• Aug 4th 2008 at 9:28AM
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Click above for high-res gallery of the new special ed Boxster

With both the Boxster RS 60 Spyder and Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1 already sold out, Porsche is moving on to its next pair of special edition mid-engine sportscars. Both of the new exclusive models feature a boost of a modest eight horsepower, but what differentiates them from their standard stablemates is more in the trim.

The Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 2 is now decked out in Carrara White, from the exterior body color and the 19" SportDesign wheels to the center console and instrument faces. Grey racing stripes and a grey roof with black leather, meanwhile, complement the white theme.

The Cayman S Sport takes more of a "GT3 Junior" approach. The car comes standard in either orange or bright green, with the scripted name popping out of the retro black stripe on the lower flank, which is complemented by black wheels, black sideview mirrors and a blacked-out interior. (Black, red, yellow, white and silver are also available for the exterior color.) The Cayman S Sport also comes standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), a sports exhaust system, Alcantara grip trim, bi-xenon headlamps, the Sports Chrono Package and sports seats, and the ride height is dropped by fifteen millimeters.

Only 500 examples of the Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 2 will be offered, along with 700 units of the Cayman S Sport. Check out the images in the gallery below and the press release after the jump for all the angles.

[Source: Porsche]


Porsche Extends Range of Mid-Engined Sports Cars
More Power for Exclusive Boxster and Cayman Models

Stuttgart. Introducing two new models, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, are rounding off their range of dynamic mid-engined sports cars at the top. The two new models, the Porsche Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 2 and the Cayman S Sport, develop 303 bhp (223 kW) from 3.4 litres, eight horsepower more than the respective S models.

Both new models come with a wide range of exclusive equipment highlighted by the particularly striking design of the car and will be available at the dealership as of early September.

With the Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1 and the Boxster RS 60 Spyder special series now completely sold out, Porsche are entering the market with new special models based on the prize-winning Boxster S and Cayman S. Only a few weeks ago, Porsche's roadster model won first prize in the readers' choice of the German motor magazine "sport auto" in its class of the most sporting convertibles up to Euro 80,000. And in a representative customer enquiry by US market research institute J.D. Power, the Porsche Boxster also came first in its category as the best model.

The Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 2 now sets new standards, the production colour Carrara White, for a long time one of the highlights in Porsche's colour range, now receiving additional emphasis in the new Boxster: The star-spoke rims on the 19-inch SportDesign wheels featured as standard, the side air intakes, the centre console and the dials on the three round instruments are also finished in white. Sporting grey stripes extending lengthwise along the body accentuate the brilliant white finish of the car in the same sophisticated style as the red rear lights.

A unique accessory coming with the car is likewise an homage to the white rev counter and speedometer: The Porsche Design Edition 2 Chronograph men's wristwatch from the Dashboard Collection features a white face and was developed especially for this very special Boxster.

By contrast, the colours of the roof and leather upholstery featured as standard are really classical throughout: Stone Grey and Black.

The Cayman S Sport is more colourful, coming as standard in the GT3 colours Orange and Green and proudly bearing its model designation on the side. Further colours available on this special model are Black, Indian Red, Speed Yellow and Carrara White, as well as Arctic Silver Metallic available at extra cost.

As on the GT3, black rims, exterior mirrors and air intake grids form a sporting contrast also characterising the interior through the black interior design package and the circular instruments without the usual binnacle on top.

Over and above the 303-bhp flat-six power unit, particularly PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management featured as standard, lowering the entire car by ten millimetres, as well as five-millimetre spacers beneath the 19-inch SportDesign wheels provide an impressive touch of power and performance.

Bi-xenon headlights, the Sports Chrono Package and sports seats all coming as standard enhance the particularly sporting appearance of the car in genuine GT3 look, further enhanced by the sports exhaust system together with a twin-chamber exhaust tailpipe and alcantara finish on the gearshift lever, the handbrake, and the rim of the GT3 steering wheel.

These upgraded versions of the Boxster S and Cayman S are limited to an exclusive series proudly bearing out their edition number on a placard on the glove box. Judging by the experience gained with the Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1 and Boxster RS 60 Spyder, demand for these exclusive new models is expected to be substantial.

Production of the Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 2 will amount to 500 units at a price in the German market of Euro 65,539 (including 19 per cent VAT and national specifications), production of the Cayman S Sport will be limited to 700 units at a price of Euro 69,942 (again including 19 per cent VAT and national specifications).

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, such a nice paint job. Looks so good. *drool*
        • 7 Years Ago
        I dunno if geo.stewart was talking to me, but my comment was directed at him... and it somehow went above his. Weird.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I just said the paint looks nice... O__o
        • 7 Years Ago
        Porsche does a great job of understanding what their buyers want. Even just small tweaks consisting of body trim, wheels and a "modest" hp jump, they basically create demand for an additional 1200 cars. Fairly basic and smart marketing.

        Look at the unit delivery numbers they just released for their fiscal year end. Even with a down market and a new 911 model being introduced, they just about matched last years numbers in North America. They must be doing something right!

      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, that white/grey treatment on the PDE2 Boxster is really sharp. I liked the black PDE1 Cayman... but the white actually fits the boxster's character better. (never understood a black convertible, when convertibles are especially for sunny weather, black is hot, and colors look better in bright sunlight.)

      I dunno if it can beat the stellar RS60, though, in classic arctic silver and Carrera red leather. That is just historically cool.

