Porsche are celebrating the mid-engined sports car that saved it from bankruptcy with an anniversary model: the Boxster 25 years…
It’s easy to forget Porsche was in financial dire straits in the early 90s with sales dropping quicker than a half-mast Crop Top from around 60,000 units in 86/87 to less than 14,000 in 92/93 prompting a major rethink from the deluded German boardroom.
The result was a water-cooled six-cylinder mid-engined roadster that drew its inspiration from the illustrious 550 Spyder, finding it’s way into the 911 of the 996 generation.
Those difficult economic times soon became a distant nightmare as the open-top two-seater Boxster concept was unveiled at the 1993 Detroit Motor Show and the production version launched two years later in 1996.
With hardly any changes in its visual appearance and sharing its front end with the 996 generation 911, the Boxster’s lineage is never questioned. It was also an instant hit with a young and more affluent audience with a price tag that wouldn’t empty an already healthy bank account.
Fast forward a quarter of a century and the successful Boxster is now in its fourth generation boasting sales of more than 357,000 units.
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Production of the latest Boxster will be strictly limited to 1,250 units worldwide and based on the GTS 4.0 model, which is powered by a 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine with 294 kW (400 PS) – the same higher-power unit used In the 718 Spyder.
In a bid to stand out from the 911 crowd, a Neodyme copper-like gold has been applied to the front inserts, lettering, side air intakes and two-tone 20-inch alloy wheels, giving the car some much-needed contrast.
And, just in case you’ve become disillusioned because everything seems to be either grey or silver these days, Porsche is also offering the Boxster 25 years in Deep Black Metallic and Carrara White Metallic. You can also smile every time your pride and joy needs a refill – the filler cap has ‘Porsche’ neatly embossed on it from the Exclusive Design range.
Careful not to annoy the purist too much, designers have kept at least one eye on the original interior, making use of a rich Bordeaux leather with matching red fabric convertible top which also has the ‘Boxster 25’ lettering on it to impress the usual critics and snipers.
The special-edition model is no slouch either with a top speed of 293 km/h and capable of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in just four seconds.
Prices start at £72,760, so be quick if you want some nifty gold wheels!