Porsche is celebrating a production milestone as the production of Boxster and Cayman pass 300,000 units.
300,000 might not sound like a big number, but it is actually a very good record for a sportscar. That said, it took Porsche 15 years to make that much Boxster and Cayman. The celebratory model marking this occasion was a Boxster Spyder with Platinum Silver metallic finish and Carrera red natural leather interior trim for a German customer.
Boxster has always been considered as the underdog, a discount version of the 911 for those who cannot afford the full-fat Porsche. We don’t agree with that. The Boxster has its own character. Alright, so it’s might not be the prettiest sportscar out there, but to drive it is certainly one of the all time greats.We don’t feel the same about the Cayman though, because it’s just a gap-filler in the market between the Boxster and the 911.
Here’s a little history for you:
The Boxster’s origins testify to the typical Porsche blend of capability, courage and farsightedness. In economically straitened times the company decided to go onto the offensive and unveiled a concept car for a classic mid-engine roadster at the 1993 Detroit Motor Show. In its design language, the show car was reminiscent of the 356 »No. 1« and the 550 Spyder. The overwhelming public response clinched the decision to proceed to series production of the Boxster, which began in the summer of 1996.
The model range currently comprises the four open-topped variants, the Boxster, Boxster S, Boxster S Black Edition and Boxster Spyder. These are complemented by the Cayman, Cayman S, Cayman S Black Edition and Cayman R Coupe.