Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-12-2017, 11:21 PM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Canberra
Posts: 3
Engine Swap Options

Hey, long time reader, first time poster. Recently have been looking at buying a 2003 Boxster S. Namely because it has a decent stock engine, 2 seats and is lightweight. However, I like to know my options as far as increasing power goes. I have read thus far that engine swaps are usually the go-to for these cars as the 987 engine is similar in size and can easily be transplanted in.

What about turbo engines, something small like an SR20? Thanks for the input (:

jonrules12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 01:00 AM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Western Australia
Posts: 93
Im going audi 4.2 v8, I have a 40v 01 a6 to use, good info and simple install on a FB page, v8 Audi boxster
rusty69911 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 04:25 AM   #3
"50 Years of 550 Spyder"
 
10/10ths's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: The Road
Posts: 817
No.

These are not drag cars. They are geared for the Autobahn. If you want a more powerful Boxster, just ship her to Flat 6 Innovations and have them build you a 400hp engine. Simple.


Or buy a Corvette.
__________________
550 SE #310---"It's more fun to drive a slow car fast, than a fast car slow."
10/10ths is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 07:39 AM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Canberra
Posts: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by 10/10ths View Post
These are not drag cars. They are geared for the Autobahn. If you want a more powerful Boxster, just ship her to Flat 6 Innovations and have them build you a 400hp engine. Simple.


Or buy a Corvette.
I mean, forgive me but I like to have fun with my car. I understand that out of the factory cars are tuned to different settings but I never said I wanted to make the car fast in a straight line. I will look into flat 6 innovations though!
jonrules12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 07:41 AM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Canberra
Posts: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by rusty69911 View Post
Im going audi 4.2 v8, I have a 40v 01 a6 to use, good info and simple install on a FB page, v8 Audi boxster

Thanks man I will look into it although I cant seem to find the FB page.
jonrules12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 08:51 AM   #6
Registered User
 
Perfectlap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 8,709
Take your Boxster S to your local track. You will not think it underpowered after that day. That's true even with the 2.5 Boxster. These cars have more than enough power to put you up a tree if you don't know what your doing.

If you want to make it quicker, I would suggest putting the money into lighter wheels (the OZ Allergitas were popular) some sticky r comp rubber, swapping the stock seats with GT3 seats and gutting the interior ala Boxster Spec racing.
__________________
GT3 Recaro Seats - Boxster Red
GT3 Aero / Carrera 18" 5 spoke / Potenza RE-11
Fabspeed Headers & Noise Maker
BORN: March 2000 - FINLAND
IMS#1 REPLACED: April 2010 - NEW JERSEY -- LNE DUAL ROW

Last edited by Perfectlap; 07-13-2017 at 08:53 AM.
Perfectlap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 09:34 AM   #7
Registered User
 
fridsten's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Posts: 252
Quote:
Originally Posted by Perfectlap View Post
Take your Boxster S to your local track. You will not think it underpowered after that day. That's true even with the 2.5 Boxster. These cars have more than enough power to put you up a tree if you don't know what your doing.
I'm not so sure that I agree with you there...
I've taken my 2.5 to a few tracks here in Sweden, and I usually find myself wanting more power on the straights. In the corners I can keep up with most of the other cars, well except for GT3s, GT4s and Turbos, but the pretty much the rest. The annoying thing, though, is that when I catch up with a more powerful car, they just take off on the straight. Two corners later, I'm back on their tail...

Since I only drive with Porsche Club Sweden, and not in one of the advanced groups, there's no overtaking in the corners. This means that I'm usually glued to the other cars tail for a few laps before they realize that they're blocking me and let me pass.
fridsten is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 09:55 AM   #8
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: SE USA
Posts: 232
Perfectlap is correct. None of the 986's, base or S, are fast cars. Look elsewhere. They are built to maximize their handling potential and were purposefully choked down on power to limit competition with the 911's of their day.

The 2.5's, while some consider underpowered, have plenty of potential as witnessed by the myriad of competing spec Boxsters. And, in the right hands can be devastating to more powerful cars who are driven by the hands of less capable drivers.

Many on here have said before and are correct, find the best condition car you can and learn to drive it well. Some of the best professional race car drivers will tell you that HP, while important, actually contributes less than many other variables that go into making a good race car. That is unless you are going to drag race this thing.

Good luck in your search.
Jgkram is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 02:20 PM   #9
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Cardiff, UK
Posts: 74
I've got an Audi 2.7t V6 turbo in mine. Expecting around 550bhp when I get it mapped.

Escy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
swap


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page