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.