At the beginning of the 1990s, Porsche's financial situation was not rosy. Despite the success of the 911, the German brand was not selling enough cars. In 1996, Porsche unveiled a new model designed as a two-seater roadster. More affordable and allowing the product range to be extended, the Porsche Boxster was a real success, helping the German brand to turn things around. Inspired by the 550 Spyder, the 718 and the 914, the Boxster became a mainstay of the brand.
Launched on August 12, 1997, this Porsche Boxster is of French origin. It has passed through the hands of 3 owners. The current owner acquired it on September 10, 2021. The first version of the Porsche Boxster, named 986, this model is one of the most important in the history of the German marque. Configured in a gray exterior color with a black soft top, it is in generally good condition. The bodywork has no notable defects, and the paintwork is free of scratches or nicks. The soft top, on the other hand, has a few flaws and needs refreshing. Inside, the seats, dashboard and door interiors are in black leather. These elements are in good condition, with no notable defects. The on-board instrumentation is in good working order.
Mechanically, this Porsche Boxster 986 is equipped with a 204 hp 2.5-liter flat-six engine and a manual gearbox. It has 95,500 kilometers on the clock. The engine starts without a hitch and runs smoothly. There's no abnormal noise when driving, and the manual gearbox ensures smooth shifting. This car is serviced in a Porsche Center by Porsche specialists. Invoices and service history are available. The last service was carried out in 2023. The consumables are new and the car has a new clutch.
The Porsche Boxster 986, launched in 1996 and produced until 2004, marks a turning point in Porsche history. Designed as a two-seater roadster, it played a crucial role in revitalizing the brand in the 1990s. This model was distinguished by its flat-six engine, positioned centrally at the rear, contributing to optimal vehicle balance and a dynamic driving experience.
Initially equipped with a 2.5-liter engine producing 204 hp (150 kW) and a top speed of 240 km/h, the Boxster 986 evolved over time. In 2000, engine capacity was increased to 2.7 liters for the base model, now named Boxster 2.7, with a power output of 220 hp (162 kW). In the same year, the Boxster S model was introduced with a 252 hp (185 kW) 3.2-liter engine, capable of reaching 260 km/h and accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds.
The Boxster 986 used a double-wishbone suspension system on all wheels, guaranteeing exceptional handling and stability. Brakes were ventilated discs with four-piston calipers, ensuring adequate stopping power. The exterior design was modern, with flowing lines and oval headlamps at the front. The interior offered a driver-oriented space, with leather seats and high-quality trim, complemented by options such as a GPS navigation system and high-end audio system.
Technologically, the Boxster 986 introduced innovations such as the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system, improving vehicle safety and stability. In terms of safety, two front airbags, side airbags and ABS were fitted as standard.
The Boxster played an important role in Porsche's business strategy, offering a more affordable model without compromising quality or performance. It helped broaden Porsche's customer base and stabilize the German brand financially, ensuring its long-term future.
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