The mid engined Porsche Boxster 1997 to 2005. 986 Series. We look at the design and development of the different Boxster models including the Boxster 2.5, 2.7, 3.2S, and Anniversary 550.

In my own business as a Porsche specialist I deal with Porsche daily so I get to see, drive, inspect and own hundreds of Porsche Boxster and Boxster S…..and I like themn fact the more I use them, the more I appreciate how darn good they are.  Make no mistake, these are great cars, whatever model or year you choose, buy a good Boxster and you should have a car that feels great and brings a smile every time you use it.

The Porsche Boxster has an incomparable balance and natural agility. The flat six motor, with its weight low down is mounted in the middle of the car for perfect balance.

There is no ‘bad’ year to buy. 1997- 2004. The earliest cars would be from late 1996 (1997 model year) and these will be 2.5. From late 1999 (2000 model) the Porsche Boxster 2.7 replaced the 2.5 giving a little more horsepower and noticeably more torque in the midrange. If on a budget for a tiptronic Porsche Boxster it’s worth looking at the 2.7.

Also for the 2000 model year a large engined Porsche Boxster 3.2 S was introduced. These are super sports cars with a 6 speed manual gearbox or tiptronic. They have bigger brakes, stiffer suspension and 250 hp.

These models are known as the 986 series and ran until the launch of the newer shape 987 Porsche Boxster, introduced in late 2004. The only significant change to the 986 series was in 2003 when Porsche replaced the plastic window of the soft top with a heated glass window. This is known as a facelift although it was mild and only changes in the plastic bumpers and moulding distinguish these.

Buying a Boxster 986?  You need my Buyer’s Guide to Boxster