Like the entry-level car, the Boxster S was treated to a major revamp for 2005. The front featured new headlights to distinguish it further from the 911, plus a new nose with large intakes. At the back 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 engine remained essentially the same 3.2-litre unit from the previous Boxster S, but power increased by 20bhp to 280bhp.
PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) became an option, allowing the choice of two grades of damper firmness. Another new option was the Porsche Chrono Package, which gave a modified engine map and a sophisticated stopwatch system.
Also optional for the first time on a Boxster was PCCB (Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes), which gave 350mm lightweight ceramic brake discs and trademark yellow calipers.
Compression ratio: 11.0:1
Maximum power: 280bhp at 6200rpm
Maximum torque: 320Nm at 4700-6000rpm
Brakes: Front: 318mm 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: 18×8.0J with 235/40ZR18 tyres. Rear: 18×9.0J with 265/40ZR19 tyres
0-62mph: 5.5 seconds
Top speed: 166mph