An evolution of the original 986 Boxster
2nd Gen Porsche Boxster Model Guides (2005 - 2012)
There were two core models of Porsche Boxster for the second generation, the base Boxster and the Boxster S. Both second generation models were released as 2005 model year cars. By improving air flow, tweaking intake manifolds and reducing exhaust back-pressure, both got considerable power increases even though engine capacities stayed the same. Output of the standard 2.7-litre boxer engine increased from 228hp to 237hp, while the 3.2-litre engine for Boxster S was up 260 hp to 276 hp. For 2007 model year, Porsche introduced the Cayman and updated the models. The interior and exterior remained mostly the same, but the Boxster S received the Cayman S 3.4-liter flat six while the 2.7 in the Boxster received VarioCam Plus, which bumped horsepower up to 245 hp. In 2009, the second generation of the Boxster received new technologies and more power. The 2.9-liter unit replaced the older 2.7-liter engine and offered 10 hp more than the older engine. It was paired as standard to a 6-speed manual, and a 7-speed PDK (Porsche dual-clutch) automatic was available as an option. The Chrono Package featured the Launch-control system, which allowed the 2002 Boxster to cut an additional 0.1 seconds from the 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) time when compared with the regular PDK version, without the Chrono Package. For better handling, the Boxster was fitted as standard with Porsche Stability Management. Besides the new technological improvements, the Boxster received some minor aesthetic changes.
2nd Gen Porsche Boxster Special Models
Several special edition cars were released during the second generation (987) Boxster. In November 2007, Porsche announced a commemorative RS60 Spyder edition of the Boxster to celebrate Porsche's 1960 win in the 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida. There were also a limited production Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 2 debuted in October 2008 as 2009 model which was basically a design exercise. Speaking of design exercises, Porsche unveiled its 2008 Limited Edition Boxster and Boxster S models at a private gathering at the occasion of the 2007 New York Auto Show. Largely inspired by the 2007 911 GT3 RS, only 250 examples of each model were produced in brilliant orange. The most exciting special model was the Boxster Spyder. It was announced on 5 November 2009 and it was the lightest Porsche on the market at the time, weighing just 2,811 lbs (about 18- lbs lighter than a Boxster S). The lightweight diet made it an absolutely gem of a drive, especially with its sportier and firmer suspension setup and its inch lower ride height.
2nd Generation Porsche Boxster Specs & Performance Summary
These cars were slightly faster and more performance focused than the first generation Boxster, but saw improvements made over the years which you can see below.
Porsche Boxster (2005-2012) Technical Specs
Forget the summary, here is every second generation Boxster broken out by model year and variant and the technical specifications for each one. Car data nerds, let us unite.
2nd Gen Boxster Pictures, Galleries & Videos
The Porsche Boxster was a revelation when it was first released, but the updates in the second generation made it a more complete package as a sports car. The video reviews when the second generation came out basically support this statement. Enjoy our interactive galleries and awesome videos of the second generation Porsche Boxster.
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