Boxster's birthday marked with a new concept-inspired, GTS-based model
By Matt Bird / Tuesday, January 12, 2021 / Loading comments
2021 looks like being a significant year for automotive anniversaries: the Lotus Elise went on sale a quarter of a century ago, the E-Type is 60 and, um, DeLorean production commenced four decades ago. Plus, of course, the Porsche Boxster is 25, with the production version of Porsche's mid-engined saviour launched in August 1996. To mark the occasion, Porsche has launched a new special edition: the Boxster 25.
Limited to 1,250 units globally, the 25 pays homage to the first Boxster concept seen at the Detroit show in 1993. So, the standard spec is GT Silver Metallic with a Bordeaux leather interior and red fabric roof (now embossed with 'Boxster 25'), just as the show car was back then. It even continues with the concept's 'Neodyme' accents for the front apron, unique 20-inch wheels, side air intakes and the lettering. Neodyme, for those that are wondering, is described by Porsche as a "copper-like shimmering hue", and made its debut on the 1993 car. It's now been reinterpreted for the 25, and is compulsory even if buyers deviate from the standard spec; buyers can also have Jet Black or Carrara White paint, as well as switching interior and roof for black. But the Neodyme stays…
The Boxster 25 is based on the 4.0 GTS – imagine if they'd gone for the flat-four – and is fitted with a choice set of upgrades from the extra catalogue. So it gets the Aluminium interior trim package, heated GT leather wheel, Porsche Dynamic Lighting System and 14-way electrically adjustable seats with 'Boxster 25' motifs. Otherwise it's as you were for the standard, rather excellent 4.0-litre flat-six: six-speed manual as standard (with the PDK optional), as well as 10mm lower PASM suspension, a limited-slip diff with Porsche Torque Vectoring and the sports exhaust.
Like it? The Boxster 25 is available to order now, priced from £72,760 – £6k more than the standard 4.0 GTS. Deliveries will follow in the spring, hopefully timed for some better weather and the freedom to be on the road as well. Because there's not much around that beats driving a Boxster, roof down and the sun shining – just as it was in 1996.
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