Inspired by a concept shown at the 1993 Detroit Motor Show, Porsche showcased the production model in 1996 as a new two-seat drop-top that became the ‘purest’ of all of the German brand’s sports cars.
After several generations – along with 357,000 built – Porsche is now marking its birthday with the new Boxster 25 Years, which takes cues from the model’s past.
Based on the ‘GTS 4.0’ model, this new edition gets special details painted in a colour called ‘Neodyme’ – as seen on the 1993 concept – including to the front apron, side air intakes and badging. Main metallic body colours on offer include GT Silver, Jet Back and Carrara White, while unique two-tone 20-inch alloy wheels also make it stand out from a standard Boxster.
In a similar vein to the original, the 25 Years gets a red leather interior with a matching-coloured fabric roof, which also has special anniversary lettering. Special ‘Boxster 25’ logos appear throughout the cabin, while the model comes with additional kit on top of the standard car – including electric sports seats, LED headlights, a ‘GT’ steering wheel and front and rear parking sensors.
As mentioned earlier, the 25 Years edition is based on Porsche’s latest GTS 4.0 model, which uses a 4.0-litre flat-six petrol engine derived from the flagship Boxster Spyder. It produces 395bhp and can reach 0-60mph in under four seconds and hit a claimed top speed of 182mph. Both six-speed manual and eight-speed PDK automatic gearboxes are available, with power being sent to the rear wheels.
Just 1,250 Porsche Boxster 25 Years editions will be revealed, with prices starting from £72,760 – a £6,000 increase on the standard GTS. Order books are now open, with first deliveries expected in the Spring.