The Porsche® Boxster® is a mid-engine roadster with a design that echoes such classic mid-engine Porsche sports/racing cars as the 550 Spyder and RS60. The Boxster gets its name from a combination of the classic Porsche horizontally opposed six-cylinder “boxer” engine and its roadster body. For model year 2000, a 2.7-liter, 217-horsepower version of the engine with a two-stage resonance intake system and an E-Gas electronic (“drive-by-wire”) throttle replaced the original 201-horsepower 2.5-liter six-cylinder engine. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and the Porsche Tiptronic S five-speed automatic is available as an option. Light weight combined with a broad torque curve and a roomy, comfortable interior make the Boxster the ideal sportscar for everyday driving. The standard power convertible roof lowers in just 12 seconds. An aluminum hardtop is optional.
Safety technology includes a patented crumple-zone body structure, dual front airbags, door-mounted side airbags, and anti-lock brakes. Boron steel tubing reinforcements inside the windshield header and A-pillars and supplemental safety bars behind the seats provide protection in rollover accidents.
Source: Porsche press