The 987 Boxster had a wide array of wheel and tire options from the factory, none of which took full advantage of the platform. With narrow and heavy wheels there is significant room for performance advancement. Our Flow Formed SM-10 and Forged EC-7RS, VS-5RS, and SM-10RS offer wider and lighter alternatives for the 987 Boxster. Be sure to read up on exactly which 987 Boxster wheels are right for your application in our Porsche 987 Boxster Wheel and Tire Fitment Guide.
The 987 Boxster was an evolution of the 986 model with a host of new features. To this day, it remains one of the best handling vehicles available under 30k. Following the 986 model, the 987 was first unveiled for the 2005 model year. Originally powered by a water cooled 2.7l flat six in the base model and a 3.2l flat six in the S model, both cars saw a nice increase in power and torque. The most noticeable changes in styling included more rounded headlights intended to resemble the Carrera GT along with larger side vents for engine cooling and induction. On the inside, the interior received a complete refresh along with modern features like optional navigation and a more rounded styling theme. Porsche claimed that the new model shared only 20% of its parts with its predecessor.
For the 2007 model year, the Boxster S model received the 3.4l engine first seen in the Cayman S model. This bumped power output to 291 hp resulting from the additional 0.2l of displacement. For the 2009 model year, Porsche gave the 987 platform a major facelift including changes to styling, infotainment and power output. The base model received a larger 2.9l engine pumping out 252 hp while the S model saw a small bump up to 306 hp. These new engines also utilized direct injection and got rid of the pesky IMS bearing entirely. The 987.2 generation also lost the tiptronic S gearbox option in favor of Porsche's new PDK dual clutch transmission. The most notable special edition 987 Boxster was dubbed the RS60 Spyder which focused on all out weight savings and a bump in power.
Just like its older sister the 987 Boxster is exceptionally balanced and corners like nothing else. With modest power by today’s standard in even the quickest models, you’ll have no trouble extracting every drop of performance on track.
While the 987.2 models are considered to be the most reliable, the base models of all years as well as the 2005-2006 “S” models are not known to suffer from the bore scoring issues frequently seen in the 987.1 3.4l engine. While high maintenance costs are somewhat unavoidable when tracking any of Stuttgart’s best, the low cost entry makes this generation somewhat of a bargain. Beefy roll hoops are present which should allow for the average height driver to easily pass the “broomstick” test at your local track day. As with any Porsche models, a wider set of 987 Boxster wheels will go a long way in increasing grip and drastically lowering lap times.
Incase you’re in the market and questioning if a Boxster is right for you instead of a pricier 997 911, checkout the comparison article linked below from Evo Magazine: Porsche 987 Boxster S vs Porsche 997 Carrera Mk1 (Evo Mag)
* Designed to fit Porsche 5x130mm center caps
Our new forgings weigh as much as 120 pounds before machining. To form such a thick blank we require special equipment capable of 10,000 metric tons of pressure. This extreme pressure increases the strength of the aluminum by eliminating porosity and improving the grain structure.
Many companies use 3rd-party blanks intended for non-motorsport wheels which can severely limit sizes, concavity, spoke design, and critical brake clearance. We designed our very own blank profiles from scratch to give us total control over the final product.
One of the most significant upgrades to the EC-7RS is the addition of wider and deeper side-milled spokes. Any excess material that doesn’t add strength is carved out using a precision CNC ball cutter. Side-milling is often deemed cost-prohibitive by others, but for true performance without compromise we believe it's essential.
Our forged Sprint™ wheels are lightweight without the strength compromises found on typical lightweight wheels. First, we carved out as much material as possible, then we purposefully added one pound back to reinforce critical areas, creating a stronger inner lip and a higher load rating.² What’s the point of a lightweight wheel if it’s fragile?
We conducted extensive Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to reinforce high-stress areas and to remove material where it didn’t improve strength. The result is a wheel that is exceptionally light without the strength compromises found on typical lightweight wheels.²
We don't rely solely on computer simulations or unverifiable in-house testing. We believe independent testing is critical to protect consumers in this unregulated industry. We chose STL, an independent lab in Ohio, to test our Sprint™ wheels far above JWL standards, including increases in testing duration, impact drop height, and total load.
Introducing the Sprint™ spec inner lip, with a unique channel profile that makes it even stronger than our previous designs. So even though our Sprint™ wheels are pounds lighter than comparable flow formed wheels, the inner lip is stronger.
than our flow formed wheels3
From day one, APEX has been on a mission to build wheels that clear big brakes. Our new forged wheels are the product of everything we’ve developed over the past 10+ years, including an innovative high-clearance barrel design and vehicle-specific spoke profiles.
Our new forgings were redesigned to create extra deep, concave spoke profiles. Their new shape allows us to make any profile, from flat to deep and everything in between. Each one is optimized for a specific application using 3D laser scans of factory and aftermarket brake kits.
Whether it's a day at the track or months of street driving, repeated hard braking and acceleration can make a tire slip along the bead seat and go out of balance, causing vibration. Knurled beads help, but are less effective when painted over. Our forged line features unpainted knurled beads that stay sharp and maximize grip.
Track wheels need track tools. Don’t settle for wheels that require undersized tuner lugs or thin walled sockets. All APEX wheels accommodate over-sized race lugs and impact sockets to make swapping wheels lightning fast.
Socket Diameter Clearance
As track enthusiasts ourselves, we know how frustrating it is to try to locate and decipher wheel specs that have been hastily hammered into the rim or become unreadable over time. With our new Sprint™ wheels, we chose to invest a little extra and laser-engrave the specs on the barrel, in plain sight, making them easy to find and read. (You’re welcome.)
All EC-7RS wheels are purpose built for select vehicle applications. Very few applications require centering rings.
All APEX wheels come with our gloss black cap included that is interchangeable with the OE cap. We also offer additional colors for select fitments.
APEX wheels can be used with all OEM mounting hardware, proper aftermarket hardware and most wheel spacers. Wheel locks and stud conversion kits also work perfectly.
All APEX wheels accept OEM and aftermarket Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors and standard fit valve stems. If you don’t have sensors, then select from our metal stems available in multiple finishes.
All Apex Wheels come with a
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workmanship and materials, plus a 1 year finish warranty.
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