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Porsche quietly unveils new Black Edition 911 and Boxster models [UPDATE]

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

[UPDATE: Scroll down for pricing and Porsche's press release.]

Yesterday when I visited Porsche's US website, I saw that five new model variations had been added to the list: four 911 Black Editions and one Boxster Black Edition. Only base models will get the special treatment, which should be thought of as a bargain-priced high-end trim package — you would spend more money optioning a "regular" Carrera or Boxster to the same specfications.

Though the new Porsches are listed on the automaker's US website, prices have yet to be announced, and there has been word from other media outlets that the Black Editions may not be sold here. We reached out to Porsche and a representative said Black Editions will be sold in North America and more details will be coming soon.

Here's what we know now. If you go for a 911, there's a choice between the rear-wheel-drive Carrera or Carrera Cabriolet, or the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 or Carrera 4 Cabriolet. Seven-speed manual and automatic transmissions are offered. They're equipped wit the 3.4-liter 350-horsepower flat six — enough power to acclerate a Carrera Black Edition coupe with the automatic transmission and Sport Chrono package from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds. Look at the list below to see standard equipment and options for the Carrera Black Edition:

  • Exterior paint in black; Jet Black Metallic as an option
  • Black roof (Cabriolet models only)
  • Side window trims in aluminum (optional for the Coupé models)
  • LED headlights including PDLS+
  • 20-inch 911 Turbo wheels
  • ‘911’ logo on rear
  • Door sill guards with ‘Black Edition’ logo
  • Black interior
  • seven-speed manual transmission; seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) optional
  • SportDesign steering wheel
  • Porsche crest on headrests
  • ParkAssist front and rear including reversing camera
  • Bose audio package:
    • Bose Surround Sound System
    • SiriusXM® & HD radio
    • Online services
  • Premium package:
    • Sport seats (14-way, electric)
    • Seat heating
    • Automatically dimming mirrors

Go for the mid-engined, 265-hp Boxster and you'll get much of the same equipment:

  • Exterior paint in black; Jet Black Metallic as an option
  • Black roof
  • Wind deflector
  • Roll-over bars painted in the exterior color
  • Bi-Xenon™ headlights including PDLS
  • 20-inch Carrera Classic wheels
  • ‘Boxster’ model designation on the rear
  • Door sill guards with ‘Black Edition’ logo
  • Black interior
  • 6-speed manual transmission; 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) as an option
  • Partial leather seats
  • Porsche Crest on headrests
  • Seat heating
  • SportDesign steering wheel
  • ParkAssist front and rear
  • Automatically dimming mirrors with integrated rain sensor
  • Two-zone automatic climate control
  • Porsche Communication Management including navigation module
  • Sound Package Plus

We'll update this post with more information soon.

UPDATE: See pricing for Black Edition models below (excludes $995 destination charge):

  • Boxster Black Edition:                                                                                    $59,100
  • 911 Carrera Black Edition:                                                                             $88,800
  • 911 Carrera 4 Black Edition:                                                                          $94,800
  • 911 Carrera Cabriolet Black Edition:                                                              $98,500
  • 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet Black Edition:                                                           $104,600

Porsche Press Release

Exclusive editions of 2016 Porsche Boxster and 911 Carrera in classic color combination
In elegant black: Porsche 911 Carrera and Boxster Black Editions
Atlanta. Porsche has created a special model of the 911 Carrera and Boxster: the Black Edition. The combination of black exterior and interior emphasizes the timeless, classy elegance of each sports car. As the name indicates, Black paint is standard, while Jet Black Metallic is available as an option. Standard equipment on the 911 Carrera and Boxster Black Edition models has been enhanced in regards to the wheels, headlights, and sound system while additional equipment has been included such as the Sport Design steering wheel, door sill guards with Black Edition logo, heated seats, auto dimming rear-view mirrors, and the headrests are embossed with the Porsche Crest.

The 911 Carrera Black Edition is based on the standard model with a 3.4 liter flat-six engine developing 350 hp. It is offered in coupé and convertible versions with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Standard features on the Black Edition include 20-inch 911 Turbo wheels, LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS+), as well as Park Assist at the front and rear with a reversing camera. The black interior promotes a sophisticated look. The driver and passenger sit on heated sports seats, and the standard Bose® Surround Sound System provides excellent sound quality.

The Boxster Black Edition is equally attractive. The mid-engine roadster is powered by the 2.7 liter flat-six engine with 265 hp. Its color concept remains consistent with the soft top and supplemental safety bar which are both finished in black. The wind deflector reduces undesirable turbulence when the soft top is down. 20-inch Carrera Classic wheels and the Bi-Xenon™ headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) set distinctive highlights, while standard two-zone air conditioning and heated seats provide a higher level of comfort for both driver and passenger. The Porsche Communication Management system with navigation, the upgraded Sound Package Plus audio system and Park Assist for front and rear are also included as standard features on the Boxster Black Edition.

All five Black Edition models are now on sale in the United States and are set to arrive at dealers the end of July. Prices excluding the destination charge of $995 are:

Boxster Black Edition:                                                                                    $59,100
911 Carrera Black Edition:                                                                             $88,800
911 Carrera 4 Black Edition:                                                                          $94,800
911 Carrera Cabriolet Black Edition:                                                              $98,500
911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet Black Edition:                                                           $104,600

Source: Porsche
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