Engine Porsche M96.26

The 3.2-liter boxer Porsche M96.26 engine was produced by the concern from 2004 to 2006 and was installed on the second-generation Boxster S cabriolets in the back of the 987 of the first years of production. There was a 3.2-liter modification of such a power unit with its index M96.25.

Engines of M96-line: M96.20, M96.22, M96.26.


Production years 2004-2006
Displacement, cc 3179
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 280
Torque output, Nm 320
Cylinder block aluminum H6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 93
Piston stroke, mm 78
Compression ratio 11.0
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator VarioCam Plus
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 7.75
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Porsche Boxster S 2005)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~230 000
Weight, kg 181

The engine was installed on:

  • Porsche Boxster 2 (987) in 2004 – 2006.

Disadvantages of the Porsche M96.26 engine

  • A known problem with this series of motors is the intermediate shaft bearing;
  • And the unit is very picky about lubrication and the liners turn often;
  • Closely monitor the condition of the cooling system, especially the water pump;
  • Timing chain resource rarely exceeds 150,000 km;
  • Weaknesses here also include ignition coils, an oil separator and a coolant temperature sensor.

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