Porsche 986 Boxster
When the Porsche 986 Boxster was first released it was a big deal. Up until the Boxster most entry level Porsches had close ties to Volkswagen or Audi.
The 912 originally was all Porsche, using an engine based on the outgoing 356 and a body nearly identical to the 911. However, the 912 E that filled the production gap between the end of 914 production and the start of 924 used a VW engine. For those critical of entry level Porsches, this gave some ammunition.
The 914 used a Volkswagen sourced air-cooled flat-four. Sure the 914/6 received an engine sourced from the 911, but the image of the car as a true Porsche was called into question from critics.
The 924 was very similar to the 914 as far as image was concerned. It was originally going to be sold as a Volkswagen with Porsche designing the sports car. When VW decided not to produce the car Porsche bought back the design and sold it as a Porsche. It retained its Audi / VW engine which made many comment that it wasn’t a “real” Porsche. While the following 944 and 968 received Porsche engines, they still had a clear bloodline to the 924, which caused critics to often lump them in the same boat.
The Porsche Boxster on the other hand was designed as a Porsche from the very beginning. It had a flat-six engine sitting behind the seats and it shared many parts with the 996 that was introduced not long after the 986 Boxster.
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