What does it take to make a successful sports car?
UPDATE: TFLcar’s long-term Porsche Boxster has been sold.
Of course, we know Porsche for the long-running 911 series – the brand’s iconic sports car since 1964. However, the more affordable alternative for most would-be buyers is a mid-engined Boxster. It still sports a flat-six engine – in the case of this 2006 model, it’s a 2.7-liter – and the sort of balance and precision you’d expect from a mid-engined roadster.
And don’t think the Boxster doesn’t have some pedigree. A man named Pinky Lai designed the 987 Porsche Boxster, after designing the E36 BMW 3 Series and the 996 Porsche 911. The 2006 Porsche Boxster came in two flavors: either the 2.7-liter base model or the 3.2-liter Boxster S. The base engine produced around 240 horsepower, while the S punched that figure out to around 280 horsepower. Later 987 Boxster S engines were enlarged to match the just-introduced Cayman coupe. Back then, the 2006 Porsche Boxster with a 5-speed manual transmission was good for 0-60 in about six seconds – still a respectable figure today.
This being a Porsche, the 987 Boxster doesn’t just rely on outright performance to attract buyers either. The car is surprisingly practical for a two-seater roadster, and it’s also well-appointed, at least for the time.
There’s also one more feature that endears the Boxster to potential sports car buyers: price. Whereas a new 911 can cost upwards of $100,000 or more, and even new 718 Boxsters can demand up to $60,000, you can buy a used Boxster for a third of that price.
Watch the video above to find out more about this particular 987 Porsche Boxster! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more news, views and real-world Porsche reviews.