What Changed for 2008:
- Optional sports folding bucket seats
- New exterior color: Macadamia Metallic
- New upholstery color: Carrera Red
- Service intervals changed
The Porsche Boxster was first introduced as a 1997 model: a 2-passenger roadster with a soft convertible roof. The name referred to its horizontally-opposed flat-six \"boxer\" engine-an engine layout shared with the venerable Porsche 911. Sharing many components with the 911 at the time, the Porsche-designated \"Type 986\" Boxster offered excellent handling and braking thanks to its mid-engine design. In 2005, Porsche significantly updated the Boxster with thorough changes to the engine, interior, and exterior. Still sharing more than 50 percent of its components with the 911, the updated Boxster was 80 percent new, according to Porsche. This necessitated a new internal designation, the \"Type 987.\" For 2008, the Boxster receives minor color changes and is offered in special limited-production versions.
Porsche offers a standard 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty on the 2008 Boxster. A roadside assistance program mirrors the duration of the limited warranty, while a limited corrosion warranty extends a full 10 years, regardless of mileage.
The standard production models in the 2008 lineup are the Boxster and Boxster S. Each 2-passenger roadster features a power-operated soft top that can be raised and lowered at speeds up to approximately 30 mph (a hardtop is available as a dealer accessory). The rear window is heated glass. While each is considered a high-performance sports car with few peers, the Boxster S differentiates itself from the standard model with its larger and more powerful engine, stronger brakes, and more substantial wheels and tires.
Porsche is offering three special edition models for 2008. The Boxster RS 60 Spyder pays homage to the legendary Porsche 718 RS 60 Spyder of the 1960s. Based on the Boxster S, the RS 60 Spyder is limited to just 1,960 copies. The Spyder models are distinguished by their special paint, unique upholstery, and a custom sport exhaust that increases rated power to 303 horsepower. The Limited Edition Boxster models, offered in both standard and S trim, offer Porsche's SportDesign body kit package, their own special interior upholstery, and custom orange exterior paint previously only available on race-ready Porsches.
All 2008 Porsche Boxster models feature a long list of standard equipment including power windows, locks and cruise control, and an on-board computer. Option packages include the DVD-based Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system boasting a 5.8-inch color monitor, the upgraded Bose Surround System audio package with 7-channel digital amplifier, and bi-Xenon headlamps. As is customary with Porsche, buyers may choose from a long list of optional seats, wheels, upholstery combinations, and exterior colors to customize their Boxster.
Porsche offers the 2008 Boxster with two different engines. Standard in the Boxster is a 2.7-liter, horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine rated at 245 hp and 201 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard Boxster is offered with a choice of three transmissions. The base transmission is a manual 5-speed unit, with a 6-speed manual transmission optional. Consumers may also choose the Tiptronic S, Porsche's electronically-controlled automatic transmission. With the manual transmission, the Boxster is able to accelerate to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds towards its top speed of 160 mph. The Boxster S features a more powerful 3.4-liter, horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine, rated at 295 hp and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. The Boxster S is available with a 6-speed manual transmission, or the Tiptronic S electronically-controlled automatic transmission. In manual transmission trim, the Boxster S accelerates to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds towards its top speed of 169 mph, according to Porsche. EPA fuel economy ratings for 2008 are 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway for the standard Boxster, and 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the Boxster S models.
The Boxster engines are all-aluminum, water-cooled, and mounted in the middle of the chassis (mid-mounted) for optimal handling and balance, Porsche says. The suspension on both models is independent front and rear with McPherson struts and twin-tube gas-filled shock absorbers. On vehicles equipped with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the shock absorbers are actively controlled. The brakes on the Boxster are 4-wheel discs, featuring 4-piston aluminum monobloc calipers with cross-drilled inner-ventilated brake rotors. The Boxster S models feature an upgraded braking system with larger calipers and rotors. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard on all models.
The 2-seat 2008 Porsche Boxster models are built with a lightweight, hot-galvanized, all-steel body shell. In addition to the standard 2-stage frontal air bags, all versions of the 2008 Boxster are equipped with 3-point inertia-reel seat belts with belt-latch tensioners and belt-force limiters. The standard Porsche Side Impact Protection (POSIP) system adds torso-protecting thorax side-impact air bags and special head-protecting side-impact air bags which deploy from the windowsills on each door. The 2008 Boxster and Boxster S are equipped with Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and a tire-pressure-monitoring system (TPMS) as standard equipment.
The Porsche Boxster has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Available technology packages on the 2008 Porsche Boxster include the optional Sport Chrono package and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). The Sport Chrono package includes a special stopwatch on the top of the instrument panel. Less obvious to the eye, but enhancing responsiveness and performance levels, are the electronic alterations to the engine, transmission, suspension, and stability control systems, Porsche explains. The optional PASM electronically controls the performance of the shock absorbers by changing the dampening force in each shock, the automaker adds. At the core of PASM are continuously adjustable shocks, a front and rear accelerometer, and a dedicated electronic control unit. A cockpit-mounted switch allows the driver to choose between \"Normal\" and \"Sport\" to alter the suspension settings to suit the driving conditions.