      I am VERY glad to hear that the Cayman S Sport is available in more colors. Red, Silver, or White would probably be my first choices of the S Sport colors (Cobalt blue on the Cayman S is even better yet). Orange popsicle, Mint Green, and bright yellow are not my favorites, although I see why others might like them. Black is nice, but why not have a color?

      But it seems unfortunate that this is being touted as a "junior GT3". If it had a 3.6 or 3.8 engine with more power, and a factory installed LSD, then it might be closer to a "junior GT3".

      This is nice, as special editions go, but Porsche could do more in Cayman's (and probably Boxster S's) power department before the mid-engine chassis even breaks a sweat. They won't as long as the 911 is around.

      Nice little bit to get people to buy up some Porsches before the DI/PDK facelift comes up next year.
      • 7 Years Ago

      A Cayman and a Boxster special edition per year is hardly a problem.

      Cayman, Cayman S, and Cayman S Sport.
      Boxster, Boxster S, and PDE2 Boxster.

      How many FACTORY models does Mustang have?
      I count 14, and that isn't including the Shelby GT, if that is still available. Including the GT500 Super Snake, which is more expensive than most Cayman S and Boxster S models. That does not count Saleens, Roushes, or any other aftermarket versions, even if they are available through dealers.

      I think you could probably count all 987(boxster/cayman) and 997(carrera) variants and special editions, and barely have 14 of them, for the whole major portion of Porsche's lineup, not counting the Cayenne as a SUV. (unless you want to start counting Ford trucks...)

      I am just challenging the premise that the 987 could even be compared to the Mustang at all, not on specs, not even in numbers of factory special editions.

      To post a snipe to demean a nice Porsche because it happens to be a special edition, is going to get challenged by someone. This time it is me.

      Do you snipe at the John Cooper Works Mini Cooper S?
      Do you snipe at BMW M-cars, or AMG, or AMG Black?
      How about Subaru STIs?
      Corvette Z06 or ZR1?
      Ferrari Challenge Stradale, or Scuderia?
      I could go on, and on, and on...

      Special editions are a valuable part of marketing premium cars. Just because others mock the mustang for having more than most, aftermarket included, doesn't mean it is equivalent to Porsche bringing a couple of limited run cars to market.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ....and I'd like to add that there's really nothing ultimately wrong with the many special edition mustangs that exist. It makes things more interesting for the car enthusiast.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I find it silly that someone would pay almost 10k for a new suspension, paint job, etc... When it would cost much less to go aftermarket.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Are you comparing a Cayman S or Boxster S base price, or are you comparing identical configurations?

        PASM, Sport Chrono, Sport suspension, 19" wheels, sport exhaust and re-tune, etc... are all optional on the S models, standard on the special editions. As well as tequipment interior pieces, and special paint colors.

        Do you honestly think a paint job alone for a Porsche would cost less than $10k?

        Plus the fact that it is a Porsche official limited edition, which will give it some resale value over the base and S-models.

        Try to find a 1988 944 Turbo S Silver Rose, (or any 88 944 Turbo S) and then compare that Blue book resale to the blue book value of a regular 944 and a 944 Turbo, same condition and mileage, The S will be higher.

        It might even be ever so slightly higher than the 89 944 Turbo, which was the same spec as the 88 Turbo S, but full production. The 88 Turbo S was rarer than the other Turbo models.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It seems really odd to me that Porsche can crank out super expensive cars at such a huge rate. Are there really that many rich people in the world?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Spending over 50 grand on a new TOY car that rapidly depreciates seems like something that can only be done by the rich.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The definition of "rich" is rather loose. These cars aren't that expensive, and I think you'd be surprised how many people out there are capable of purchasing one of these cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It seems odd to me that Porsche would use "Carrara" white. Must look like marble.
        • 7 Years Ago
        50 grand on a toy is "rich"? Please, you just defined every person at or above the upper middle class as rich. That means every Corvette owner is "rich", every M3 owner is "rich", and even I'm "rich". Granted, the above people are better off than most, but they are by no means rich. Ben Stein, who knows more about Economics than just about anyone, says that one would have to be earning over 1.5 Million to be considered a member of the rich upper class.
      • 7 Years Ago
      First off let me say I am a big Porsche fan.

      With that said, Porsche prides itself on being able to offer a high level of customizable options to their cars. So couldn't these cars have been spec-ed out to be like this without having the 'special edition' label? I wonder what the price difference is, because that would be the price you would be paying for the numbered plaque, which doesn't make ANY sense to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is a sick cayman there. Look really nice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the new Mustang...
        • 7 Years Ago
        When a Mustang has near perfect balance, and a midship boxer engine, let me know.

        Until then, there is no comparison whatsoever.

        This is what Porsche does, and has always done. Two trim lines, and a special edition for each the Boxster and Cayman is hardly a problem.

        They are sports cars, after all. Mustang isn't. It is merely a sporty coupe or convertible as base, or a muscle car. Not a two seat car designed from the drawing board to be first and foremost a driving pleasure, which is the definition of a Sports Car, and 986 and 987 are object lessons of.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Please, so Ford does special editions and everyone bitches. Porsche does it and it is glorious.

          go soak your head.

          I'm not comparing the cars. I agree the Porsche is the better sports car, hands down. I'm just saying too many special editions are too many special editions no matter who you are. Or are you one of the special people who think the rules only apply to everyone else?
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