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
|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|
|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
|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
|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|
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.
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.
From the 2006 model year (August 1, 2005), the Boxster and Boxster S got more powerful engines and the optional Tiptronic transmission and the Sport Chrono Package were given additional functions. The 2.7-liter engine got 4 kW more power (now 180 kW). The Boxster S engine, which was increased in size from 3.2 to 3.4 litres, developed 217 kW (+11 kW) and sprinted from 0 to 100 km/h 0.1 second faster. Both flat-six engines were equipped with VarioCam Plus valve control: with variable valve timing (VarioCam) and changeover valve lift (Plus).
Model year 2007 had a slight modification inside the rear luggage compartment - the coolant and engine oil filler caps were located under the wall, increasing the size of the rear trunk. The 19" Turbo-look forged alloy two-tone wheels became available, 8" wide for the front axle and 9.5" for the rear.
On November 20, 2006, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG celebrated a production milestone: the 200,000th Boxster (986+987, Stuttgart+Uusikaupunki) rolled off the production line. The landmark vehicle, a meteor grey metallic Boxster S ordered by a customer in the USA, was made at the Valmet factory. Michael Macht, Executive Vice President of Production and Logistics, said: "Ten years ago, no one would have believed what a huge success this Porsche mid-range roadster has become. Thanks to our flexible production system, we can manufacture the Boxster model series at both our main plant in Zuffenhausen and at Valmet."
PCNA Limited Edition
In 2007, 500 Limited Edition Boxster and Boxster S were made for Porsche Cars North America, the importer for USA and Canada. There wasn't anything special about these cars, just that they were made with the following specification:
* SportDesign bodykit
* 997 GT3 RS Orange paint
* Black mirrors
* Black side air vents
* Black model designation on the rear lid
* Black 19" 997 Carrera S wheels
* Sports exhaust system
* Orange painted roll-over bars, door trim, dashboard trim strip, gear lever gate trim strip, shift pattern markings
* GT3 alcantara covered steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake lever
* Limited Edition label on dashboard
Although the color combination suggests it is a more sportier version, it actually was also produced with the 2.7-litre engine and on the request even with the automatic gearbox. Both the 2.7 litre and the 3.4-litre S were made in the series of 250 cars, so 500 in total.
Michael Macht, Executive Vice President of Production and Logistics of Porsche AG, expressed the satisfaction: ”In the past ten years Porsche and Valmet have come a long way together. And we are
absolutely aware of the fact that Valmet made a decisive contribution to Porsche’s great development in the 90’s. /--/
I also see the ramp-up of the Cayman as an example of successful cooperation. I hardly believe that anybody will be able in the foreseeable future to build a car rocketing up from zero to No 1 in the J D Power study virtually overnight.
Boxster S 'RS 60 Spyder Edition'
It was presented on December 7, 2007 at the Bologna Motor Show, to be built in the series of 1960 cars. Although the reason for this limited edition is not really justified, this is the most beautiful 987.1. The sports exhaust system was always optionally available, but Porsche never announced the 6 kW power gain with it until the 223 kW RS 60 Spyder Edition. The exterior paint was the nice darker shade of silver from the Carrera GT, the natural leather interior was either available in red (with red roof) or dark gray (with black roof).
Boxster S 'Porsche Design Edition 2'
The production of the 987.1 is nearing its end in September 2008 and one last limited edition is made, the Porsche Design Edition 2 (PDE 1 was offered for Cayman and PDE3 for Cayenne). The official press release calls it "very special Boxster S", but it is just a white Boxster S with sports exhaust, a few parts painted white (usual Porsche options) and with unique PDE2 stickers applied to the car. A sticker-tuning Porsche from Porsche and Porsche Design.
Boxster 987.1 production numbers at ValmetPlease note: years are real years, not model years. Figures do not include cars produced in Stuttgart. The 2003 production figure is naturally for the pre-production prototypes.
Article © James Herne / Stuttcars.com
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