After the original 2.5-litre Boxster was criticised for being underpowered, Porsche responded by increasing the capacity to 2.7-litre, at the same time as launching the new S model in 1999.
The increase in engine capacity was achieved by increasing the stroke from 72mm to 78mm, while the bore remained unchanged at 85.5mm.
New to this engine was the use of Porsche’s E-gas ‘drive by wire’ system that used an electronic link between accelerator pedal and throttle valve, instead of the traditional cable. This gave a more reliable and responsive system.
To suit the extra power, the five-speed gearbox had revised ratios, as did the optional Tiptronic transmission.
The 2.7-litre engine gave the entry-level Boxster more sparkling performance and made it a more fun car. However, there remained enough difference in power to differentiate it from the more expensive Boxster S.
Compression ratio: 11.0:1
Maximum power: 220bhp at 6400rpm
Maximum torque: 260Nm at 4750rpm
Brakes: Front: 304mm discs; rear: 299mm discs. Servo assisted with ABS
Suspension: Front: McPherson struts with coil springs and antiroll bar. Rear: McPherson struts with coil springs and antiroll bar
Wheels & tyres: Front: 16x6J with 205/50ZR16 tyres. Rear: 16x7J with 225/40ZR16 tyres (17-inch rims optional)
0-62mph: 6.6 seconds
Top speed: 155mph