The Porsche Boxster is a mid-engined two-seater roadster built by Porsche. The Boxster is Porsche's first road vehicle to be originally designed as a roadster since the 550 Spyder. The first-generation Boxster (the 986) was introduced in late 1996; it was powered by a 2.5 litre flat six-cylinder engine. The design was heavily influenced by the 1992 Boxster Concept. In 2000, the base model was upgraded to a 2.7 litre engine and the new Boxster S variant was introduced with a 3.2 litre engine. In 2003, styling and engine output was upgraded on both variants. In 2005, Porsche unveiled the second generation of Boxster: the type 987. The 987 is more powerful than its predecessor and featured styling inspired by the Carrera GT. Engine output increased in 2007, when both Boxster models received the engines from their corresponding Porsche Cayman variants. In 2009, the Boxster models received several new cosmetic and mechanical upgrades, further increasing engine output and performance. The third generation Boxster (type 981) was launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Production of the 986 began at the former Porsche 928 facility in Stuttgart, Germany in 1996. Valmet Automotive also manufactured Boxsters under contract to Porsche at a facility in Uusikaupunki, Finland. The Boxster was Porsche's biggest volume seller from its introduction in 1996 until the company introduced the Cayenne sport utility vehicle in 2003. As of September 2012, additional production of the 981 started at the former Karmann-factory in Osnabrück.
The Boxster's name is derived from the word "boxer", referring to the vehicle's flat or "boxer" engine, and the word "roadster", referring to the vehicle's two-seat capacity and convertible top.
The Porsche Boxster is a roadster from Porsche with a boxer engine in midship arrangement. The prototype was presented at the beginning of 1993 Detroit Motor Show presented. The launch of the first generation in Germany was in August 1996. Since 2005, in addition with the same engine in the Boxster second generation (Type 987) is based coupe Porsche Cayman offered. Since 2016 both body styles are as a Model 718 marketed with the respective previous name as an additive: Porsche 718 Boxster, Porsche 718 or Cayman. Since 2012 the third generation (type 981) is on the market. Due to high demand of the third generation, was born on 19 September 2012, the production in addition to the main plant in Stuttgart - Zuffenhausen addition in the former Karmann -Werk in Osnabrück , today Volkswagen Osnabrück started.
Beginning of the 1990s came in a Porsche sales and earnings crisis. In this time and in the Mazda MX-5 launched Roadster boom in the decision on the development of a dropped central engine -Roadsters. The result of this development work was the Porsche Boxster, whose name is an invented word, which is composed of the first syllable of the word box, he and the second syllable of the word Road art. Its design is a new interpretation of the formal language of old Porsche roadster such. As the models 550 Spyder , 718 RS 60 (whose design also instrumental for the Carrera GT was the inspiration) and of the first Porsche, the 356 number. 1 Roadster .