An Entry Level Sports Car That Became An Instant Classic
1st Gen Porsche Boxster Model Guides (1997 - 2004)
There were two core models of Porsche Boxster for the first generation, the base Boxster and the Boxster S. The base Boxster came first as a 1997 model year car, powered by a 2.5 liter flat 6 engine that was good for 201 hp and 181 ft lbs of torque. In 2000 the base Boxster got a more powerful engine, now a 2.7 liter unit with more power and torque to go with that sublime chassis. It was the Boxster S launch as a 2000 model year car that got people most excited. It got a bigger 3.2 liter engine and better hardware and made for a tremendous cars. The model range received a minor facelift in 2002. It includes some design updates including the plastic rear window was replaced by a smaller glass window with a heating element and the bumpers were changed slightly for a more defined, chiseled appearance, and new wheel designs were made available. The interior received some updates including an updated steering wheel. Porsche installed a reworked exhaust pipe and air intake. The 986 Boxster production ended in 2004.
1st Gen Porsche Boxster Special Models
There was only one special edition Boxster during the first generation. In 2004, the Boxster S Special Edition, also called 550 Spyder Boxster S Special Edition or S 550 Spyder 50th Anniversary Edition was introduced with a production run of just 1,953 cars (paying homage to the 550 Spyder's year of introduction). 500 cars were made for the US Market. These were all painted in GT Silver Metallic and had unique cocoa-brown full-leather interior as standard. Several other changes including a slightly more powerful engine made this pretty rare and special.
1st Generation Porsche Boxster Specs & Performance Summary
The base Porsche Boxster didn't light the world on fire in terms of performance figures when is came out in 1997. It was a wonderful sports car but 6.7 second 0 - 60 mph was slow compared to the BMW M cars of the era. The upgrade to a 2.7 liter engine in 2000 helped a little, but it was the Boxster S with its bigger engine and better hardware that had serious performance. 0 - 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and a quarter mile in just over 14 seconds was legit. The 986.2 upgrades in 2003 gave both models some more power and that translated into better performance.
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