Ready to feel old? The Porsche Boxster has been around for a quarter of a century.
To celebrate, Porsche has created the Boxster 25 Years. Based on a 2021 Boxster GTS, the 25 Years is a stunning homage to the 1993 concept that led to the original Boxster’s creation.
Just 1250 will be built worldwide, and order books are open in Australia ahead of an April arrival.
Pricing kicks off at $183,900 before on-road costs in Australia, up $9500 on the regular Boxster GTS.
The most overt link between the 2021 Boxster special and the 1993 concept are the five-spoke wheels, which are finished in copper-like Neodyme and silver.
That same copper-like colour also features on the exterior, where it contrasts with the standard GT Silver Metallic paint to highlight the details on the front apron and side intakes, while the exhaust and fuel filler are finished in silver.
Although you can have Deep Black Metallic and Carrara White Metallic for the 25 Years, opting for anything other than silver feels a bit wrong.
To match the original Boxster concept, the interior is finished with Bordeaux Red leather and topped by a red fabric soft top. The roof has Boxster 25 lettering embossed, which matches the unique door sills fitted to the limited-edition car.
Standard equipment atop the regular Boxster GTS includes 14-way powered sports seats and a heated GT steering wheel. Kit already included in the GTS such as torque vectoring, a 10mm lower PASM suspension setup, and the Sport Chrono package carry over.
In Australia, the Boxster 25 Years will also have auto-dimming rear mirrors, heated seats, lane-change assist, cruise control, parking sensors and a reversing camera, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay, and DAB+ digital radio.
Power comes from a 4.0-litre flat-six engine making 294kW of power and 420Nm of torque, sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 100km/h sprint takes a claimed four seconds with the PDK and Sport Chrono package, and flat out you’ll be doing 293km/h.
Porsche has sold more than 357,000 examples of the Boxster since its launch in 1996, but the car’s future as a petrol-powered, mid-engined alternative to the 911 isn’t secured.
“Can I imagine an electric 911? No, not really,” Frank-Steffen Walliser, vice-president of the Porsche 911 and 718 model lines, told Australian media.
But Mr Walliser hinted the 718 Cayman and Boxster could be reborn with electric power in 2026.
Asked whether the next-generation base 718 could feature a flat-six instead of the current turbo four, he said the 2026 car, which will need to meet a fresh wave of European emissions regulations, “could be way more different. We have more options”.
Prompted on whether electric power was on table, he laughed and said it “would be one” of the options. Mr Walliser ruled out diesel, leaving petrol, hybrid, and pure-electric power on the table.