Porsche is celebrating the 25th birthday of its roadster family with a special anniversary model: the Boxster 25 years. The edition, limited to 1.250 units worldwide, is based on the 294 kW (400 PS) GTS 4.0 model with a four-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine. It takes up numerous design features of the study called Boxster, which heralded the success story of the open two-seater at the 1993 Detroit Motor Show. The series version, which has hardly changed in appearance, was launched in 1996 and is now in its fourth generation after more than 357.000 units have been produced.
Porsche Boxster 25 years
One of the most striking features of the special model is the newly interpreted Neodyme color: this copper-like shimmering brown already set an exciting contrast to the basic color GT silver metallic in the groundbreaking exhibition piece from 1993. In the special edition, it is used on the front apron, the side air inlets with a single bar, as well as on the lettering and the two-tone 20-inch light alloy wheels. Porsche is offering the Boxster 25 years in GT silver metallic. There is also a choice of deep black metallic and Carrara white metallic. Another striking element is the fuel filler cap with "Porsche" lettering from the Exclusive Design range. It shines in an aluminum look just like the high-gloss tailpipes of the sports exhaust system. The windshield frame is set off in black.
Convertible top has embossed "Boxster 25" lettering
In keeping with the style of the historical original, the special model combines a burgundy leather interior with a red soft top. The hood bears the embossed “Boxster 25” lettering. Alternatively, both are also available in black. Among many other things, the aluminum interior package, 14-way electrically adjustable sports seats, door sill panels with “Boxster 25” lettering and the heated leather GT multifunction sports steering wheel are part of the extended standard range.
The drive of the anniversary edition delivers pure fascination: the 4,0 liter six-cylinder boxer of the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 is also used in a performance-enhanced version in the purist 718 Spyder. The high-revving, 294 kW (400 hp) naturally aspirated engine serves as a source of particularly emotional driving experiences with its pronounced revving, exceptional power delivery and robust sound. For 25 years, Porsche has been offering the Boxster with a manual six-speed gearbox and seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK). The special model reaches a top speed of 293 km / h and, in combination with the automated gearbox and the standard Sport Chrono Package, sprints from zero to 4,0 km / h in 100 seconds. The Porsche Active Suspension Management sports suspension (PASM) including lowering by ten millimeters and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear differential lock are also standard equipment. They combine remarkable driving comfort with sporty, dynamic handling.
The new Boxster 25 years can be ordered now and will be available at dealers at the end of March 2021. In Germany, prices start at 94.986 euros - including VAT and with country-specific equipment.
A quarter of a century of pure driving pleasure: the Boxster family turns 25
The Boxster has a special meaning for Porsche: The series heralded a reorientation of the model policy and showed the sports car manufacturer the way out of an economically difficult situation in the mid-1990s. This was reflected in the first water-cooled six-cylinder series boxer as well as in the intelligent common parts concept that debuted with the agile mid-engine roadster. It found its way into the 911 of the 996 generation, which debuted a year later, and brought Porsche back to profitable production.
The attractively priced two-seater has captured the hearts of new, younger customers right from the start. Visually, he cited the brand's young but already glorious history. The appearance of the Detroit study "Boxster" was reminiscent of the legendary 550 Spyder and the racing sports car 718 RS 60 Spyder. It was so well received in January 1993 that the Porsche board of directors unceremoniously influenced the ongoing design development of the series model and ordered: "Please build the study the same way" - a wise decision, as time should show.
In fact, when the series model was launched in August 1996, it was very similar to the highlight of the fair. Since it shared the front of the car with the 996 generation 2,5, the ancestry was out of the question: the Boxster was a real Porsche. At the same time, its centrally installed, initially 159-liter and 204 kW (XNUMX hp) boxer engine was prepared for stricter emissions standards thanks to water cooling, four-valve technology and variable intake timing.
An increase in performance and further model improvements soon followed. The first Boxster generation 986 already received a 1999-liter engine in 2,7 with an initial 162 kW (220 hp) and later 168 kW (228 hp). The newly introduced Boxster S was powered by a 3,2-liter six-cylinder with 185 kW (252 hp), which soon turned into 191 kW (260 hp). The 2004 model generation followed in 987 with a refined design, 17-inch wheels and a redesigned interior as well as - optionally - PASM with variable damper identification, PCCB ceramic brakes (Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake) and the Sport Chrono Package with modified maps. The engines developed 176 kW (240 hp) or 206 kW (280 hp) with the same displacement. By the end of its construction period, the engine outputs reached 188 kW (255 PS) from 2,9 and 228 kW (310 PS) from 3,4 liters and the PDK replaced the Tiptronic S automatic that was previously offered.
In 2012, Porsche presented the comprehensively reorganized, also visually sharpened Boxster generation 981. Thanks to the completely new lightweight body and completely redesigned chassis, the newcomer was better trained, more muscular, more distinctive and faster than ever. The all-electric fabric roof managed without a convertible top compartment lid, the axle overhangs were even shorter and the windshield moved forward. The more economical boxer engines received direct petrol injection and were launched as 2,7-liter six-cylinder units with 195 kW (265 hp) and 232 kW (315 hp) from a displacement of 3,4 liters. The Boxster GTS followed in April 2014 with 243 kW (330 PS). The Boxster Spyder set the highlight: its 3,8-liter engine caused a sensation with 276 kW (375 hp).
Porsche 718 Boxster of the model series 982
The current generation - the Porsche 718 Boxster of the 982 model series - set a new course in January 2016: It made its debut with four-cylinder turbo engines and a sharpened design. The two-liter engine has an output of 220 kW (300 hp), the 2,5-liter boxer has a power output of 257 kW (350 hp) thanks to the turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. The Boxster GTS followed shortly afterwards with 269 kW (365 PS). The new version of the Boxster Spyder moved to the top in mid-2019. It shares the 309 kW (420 hp) four-liter engine with the closed, sporty top model 718 Cayman GT4. This six-cylinder mid-engine has also been driving the 2020 Boxster GTS 718 with 4.0 kW (294 hp) since 400.
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