2008 Porsche Boxster Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$45,800-$68,700
$39,923-$59,700
18 /CITY / 27 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • Optional sports folding bucket seats

  • New exterior color: Macadamia Metallic

  • New upholstery color: Carrera Red

  • Service intervals changed
Overview
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.

Model Lineup
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.

Powertrain
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.

Safety
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).

Technology
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.

What Changed for 2008:

  • Optional sports folding bucket seats

  • New exterior color: Macadamia Metallic

  • New upholstery color: Carrera Red

  • Service intervals changed
Overview
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.

Model Lineup
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.

Powertrain
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.

Safety
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).

Technology
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.
Available Trims for the 2008 Porsche Boxster
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 2dr Roadster Transmission Auto MSRP 45800.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 18/28
Name Limited Edition (2dr Roadster) Transmission Auto MSRP 49900.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 18/28
Name S (2dr Roadster) Transmission Auto MSRP 55700.00 Engine 3.4L/207 City/Hwy MPG 18/27
Name S Limited Edition (2dr Roadster) Transmission Auto MSRP 59900.00 Engine 3.4L/207 City/Hwy MPG 18/27
Name RS 60 Spyder (2dr Roadster) Transmission Auto MSRP 64900.00 Engine 3.4L/207 City/Hwy MPG 18/27
Name S Design Edition 2 (2dr Roadster) Transmission Auto MSRP 68700.00 Engine 3.4L/207 City/Hwy MPG 18/27

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INTERIOR
  • Standard leather pwr reclining bucket seats
  • Leather-wrapped 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel w/full color Porsche crest
  • Telescoping steering column
  • Instrumentation-inc: analog speedometer, tachometer, trip odometer, clock
  • Trip computer
  • Pwr windows-inc: one-touch up/down, anti-jam feature
  • Central locking system w/remote control
  • Remote unlocking front/rear trunks
  • HomeLink universal transmitter
  • Cruise control
  • Immobilizer system
  • Alarm system
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player
  • Automatic climate control system w/dust, pollen & charcoal odor filter
  • Rear window defroster
  • Auxiliary pwr outlet
  • Dash-mounted pop-out cupholders
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Center storage compartment
  • GT3 RS orange painted interior trim
  • Alcantara-wrapped 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel w/full color Porsche crest
  • Alcantara-wrapped shift knob/hand brake grip
  • Aluminum-look interior trim
  • Anti-theft system-inc: engine immobilizing, transponder key, interior sensor, remote control
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player, 7-speakers
  • Pwr sport seats w/GT silver metallic seatback, silver seat belts
  • Carrera red carpet and floor mats
  • GT silver metallic instrument cluster surround
  • Stainless steel door entry guards-inc: "RS 60 Syder" logo
  • Numbered plaque on glove compartment lid
  • Leather pwr reclining bucket seats
  • Porsche "Design Edition 2" chronograph
  • Numbered Porsche "Design Edition 2" plaque on glove compartment lid
EXTERIOR
  • Pwr convertible top w/heated glass rear window
  • Integrated fixed supplemental safety bars w/soft-touch covering
  • Speed-dependent rear spoiler
  • Front/rear fog lamps
  • Heated pwr mirrors
  • Tinted glass
  • Intermittent windshield wipers w/heated washer nozzles
  • Air intakes painted black
  • Black painted heated pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent wipers w/heated washer nozzles
  • Boxster S badging on rear decklid
  • SportDesign pkg-inc: additional fixed parts to front apron, unique auto extendin/retracting rear spoiler, unique rear apron
  • Roll-over bar in GT silver metallic
MECHANICAL
  • 2.7L DOHC SMFI horizontally-opposed 24-valve 6-cyl engine
  • VarioCam variable valve timing system
  • Motronic ME 7.8 engine management software
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Double inertia flywheel
  • Porsche stability management (PSM)
  • Traction control (ASR)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Independent 4-wheel MacPherson strut suspension w/aluminum alloy control arms
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P205/55ZR17 summer performance front tires
  • P235/50ZR17 summer performance rear tires
  • 17" Boxster II aluminum wheels
  • Pwr steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel vented disc brakes w/4-piston fixed alloy calipers painted black
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Active brake differential (ABD)
  • Black painted calipers
  • Central oval exhaust pipe
  • 16.9 gallon fuel tank
  • P235/40ZR18 summer performance front tires
  • P265/40ZR18 summer performance rear tires
  • 18" Cayman S black painted aluminum wheels
  • Sport exhaust system w/central oval exhaust pipe
  • 3.4L DOHC SMFI horizontally-opposed 24-valve 6-cyl engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • 19" Boxster S aluminum wheels
  • Pwr 4-wheel vented disc brakes w/4-piston fixed alloy calipers painted red
  • Central dual exhaust pipes
  • P235/35ZR19 summer performance front tires
  • P265/35ZR19 summer performance rear tires
  • 19" Carrera S black painted aluminum wheels
  • Sport exhaust system w/central dual exhaust pipes
  • Porsche active suspension management (PASM)
  • 10mm lower chassis
  • 19" SportDesign aluminum wheels
  • 5mm wheel spacers
  • Sport exhaust system w/twin-branch twin exhaust pipes
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Driver & passenger front airbags, front passenger on/off switch
    • Door mounted head & side-impact airbags
    • 3-point inertia-reel safety belts w/pretensioners & load limiters
    • Traction Control (ASR)
    • Boron steel tubing around windshield
    • Integrated fixed supplemental safety bars w/soft-touch covering
    • Reinforced passenger compartment
    • Crumple-zone body structure
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