New or Significantly Altered Models

1997 Porsche Boxster
The Boxster is one of the most talked about new models of 1997. It is significant because it represents the first completely new sports car from Porsche in 19 years. The Boxster is a mid-engine roadster with an all-new water-cooled 24-valve 2.5-liter 6-cylinder boxer motor that produces 204hp. The Boxster is rear wheel drive and can be bought with either the standard 5-speed or the optional Tiptronic S system. The Boxster's top is electronically operated. Tires are 205/50ZR16 (front) and 225/50ZR16 (rear). 17-inch wheels are optional.

Mostly Unchanged

1997 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
1997 Porsche 911 coupe
1997 Porsche 911 Targa
1997 Porsche 911 Turbo coupe
There are 5 body styles and six models of the 911 for 1997 making 9 possible versions of the 911. All are virtually unchanged for 1997. The big news is the Boxster.