Video: Boxster, the Groundbreaking Concept That Saved Porsche

Today, the first-generation Boxster may represent one of the best performance bargains available today, but 25 years ago, it was a groundbreaking entry-level sports car that had a lot riding on its success.

Largely credited with saving Porsche from an economic slump in the 1990s, see how the Boxster went from concept to production from someone who was a part of the process.

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1/16/21 12:56 p.m.


What's ground breaking about the Boxster? Did you forget about this car?



350z247 New Reader
1/18/21 7:09 a.m.

In reply to Porschev :

Well, the Boxster was developed solely by Porsche, came out 20 years later, sold more units, and took the first steps towards saving the company. The 914 is definitely similar (mid-engined, lower market Porsche), but it had little, if any, influence on the Boxster.

spacecadet (Forum Supporter)
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1/18/21 9:47 a.m.

Something else that's not a sexy detail but is crucial to the success of the Boxster and its revitalization of Porsche was their move to "Just in time" manufacturing as they came out with the Boxster.

This allowed Porsche to heavily cut down on costs so the Boxster was that much more profitable, which helped turn the company around.


350z247 New Reader
1/18/21 10:35 a.m.

In reply to spacecadet (Forum Supporter) :

Yup, a little trick they learned from Toyota if I remember correctly. It's incredible to hear some of the stories of how the Porsche factories use to be run, but I'm sure glad they were willing to change. Ever since the 997.1 GT3, Porsche has been absolutely killing it.

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