For 2005, the Boxster received a major makeover. The front was treated to new headlights to distinguish it further from the 911, and a new nose with large intakes. At the back, meanwhile, the wings became more shapely and there were new light clusters.
The interior was all-new, with a neater instrument binnacle, round air vents, and an angular centre console that was similar to that in the 997-model 911. The three-spoke steering wheel was also not unlike the 911 item.
The same 2.7-litre engine was retained, albeit tweaked by 12bhp to produce 240bhp. This gave a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 159mph. Standard fare was a five-speed gearbox, while a six-speed manual was optional, as was Tiptronic.
Standard on the new Boxster was PSM (Porsche Stability Management) – essentially a form of traction control.
A new option was Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) which allowed the suspension to be adjusted from a softer, comfortable ride, to a harder setting for sporty driving – effectively giving two cars in one.
Another new option was the Porsche Chrono Package, borrowed from the 997. This gave a modified engine map and a sophisticated stopwatch system.
Compression ratio: 11.0:1
Maximum power: 240bhp at 6400rpm
Maximum torque: 270Nm at 4700-6000rpm
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: 17×6.5J with 205/55ZR17 tyres. Rear: 17x8J with 235/50ZR17 tyres
0-62mph: 6.2 seconds
Top speed: 159mph