We know it’s been a while since Porsche introduced the original Boxster, but it’s hard to believe that it's actually been 25 years. To celebrate 25 years of Boxster production, Porsche has unveiled a limited-edition anniversary model called the Boxster 25 Years.
It is probably safe to say that the original Boxster has aged quite well, and that it’s driving dynamics are still top notch. It did receive unfair commentary from contemporary journalists of the day, as well as from car enthusiasts – saying that it was a “poor man’s 911,” or that it was a bit too feminine in its looks. However, it proved that it could stand on its own in terms of being a sports car, and has managed to create its own identity – it’s no longer the car that is trying to live up to the 911.
The Boxster 25 Years is based on the rather good 718 Boxster GTS 4.0, and it will be limited to 1,250 units. It comes with the same naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six engine as the GTS, and is good for 400hp and 420Nm of torque. You get a choice of two gearboxes; a six-speed manual or a seven-speed double-clutch automatic (PDK).
As for performance, it will accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in four seconds, while its top speed is 293km/h. It also gets Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical limited-slip differential.
The Boxster 25 Years has taken some design cues from the 1993 Boxster concept car shown at the Detroit Motor Show, with the most obvious one being those nice-looking two-tone 20-inch wheels. With 357,000 units sold in 25 years of production, the Boxster has proven to be a success.
Porsche is asking for 94,986 euros for the Boxster 25 Years, which is some 10,000 euros more than the GTS 4.0 in Germany. Order books are now open, with deliveries expected for March 2021.
Written by Alex Kisiri