And the parts you need to upgrade yours.
The Porsche Boxster (986) is a modern classic. Even by today's standards, its lively handling is enjoyed by motoring enthusiasts the world over. Between 1996 and 2004, the first generation Boxster (986) was available with three flat six engine options, a 2.5 L, 2.7 L and a 3.2 L — each of which offer plenty of power to punch its less than 3,000 pounds to 60mph from a standstill in roughly six seconds. The production version of the Boxster (986) also retained most of the form, spirit, graceful curves and styling beauty of the original show car which made its debut at the 1993 Detroit Auto Show. All of this adds up to a vehicle that's not only worth buying, but worth collecting.
Classic Tradition, Modern Interpretation: The Boxster (986), which was first debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 1993, was originally inspired by the infinitely classic 550 Spyder (Porsche's first purpose-built racecar) as well as the 718. Its introduction signified a return to Porsche roots, as it marked the end of the brand's transaxle cars.
Affordable and Practical: When it launched, the Boxster (986) was positioned as Porsche's new entry-level vehicle, though its performance was anything but. Even today, it often ranks among the top sports cars to buy on the second hand market. Its innovative Z-folding convertible top was radical for its time, and today offers a healthy dose of functionality — allowing the top to be stored above the mid-engine, saving space in the rear trunk. And with ample cargo space in the front and rear trunks, the Boxster (986) remains a surprisingly practical daily driver.
A Fan Favorite: It's rare in the automotive industry that the production vehicle so closely matches the styling of its concept car, but such was the case with the Boxster (986). That immediately endeared it to automative enthusiasts, and its concept, style, mid-engine layout, high performance and nimble handing clearly reflected the Boxster (986)'s 550 Spyder and 718 roots, further adding to its popularity.
Whether you're a 986 owner or not, Porsche Classic offers something for every level of Porsche enthusiast. Even if you haven't taken the step to ownership yet, there's a host of high-quality lifestyle products and memorabilia that are worth adding to your own collection. For the 986 owner, it's worth checking out the PCCM+ — Porsche's DIN-2 head unit specifically designed to fit in your 986 seamlessly. It works with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, offers Bluetooth functionality for hands-free use and two USB ports. And if you're looking for performance upgrades for your 986, take a look at the Sport Techno Wheels and Retrofit Sports Suspension.