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1996 Porsche Boxster Photos, engines & full specs

Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Roadster & Convertible
Production years: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

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Porsche introduced the Boxster in late 1996, a roadster that instantly divided the carmaker’s fans between those who saw the car as a savior for the brand and those who saw it as a huge mistake.

In the early ‘90s, Porsche was in deep financial trouble. Its lineup was aging. The 968 and the 928 were, basically, refreshed and enlarged versions of the late 1970s cars. Furthermore, to build those vehicles with front engines and rear-wheel drive, the automaker had to use a separate production line from the one used for the 911. After some talks with Toyota’s specialists, the small German sports car manufacturer understood that it needed a vehicle that could share some of its underpinnings with the 911 and sell it with a good profit. That was the Boxster, a vehicle designed to resemble the glorious 550 Spyder and the roadster that boosted the carmaker’s sales. It was more affordable than the 911, and it could provide a similar driving experience.

Up front, any fan could notice the headlights with a look inspired by the 911 (996 generation). They were rounded on the upper sides and featured horizontal turn signals at their bottom. Porsche installed a wrapped-around plastic bumper that featured a pair of air intakes on the lower side, in the apron. Since there was no engine up front, like in the 968, the car had a low nose and a front trunk under the lid that sported the Porsche badge.

Porsche offered the Boxster exclusively as an open-top affair. Its rounded shapes up front resembled the 911. Furthermore, it even featured a front-mounted tank with a fuel filler cap on the right fender. Moving on to the sides, the roadster had a raked windshield with thick A-pillars. Behind the cabin, the automaker installed a pair of safety arches behind each seat. Since the car had the engine placed behind the cockpit, the automaker had to install air intakes on the sides, between the curved doors and the rear wheel arches, on the quarter panels. Finally, at the back, the sloped-down engine lid was curved, and the third brake light was sported at the top. At the bottom, it was flanked by the corner-mounted taillights. Underneath the rear wrapped-around plastic bumper, Porsche installed a single exhaust in the middle, adorned by an oval-shaped tip.

Inside, the design team took its inspiration from the 911, offering the Boxster fitted as standard with high-bolstered seats. Even the dashboard resembled the car’s most notorious brother, with the tachometer in the middle of the instrument panel and flanked by the speedometer on the left and a few other gauges on the right dial. The center stack housed the HVAC controls and the sound system. As an option, customers could get an infotainment unit with sat-nav and CD stereo.

Behind the cabin, the automaker installed a flat-six, water-cooled engine with a 2.5-liter displacement paired with a five-speed manual. Starting in 1999, Porsche added a 2.7-liter powerplant that reached 220 PS (217 hp), which rocketed the car from naught to 100 kph (0-62 mph) in 6.6 seconds. As an option, both versions could be mated with a five-speed automatic gearbox and manual override.

PORSCHE Boxster (986) 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
  4 gasoline engines
  • 2.5L 5AT (204 HP)
  • 2.5L 5MT (204 HP)
  • 2.7L 5AT (220 HP)
  • 2.7L 5MT (220 HP)

PORSCHE Boxster (986)
2.5L 5AT (204 HP)

ENGINE SPECS - 2.5L 5AT (204 HP)
Cylinders:H6
Displacement:2480 cm3
Power:150 KW @ 6000 RPM
204 HP @ 6000 RPM
201 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque:181 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
245 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System:Multipoint Injection
Fuel:Gasoline
Fuel capacity:16.9 gallons (64.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed:146 mph (235 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):7.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type:Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox:5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front:Ventilated Discs
Rear:Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size:205/55 ZR16 || 225/50 ZR16
DIMENSIONS
Length:169.9 in (4315 mm)
Width:70 in (1778 mm)
Height:50.8 in (1290 mm)
Front/rear Track:57.7/60.1 in (1,466/1,527 mm)
Wheelbase:95.1 in (2416 mm)
Ground Clearance:4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume:9.2 cuFT (261 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd):0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight:2866 lbs (1300 kg)
Gross Weight Limit:3549 lbs (1610 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City:14.9 mpg US (15.8 L/100Km)
Highway:29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
Combined:21.6 mpg US (10.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions:260 g/km

PORSCHE Boxster (986)
2.5L 5MT (204 HP)

ENGINE SPECS - 2.5L 5MT (204 HP)
Cylinders:H6
Displacement:2480 cm3
Power:150 KW @ 6000 RPM
204 HP @ 6000 RPM
201 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque:181 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
245 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System:Multipoint Injection
Fuel:Gasoline
Fuel capacity:16.9 gallons (64.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed:149 mph (240 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):6.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type:Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox:5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front:Ventilated Discs
Rear:Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size:205/55 ZR16 || 225/50 ZR16
DIMENSIONS
Length:169.9 in (4315 mm)
Width:70 in (1778 mm)
Height:50.8 in (1290 mm)
Front/rear Track:57.7/60.1 in (1,466/1,527 mm)
Wheelbase:95.1 in (2416 mm)
Ground Clearance:4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume:9.2 cuFT (261 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd):0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight:2760 lbs (1252 kg)
Gross Weight Limit:3439 lbs (1560 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City:16.4 mpg US (14.3 L/100Km)
Highway:33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
Combined:24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions:232 g/km

PORSCHE Boxster (986)
2.7L 5AT (220 HP)

ENGINE SPECS - 2.7L 5AT (220 HP)
Cylinders:H6
Displacement:2687 cm3
Power:162 KW @ 6400 RPM
220 HP @ 6400 RPM
217 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque:192 lb-ft @ 4750 RPM
260 Nm @ 4750 RPM
Fuel System:Multipoint Injection
Fuel:Gasoline
Fuel capacity:16.9 gallons (64.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed:155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):7.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type:Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox:5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front:Ventilated Discs
Rear:Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size:205/55 ZR16 || 225/50 ZR16
DIMENSIONS
Length:169.9 in (4315 mm)
Width:70 in (1778 mm)
Height:50.8 in (1290 mm)
Front/rear Track:57.7/60.1 in (1,466/1,527 mm)
Wheelbase:95.1 in (2416 mm)
Ground Clearance:4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume:9.2 cuFT (261 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd):0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight:2888 lbs (1310 kg)
Gross Weight Limit:3571 lbs (1620 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City:14.8 mpg US (15.9 L/100Km)
Highway:29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
Combined:21.6 mpg US (10.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions:271 g/km

PORSCHE Boxster (986)
2.7L 5MT (220 HP)

ENGINE SPECS - 2.7L 5MT (220 HP)
Cylinders:H6
Displacement:2687 cm3
Power:162 KW @ 6400 RPM
220 HP @ 6400 RPM
217 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque:192 lb-ft @ 4750 RPM
260 Nm @ 4750 RPM
Fuel System:Multipoint Injection
Fuel:Gasoline
Fuel capacity:16.9 gallons (64.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed:155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):6.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type:Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox:5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front:Ventilated Discs
Rear:Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size:205/55 ZR16 || 225/50 ZR16
DIMENSIONS
Length:169.9 in (4315 mm)
Width:70 in (1778 mm)
Height:50.8 in (1290 mm)
Front/rear Track:57.7/60.1 in (1,466/1,527 mm)
Wheelbase:95.1 in (2416 mm)
Ground Clearance:4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume:9.2 cuFT (261 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd):0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight:2778 lbs (1260 kg)
Gross Weight Limit:3461 lbs (1570 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City:16.4 mpg US (14.3 L/100Km)
Highway:31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
Combined:23.8 mpg US (9.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions:235.6 g/km
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