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718 Boxster 25 Years celebrates a quarter century of Porsche's mid-engined roadster

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Article by Damon Lowney
Photos courtesy Porsche

Over the course of a model’s life, Porsche usually releases a bevy of limited-editions, yet the 718 line has been mostly bereft of anything outside the regular models. Yesterday the automaker announced the 718 Boxster 25 Years edition, based on the GTS 4.0, which has a tasteful combination of unique exterior and design cues as well as standard performance equipment. Oh, and only 1,250 will be offered worldwide.

Above: 1993 Boxster Concept (left) and 718 Boxster 25 Years.

We can only think of one special-edition 718, the Cayman GT4 Sports Cup Edition, and while we’re sure it was great to drive, its boy-racer styling surely would attract a lot of the wrong attention on the road. The Boxster 25 Years, on the other hand, is handsome creation that was inspired by the 1993 Boxster Concept from the Detroit International Auto Show.

And because it’s based on the GTS 4.0, it gets a glorious naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat six that makes 394 horsepower. VMAX is 182 miles per hour, reached with the standard six-speed manual transmission. If acceleration is your thing, then opt for the dual-clutch PDK automatic. Paired with the optional Sport Chrono pack, it’ll do 0-60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds, according to Porsche.

The most noticeable difference on the Boxster 25 compared to other 718s is the set of unique 20-inch two-tone wheels with wheel centers painted in Neodyme (a copper-gold-like color) and polished rims. While the concept had the same wheel color scheme, it rode on three-piece Speedlines rather than a new wheel design. +1 to the Boxster 25.

The Boxster 25 rides on those wheels with standard PASM suspension (active dampers) that lowers the car by 10 millimeters compared to the standard 718 Boxster. Sport PASM is optional, lowering the car another 10 mm.

Like the concept, the Boxster 25 comes standard with GT Silver Metallic paint, though buyers may opt for Carrara White or Jet Black Metallic. The roadster soft top is red with Boxster 25 embossed into it, though a black top is also an option. The fuel filler cap is an Exclusive Design item with Boxster 25 script and painted in an aluminum color. The exhaust tips are also painted in aluminum.

Inside, a Bordeaux Red interior greets driver and passenger, though a black interior can be substituted (why do that when the Bordeaux looks so nice?). The standard interior package includes brushed aluminum trim, 14-way adjustable sport seats, door sills with Boxster 25 script, and a heated GT Sport leather steering wheel.

While we try not to weigh too heavily with our opinions of Porsche styling in news reports, this writer thinks the Boxster 25 is the best-looking Boxster in recent memory due to the combnination of the Neodyme wheels, silver exterior, and red top and interior. It’s just a bit more than understated, enough to set the car apart from other 718s, but not enough to attract the attention of the highway patrol. Just how I like it.

The 718 Boxster 25 Years starts at $98,600, excluding the $1,350 delivery, processing, and handling fee. Porsche says the car is available to order now, and is expected to arrive in showrooms in the spring.

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