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Have you ever wondered what a 986 Porsche Boxster would look like as a Cayman? Well, here we go. What we have today is a 2002 Porsche Boxster S with a Z-Art Zeintop hardtop. Normally, the 986 Boxster hardtop mirrored the shape of the soft top, but the aftermarket Zeintop added a hatch component that actually looks really nice. Naturally this isn’t something you pop on in 10 minutes, but once everything is bolted up, it seems to look pretty slick.
Whenever a luxury car pops up in a unique color combo I’m inclined to write it up. I figure that the majority of them were special…
Orange! I share this seller’s exuberance over the color of this 2008 Porsche Boxster S, located in Texas. This is one of the 500 (half of which were the standard Boxster and half the Boxster S) limited edition Boxsters produced in 2008 whose primary attribute was this not-so-subtle Orange exterior. The appearance of these limited edition Boxsters drew its cues from one of my 911 favorites: the Orange over Black 997 GT3 RS. Unfortunately, unlike the GT3 RS this Boxster is not a lightened and more powerful racing version of the standard car. Underneath that paint sits the same 3.4 liter flat-6 found in the regular Boxster S all mated to, in this case, a 6-speed manual transmission. There are a number of details here and there to separate these editions from the rest of the Boxster lineup, including a sportier exhaust, but really it is the Orange paint that is tasked with carrying much of the weight here. And, frankly, that’s ok with me. The 2008 Boxster S is already a pretty fine performing car combining superb balance and a nimble chassis with enough power to propel you along at speeds that quickly become very illegal. We’re quickly approaching two decades since Porsche introduced these roadsters as their new entry-level model and given where things started these cars have definitely come a long way.
Similar to fine wines, certain cars seem to be getting better with age in light of some of the less than exciting offerings some manufacturers have to offer these days. However, with the case of the second generation Porsche Boxster, it seems successive generations have improved the breed. That’s not to say the original Boxster was a bad car, but the revamped version offered more power and a bit more refinement than the first one, especially when it came to interior accoutrements. This 2005 Boxster S for sale from our friends at Encore Motors represents the first year of a new era for the Boxster and with just under 30,000 miles. It presents the opportunity to put yourself behind the wheel of a low mileage, modern Porsche at a reasonable entry point.