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I just bought my first Porsche, a 2006 boxster w/trip. Unfortunatly I also went the cheap route and did not go for the S model. Is there anything on the market that will allow me to increase my overall performance? Motor mods, air intakes, or am I just stuck with what I have? Any feedback would be helpfull. I also was wondering about changing my stock 17" wheels to the 19" sport wheels. What is the right choice. My only reason for wheel change would be for the look.

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I just bought my first Porsche, a 2006 boxster w/trip. Unfortunatly I also went the cheap route and did not go for the S model. Is there anything on the market that will allow me to increase my overall performance? Motor mods, air intakes, or am I just stuck with what I have? Any feedback would be helpfull. I also was wondering about changing my stock 17" wheels to the 19" sport wheels. What is the right choice. My only reason for wheel change would be for the look.

Theres no easy way to get more power in the Boxster....... you could get it chipped (around 10bhp gain and $1000+), change the air filter for a performance version (1-2bhp gain), go for a sports exhaust (maybe 5bhp).

When you say you have a Boxster with trip I assume you mean its a TIPtronic rather than it has a trip computer? :P If you want a noticable performance gain you could sell the Tip and get a manual as the manual is quite a bit quicker......

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The cheapest and most cost effective way I've found to get any significant power gain out of a 987 is to trade it in for a 997. Base for base, S for S.

The biggest "mod" out there seems to be a 3.8l swap out of the 997S. This will set you back anywhere from $25k to $50k. Well worth the investment in the 997S if you ask me (50k engine swap + 50k cost of car OR ... a car that doesn't need the engine swapped).

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I just bought my first Porsche, a 2006 boxster w/trip. Unfortunatly I also went the cheap route and did not go for the S model. Is there anything on the market that will allow me to increase my overall performance? Motor mods, air intakes, or am I just stuck with what I have? Any feedback would be helpfull. I also was wondering about changing my stock 17" wheels to the 19" sport wheels. What is the right choice. My only reason for wheel change would be for the look.

Theres no easy way to get more power in the Boxster....... you could get it chipped (around 10bhp gain and $1000+), change the air filter for a performance version (1-2bhp gain), go for a sports exhaust (maybe 5bhp).

When you say you have a Boxster with trip I assume you mean its a TIPtronic rather than it has a trip computer? :P If you want a noticable performance gain you could sell the Tip and get a manual as the manual is quite a bit quicker......

Thanks for the feedback. Like I said I am new to the Porsche community and you are correct I ment to say TIPtronic. In you opion if I made all the mods you suggested I would assume to be around $5000 + . Is this extra 15 to 16 bhp going to be noticable?

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I just bought my first Porsche, a 2006 boxster w/trip. Unfortunatly I also went the cheap route and did not go for the S model. Is there anything on the market that will allow me to increase my overall performance? Motor mods, air intakes, or am I just stuck with what I have? Any feedback would be helpfull. I also was wondering about changing my stock 17" wheels to the 19" sport wheels. What is the right choice. My only reason for wheel change would be for the look.

Theres no easy way to get more power in the Boxster....... you could get it chipped (around 10bhp gain and $1000+), change the air filter for a performance version (1-2bhp gain), go for a sports exhaust (maybe 5bhp).

When you say you have a Boxster with trip I assume you mean its a TIPtronic rather than it has a trip computer? :P If you want a noticable performance gain you could sell the Tip and get a manual as the manual is quite a bit quicker......

Thanks for the feedback. Like I said I am new to the Porsche community and you are correct I ment to say TIPtronic. In you opion if I made all the mods you suggested I would assume to be around $5000 + . Is this extra 15 to 16 bhp going to be noticable?

Will an extra 15-20bhp be noticable? yes but not much..... getting the car chipped (ECU remap) will also usually give you better low down torque..... this will probably be more noticable than the extra horses. I suspect the difference in performance between a standard manual and tip would be more noticable than 20bhp. E.g on paper the manual 987 2.7 Box is as quick as the 987 3.2S tiptronic even though it has 40bhp less........

To be honest the Boxster is more about handling than power so my opinion is that you may be wasting your money....... also don't forget that when you sell the car most Porsche buyers won't like a modified car unless you use Porsche parts.

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mfried, you should invest your money in learning to really "drive" your new car! There is a lot more unharnessed potential in your car then you are actually using. Join the PCA and then join your local region. Then enter some of the autocross and DE events...and then you'll learn to "release the beast" in your 987. Good luck!

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I just bought my first Porsche, a 2006 boxster w/trip. Unfortunatly I also went the cheap route and did not go for the S model. Is there anything on the market that will allow me to increase my overall performance? Motor mods, air intakes, or am I just stuck with what I have? Any feedback would be helpfull. I also was wondering about changing my stock 17" wheels to the 19" sport wheels. What is the right choice. My only reason for wheel change would be for the look.

Theres no easy way to get more power in the Boxster....... you could get it chipped (around 10bhp gain and $1000+), change the air filter for a performance version (1-2bhp gain), go for a sports exhaust (maybe 5bhp).

When you say you have a Boxster with trip I assume you mean its a TIPtronic rather than it has a trip computer? :P If you want a noticable performance gain you could sell the Tip and get a manual as the manual is quite a bit quicker......

Thanks for the feedback. Like I said I am new to the Porsche community and you are correct I ment to say TIPtronic. In you opion if I made all the mods you suggested I would assume to be around $5000 + . Is this extra 15 to 16 bhp going to be noticable?

Will an extra 15-20bhp be noticable? yes but not much..... getting the car chipped (ECU remap) will also usually give you better low down torque..... this will probably be more noticable than the extra horses. I suspect the difference in performance between a standard manual and tip would be more noticable than 20bhp. E.g on paper the manual 987 2.7 Box is as quick as the 987 3.2S tiptronic even though it has 40bhp less........

To be honest the Boxster is more about handling than power so my opinion is that you may be wasting your money....... also don't forget that when you sell the car most Porsche buyers won't like a modified car unless you use Porsche parts.

That make a lot of sense. Looks like I will be leaving things as is.

mfried, you should invest your money in learning to really "drive" your new car! There is a lot more unharnessed potential in your car then you are actually using. Join the PCA and then join your local region. Then enter some of the autocross and DE events...and then you'll learn to "release the beast" in your 987. Good luck!

This sounds like a great idea. This site is great I appreciate all the feedback from all. After enter some events with a club I will fill you in.

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