Car reviews - Porsche - Boxster - range
Porsche releases a sharper, faster, better-value second-gen Boxster convertible
15 Feb 2005
PORSCHE is an independent car-maker today because in the bleak early 1990s it decided to develop an entry-level roadster and all-new 911 concurrently, to resuscitate sales and profits. Primed by the ’93 Concept, consumers and critics alike seemed to love the resulting 986 Boxster of 1996. Porsche sure got it right, often doubling sales targets. So to say that the 987 Boxster has big shoes to fill is a small understatement.
Model release date: 1 February 2005 to 1 March 2009
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Porsche BoxsterReleased: January 97
Ended: February 05
Family Tree: Boxster
The original Porsche Boxster went on sale Down Under in January 1997, with a 150kW 2.5-litre flat six. In October 1999 it was relaunched here with a bigger 2.7-litre mill making a more convincing 162kW, which also made it seem less inferior to the flagship Boxster S released at the same time with a 185kW 3.2-litre boxer. The regular Boxster got a little more power for the 2003 model year, with variable valve timing bumping power to 168kW.
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