||162 kW (220 PS; 217 hp)||Manual||6.6 seconds (6.5 sec)||250 km/h (155 mph)|
|2.7L||162 kW (220 PS; 217 hp)||TipTronic||7.4 seconds (7.2 sec)||245 km/h (152 mph)|
|3.2L S||185 kW (253 PS; 250 hp)||Manual||5.9 seconds (5.6 sec)||260 km/h (162 mph)|
|3.2L S||185 kW (253 PS; 250 hp)||TipTronic||6.5 seconds (6.2 sec)||255 km/h (158 mph)|
|2003||2.7L||168 kW (229 PS; 225 hp)||Manual||6.2 seconds||253 km/h (157 mph)|
|2.7L||168 kW (229 PS; 225 hp)||TipTronic S||7.0 seconds||248 km/h (154 mph)|
|3.2L S||191 kW (261 PS; 258 hp)||Manual||5.4 seconds||264 km/h (164 mph)|
|3.2L S||191 kW (261 PS; 258 hp)||Tiptronic S||6.1 seconds||258 km/h (160 mph)|
|2004 550||3.2L S||196 kW (264 PS; 266 hp)||Manual||5.7 seconds||266 km/h (165 mph)|
550 Spyder 50th Anniversary Edition
In 2004 the 550 Spyder 50th Anniversary Edition was released, with a production run of just 1953 cars. These were all painted GT Silver Metallic, the same color as the car-show version of the Carrera GT supercar, and had unique cocoa-brown full-leather interior as standard with grey natural leather as a no-cost option. Each car also had special interior paintwork, a high-end BOSE sound system, two-tone grey and silver 18" Carrera wheels (unpainted as another zero-cost option), 5 mm (0.2 in) wheel spacers, the Boxster S sport exhaust, the M030 option sports suspension, and a plate on the center console piece commonly known as the "batwing" showing the production number. Only on the American market cars were the rear turn signals red rather than clear.