Porsche Boxster 

  • $40k
  • 1997
  • 201 HP 2.5L
  • 149 mph
PTV – Porsche torque vectoring – includes a mechanical limited-slip diff while the £1473 sports exhaust system seems pricey, but does sound excellent.
by EVO (Jun, 2012)
The fitment of stop/start and electro-mechanical power steering tell you a lot about how the Boxster has transformed compared to the mk2.
by EVO (Jun, 2012)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Porsche Boxster


6.1 s
MR2 Spyder
7.3 s

Top speed

149 mph
MR2 Spyder
123 mph
Elise S
127 mph

1/4 mile

14.7 s

Data points Key details of the Porsche Boxster


MR2 Spyder


201 HP

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Something especially true with the sweet six-speed manual of our test car fitted – it’s better than the 911’s seven-speed transmission, and remains our choice over PDK’s slightly cold sophistication.
by EVO (Jun, 2012)
It uses a 2.7-litre flat-six engine and costs from £37,589.
by EVO (Jun, 2012)
Its fine mid-engine, rear-drive balance makes for a car you can confidently drive quickly from the off, and unless you kill the electronic driver aids, it feels next to foolproof.
by EVO (Jun, 2012)


The engine is smaller than the 2.9 used in the outgoing base Boxster, but is pretty much as powerful – 261bhp and 206lb ft outputs represent a 9bhp rise and 8lb ft drop – while being a good chunk cleaner, CO2 emissions falling to 192g/km (180g/km if you spec the PDK twin-clutch gearbox) and the claimed fuel economy topping 36mpg.
by EVO (Jun, 2012)
Grip from its 265-section rear tyres is abundant, and the 2.7-litre engine – which provides brisk rather than brutal pace – rarely troubles them.
by EVO (Jun, 2012)


You need to keep the flat-six on the boil and its revs high for this base Boxster to feel fast, but that’s hardly a chore.
by EVO (Jun, 2012)
Dynamic options include carbon ceramic brakes, active suspension management and ‘power steering plus’, but we’d keep things relatively simple.
by EVO (Jun, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Porsche
Price $39,980
Year 1997
Highest auction price $30k, January 2011

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 13.71 lb/hp
Maximum hp 201 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 181 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM
Max RPM 6,600 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 2,480 cc
Cylinders Flat 6
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.37 in / 2.83 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

road tests

Top speed 149 mph
1/4 mile 14.7 s
0-60mph 6.1 s


Drivetrain Mid Engine / RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 5 gears
Axle ratio 3.89:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 432/? 178
Rear wheels 432/? 216

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,756 lb
Width 70 in
Height 50.8 in
Length 169.9 in
Front track width 57.3 in
Wheelbase 95.1 in
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