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Porsche Boxster - Background information

The Porsche Boxster is the first ever Porsche designed as a roadster from the outset. All other Porsche convertibles and roadsters were converted or redesigned versions of coupe models.

Raymond Barth and Harm Lagaay are the two designers who we have to thank for the Boxster. Raymond headed off the design of the mechanical side of the Boxster while Harm designed the shape and styling which we now know as the Porsche Boxster.

The prototype of the Porsche Boxster seen bellow was first seen in 1993, however there are some earlier photographs of the car up to 7 years before this!

The first generation of Boxster, known as the 986, was introduced late in 1996 as a 1997 model. It was powered by a 2.5 Litre mid mounted flat six engine. In 2000 this engine was upgraded to a 3.2 Litre power plant as part of the Boxster S model and the base Boxster model received a more powerful 2.7 Litre engine.

In 2005 Porsche had introduced several styling interior and exterior modifications along with further improvements to the power plants and so designated the car as a new generation of Boxster and giving it a new designation of 987.

Production of the Porsche Boxster was initially at the former Porsche 928 production line in Stuttgart, Germany. Valmet, a private organization separate from Porsche also manufacture Porsche Boxsters under contract from another assembly plant in Uusikaupunki in Finland.

Like the 924, 944 and 968 models before the Boxster was designed as the Porsche entry level model and enjoyed immediate sales success. Also like the 924/944/968 the Boxster from 1996 to 2003 was the best selling of all Porsche models. Due to excessive sales (in the USA especially) the Cayenne model from 2003 has become the largest selling Porsche by a margin.

The name Boxster comes from the combination of the name Boxer (engine type) and Roadster.

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