All 986 and 987 Boxsters use the M96, a water-cooled, horizontally opposed ("flat"), six-cylinder engine. It was Porsche's first water-cooled non-front engine. In the Boxster, it is placed mid-engine, while in the 911, rear-engine. The mid-engine layout provides smoothness throughout the rev range, a low center of gravity, near-perfect weight distribution, and neutral handling. Early engines had a small number of failures, due to cracked or slipped cylinder liners, which were resolved by a minor redesign in 2000. Other failures have been reported, most notably involving the intermediate shaft (IMS) bearing, but affecting less than 5% of all cars.
It’s almost like the British sports car market in the Fifties. Three German manufacturers have all come out with small sports cars, all in the $40,000 price range. Performance is similar among all three cars and the differentiation is which manufacturer you prefer and which features you prefer.
The Porsche 911
Powering the Porsche Boxster is a 2.5-liter six-cylinder engine rated at 201 horsepower. It is mid-mounted, right behind the two seats. There is quite a shock if you try to find the engine. You open the rear deck and find a trunk. Open the front and find another trunk. Total trunk capacity by the way is 9.1 cubic feet, which isn’t bad for a car of this type.
In order to get to the engine you have to remove some interior carpet and panels. It must be Porsche’s idea that the owner/driver doesn’t really need to get to the engine. Servicing the engine is performed from underneath, so you must go to a dealer to get it serviced. All the dipsticks and fluid fillers are located in the rear trunk, so it’s possible to maintain your Boxster’s engine without ever seeing it. Curious.
The engine drives the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. In operation, the engine has a metallic whine to it that is almost like the old air-cooled Porsche engines. However, this engine is water-cooled. It has variable camshaft control and there is a rev limiter at 6,500 rpm that we discovered one time when we accelerated to pass a truck.
Braking is typical Porsche efficiency. All four wheels have disc brakes with ABS. Stepping on the pedal is like driving into a wall of soft mush. The car just stops with no fuss.
Handling is excellent, as you might expect with a mid-engine design. We had the opportunity to drive the Boxster on some of my favorite winding roads. I was able to maintain a speed that was nearly double the posted speed limit (as long as there were no other cars on the road) with no sense of speeding. In this case the Boxster was in the same class as my other mid-engine favorite, the Acura NSX.
One of the complaints I’ve always had with the Porsche 911 series is that it is basically an old racing car that has been civilized for road use. The civilization process is not that good and you always get the feeling when you sit behind the wheel of a 911 that you’re driving a race car.
With the Boxster, however, you feel as if you’re driving a civilized car. The instruments are definitely in the modern genre. The controls are all contemporary and there is nothing to indicate that the car was designed 30 years ago, as is the case with the 911. You have a large tachometer dominating the instrument panel, with a smaller 150-mph speedometer off to the left. Fuel and water gauges are located to the right. There’s a digital speedometer located just under the tachometer, though, that gives a better indication of the speed you’re traveling than the analog speedometer does. Even the type face used for the numbers on the dials is different and modern.
There is an HVAC system that is modern and efficient, as well as an excellent sound system.
I loved the inside door handles, that were nicely styled and well integrated into the inside door design. Porsche has found a way to make this utilitarian necessity a beautiful part of the car design, unlike anything we’ve seen before.
There is a nice power top that keeps the Boxster in the same class as the competition. You unlock one latch over the rear view mirror and flip a switch and the top recedes into a compartment over where I assume the engine is located. Like the SLK, there are roll bars behind each of the seats.
The Porsche Boxster looks very much like an old Porsche race car, quite a bit like the original Boxer. So when you’re driving the Porsche on the highway or look at it sitting in the driveway you get double takes. It’s a very pretty car and attracted all the teenagers and adults who walked past our house. The Boxster is Porsche all the way with its horizontally opposed six and excellent handling. There were a few minor glitches, such as a rattle in the dash and the ignition switch on the left of the steering wheel, but they are ignorable.
Der Porsche Boxster ist ein Roadster von Porsche mit einem Sechszylinder-Boxermotor in Mittelmotor-Anordnung. Der Prototyp wurde Anfang 1993 auf der Detroit Motor Show präsentiert. Die Markteinführung der ersten Generation in Deutschland war im August 1996. Seit 2005 wird zusätzlich mit gleicher Motorisierung das auf dem Boxster der zweiten Generation (Typ 987) basierende Coupé Porsche Cayman angeboten. Seit 2012 ist die dritte Generation (Typ 981) auf dem Markt.
The Porsche Boxster is a roadster from Porsche with a six-cylinder boxer engine in the mid-engine layout. The prototype was presented in early 1993 at the Detroit Motor Show. The launch of the first generation in Germany was in August 1996. Since 2005 is additionally equipped with the same engine offered in the second-generation Boxster (Type 987) Porsche Cayman-based coupe. Since 2012 is the third generation (Type 981) on the market.
Porsche Boxster является родстер от Porsche с шестицилиндровым оппозитным двигателем в середине расположение двигателя. Прототип был представлен в начале 1993 года на Детройтском автосалоне. Запуск первого поколения в Германии в августе 1996 года. С 2005 дополнительно оснащен тем же двигателем предлагается в Второе поколение Boxster (тип 987) Porsche Cayman на основе купе. С 2012 года является представителем третьего поколения (тип 981) на рынке.
La Porsche Boxster est un roadster de Porsche avec un moteur boxer six cylindres dans la mise en mi-moteur. Le prototype a été présenté au début de 1993 au Detroit Motor Show. Le lancement de la première génération en Allemagne était en Août 1996. Depuis 2005 est en outre équipé du même moteur offert dans la Boxster de deuxième génération (Type 987) Porsche Cayman à base de coupé. Depuis 2012 est la troisième génération (Type 981) sur le marché.
وبورش بوكستر هي سيارة من بورشه بمحرك من ست اسطوانات ملاكم في التخطيط منتصف محرك. تم عرض النموذج الأولي في أوائل عام 1993 في معرض ديترويت للسيارات. وكان إطلاق الجيل الأول في ألمانيا في أغسطس 1996. منذ عام 2005 وقد تم تجهيز وبالإضافة إلى ذلك مع نفس المحرك وعرضت في بوكستر من الجيل الثاني (نوع 987) بورشه كايمان مقرها كوبيه. منذ عام 2012 هو الجيل الثالث (نوع 981) في السوق.