Porsche Boxster 987.1 (2004-2008)

Date of unveil by Porsche AG: September 7, 2004
Premiere: September 23, 2004 Mondial de l'Automobile Paris Motor Show press day
Market launch: November 27, 2004

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MY2005 MY2006 MY2007 MY2008
2.7 176 kW 2.7 180 kW
S 3.2 206 kW S 3.4 217 kW
S 3.4 "RS 60 Spyder Edition" 223 kW
S 3.4 "Porsche Design Edition 2" 223 kW

Technical specification

Modification Engine Power Torque Gearbox 60 mph 100 km/h Top speed DIN weight
Boxster 987.1 176kW-version 2.7B6 176 kW 199 lb-ft / 270 Nm manual 5-speed
(optionally 6-speed)
5.9 sec. 6.4 sec. 159 mph/256 km/h 1295 kg / 2855 lb
Tiptronic 5-speed 6.8 sec. 7.1 sec. 154 mph/250 km/h 1355 kg / 2987 lb
Boxster 987.1 180kW-version 2.7B6 180 kW 201 lb-ft / 273 Nm manual 5-speed
(optionally 6-speed)
5.8 sec. 6.1 sec. 160 mph/258 km/h
(162 mph/260 km/h)
1305 kg / 2877 lb
Tiptronic 5-speed 6.7 sec. 7.0 sec. 156 mph/251 km/h 1365 kg / 3009 lbs.
Boxster 987.1 S 3.2 3.2B6 206 kW 235 lb-ft / 320 Nm manual 6-speed 5.2 sec. 5.5 sec. 167 mph/268 km/h 1345 kg / 2965 lb
Tiptronic 5-speed 6.0 sec. 6.3 sec. 162 mph/260 km/h 1385 kg / 3053 lb
Boxster 987.1 S 3.4 3.4B6 217 kW 250 lb-ft / 340 Nm manual 6-speed 5.1 sec. 5.4 sec. 169 mph/272 km/h 1355 kg / 2987 lb
Tiptronic 5-speed 5.8 sec. 6.1 sec. 164 mph/264 km/h 1395 kg / 3075 lb
DIN weight = car with 90% fuel, no driver, no cargo. Weight of German versions with standard equipment.

Already since 1997, the 986-generation Boxsters were parallelly produced at the Valmet factory in Uusikaupunki, Finland. The development work of the 987-generation started in 2001 and the car was meant to be built in Uusikaupunki. In 2003 some "Made in Finland" pre-production cars were made and the production started in 2004. The bodies were fully made at Valmet and other parts were shipped there. The engines were naturally built in Stuttgart.

Starting with 987, the base 2.7 litre version got 17" wheels as standard (6.5"+8") and the Boxster S got 18" wheels (8"+9"). Like with the 986, the 2.7-litre version came with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. The 6-speed was an option. Interestingly, the 6-speed gearbox didn't lower the fuel consumption, but raised it a littlle bit (minimal difference, not worth mentioning). The initial 987 EU pricelist showed that the 2.7-litre verson was 9% cheaper and the 3.2-litre version 6% cheaper compared to the previous 986 generation models. The 987 models were launched for US market in January 2005.

Valmet Automotive factory n Uusikaupunki, Finland © Valmet Automotive

A ferry from Rostock brought parts to Uusikaupunki three times a week, and a ferry from Uusikaupunki brought most of the produced cars to Emden in Germany. To check if your 987 was made in Finland or in Germany, look up the 11th character in the VIN - if it is "U", then it is Uusikaupunki, if it is "S" then it is Stuttgart.

© Valmet Automotive
The bay for the mid-engine can be seen here © Valmet Automotive
© Valmet Automotive
Production of Boxster and Cayman bodies at Valmet© Valmet Automotive
© Valmet Automotive
Cathodic dip painting (corrosion protection), here in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen © Porsche
© Porsche
Infrared beams dry the water-based paint © Porsche
Windscreen being installed by a robot © Valmet Automotive
Drivetrain © Valmet Automotive
© Valmet Automotive
© Valmet Automotive
Testing the watertightness © Valmet Automotive

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