1996 doesn't feel that long ago.
It may sound hard to believe but it's been 25 years since the original 986 Porsche Boxster hit the pavement. Although it has retained its mid-engine, two-seater formula the entire time, many other things have changed. To celebrate the occasion, Porsche has just revealed a special edition anniversary model collectors and Porsche fans in general will highly desire.
Meet the very appropriately named Porsche 718 Boxster 25. Although it's a styling package only, designers took inspiration from the original Boxster concept that debuted at the 1993 Detroit Auto Show. Painted in GT Silver Metallic (Deep Black Metallic and Carrera White Metallic are also offered), Porsche is paying tribute to that original Boxster concept with the copper-like Neodyme color used on the front apron, side air intakes, 'Porsche' lettering, and the two-tone 20-inch alloy wheels.
The fuel filler cap features fancy Porsche script while the high-gloss tailpipes and windscreen are finished in black. The red fabric top has embossed "Boxster 25" lettering.
Stepping inside there are 14-way electronically adjustable sport seats covered in Bordeaux leather (black seats and fabric top are optional), brushed aluminum trim, door sill trims and gauges with the same 25 edition lettering, and a heated GT sports steering wheel. On the passenger side, there's another "Boxster 25" label with the vehicle's production number. Just 1,250 examples are planned.
The Boxster 25 is essentially the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0, meaning power comes from the delightful naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six rated at 394 horsepower and paired to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Those who opt for the PDK and Sport Chrono package will experience a top speed of 182 mph and a 0-62 sprint time of four seconds flat. Additional standard equipment includes the Porsche Active Suspension Management sports suspension and torque vectoring mechanical limited-slip differential.
Porsche is now accepting orders with dealership deliveries set to begin towards the end of March. Pricing starts at $98,600.