Until the latest Porsche Boxster Spyder made its debut, a Boxster with a 911 engine was like a unicorn. It seemed like it would be a thing of beauty, but was something that we would never see. The mid-engined sports car has the platform that can handle the added power, but the pecking order kept it from stepping on its big brother’s toes.
Bill Diaz decided to take his 1998 986 to make it just that back in 2007. What he ended up with was a car with a 996 3.4-liter flat six sitting in the middle instead of the back. With a bit of tuning the power plant offers 320 horsepower.
The 0-60 mph time for the modified Porsche has dropped to 4.4 seconds which is about 2 seconds faster than the old 2.5-liter engine. Beyond giving the roadster a new heart, he added bigger 911 brakes, Euro spec M30 suspension, modified Boxster Sexhaust and a 6-speed transmission from a Cayman S.
Out friend Matt Farah checks out this powerful Boxster. While by today’s high standards it won’t knock your socks off, it is well tuned and is plenty fast. Bill did quite a job with it, making it perform very well and yet keep the balance and feel that the Boxster is known for.
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