• Feb 2, 2011
2012 Porsche Boxster S Black Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

Much like the recently unveiled 911 Black Edition, Porsche has created a murdered-out version of the Boxster S roadster that combines a slight boost in power with a raft of new standard amenities. Called the Boxster S Black Edition, the new two-seater features black paint, black wheels, a black convertible top and a fully black interior. It looks sinister, and we're big fans.

Under the hood is a 320-horsepower version of Porsche's 3.4-liter flat-six – 10 more ponies than the standard Boxster S – mated to a six-speed manual or the automaker's PDK dual-clutch transmission. Sprinting to 60 miles per hour takes just 4.8 seconds, and the roadster will eventually top out at 170 mph. An optional Sport Chrono package shaves two-tenths of a second off that acceleration time, and the Black Boxster is capable of achieving fuel economy numbers of 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg highway.

New standard features include things like the black-painted Design package, convenience package (bi-xenon headlamps, auto-dimming mirrors, automatic climate control) and infotainment package (navigation, Bose surround sound and XM satellite radio with NavTraffic). The whole kit will set you back $65,200 when the car officially goes on sale this spring. Follow the jump for Porsche's press release.



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Porsche Boxster S Black Edition Has More Features, More Value and More Horsepower

This 320-horsepower roadster will go fast, especially with production limited to only 987 units worldwide


ATLANTA – February 2, 2011 – Following on the heels of the recently announced 911 Black Edition, Porsche introduces a new, luxurious and limited edition Boxster S this spring. The 2012 Boxster S Black Edition features a 10-horsepower boost and a long list of standard equipment at an attractive price.

This new mid-engine sports car is only available in solid black and features a monochrome treatment with a black body, black convertible top and black-painted 19-inch Boxster Spyder design wheels. Normally contrasting trim pieces from the Boxster S are also painted for a uniform look: the supplemental safety bars and side air intake grilles are painted black, as are the twin exhaust tailpipes and the model designation on the rear luggage compartment lid. A Black Edition model designation is embossed on the side of the fabric roof.

The monochromatic theme continues to the interior where black is the only available color, with aluminum and stainless steel used as accents. The brushed stainless steel door-entry guards feature Black Edition lettering, and the standard SportDesign steering wheel features twin aluminum-look spokes with a rim of smooth-finish black leather. Also painted black are the trim strips on the dashboard and around the six-speed manual shift lever or the gear selector for the optional Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) seven-speed double clutch transmission, while the instrument dials are black instead of the usual white. Two final touches are the Porsche crest embossed on the headrests and a limited-edition badge on the glove compartment.

Like the 911 Black Edition, the Boxster S Black Edition combines Porsche's popular option packages to deliver additional value to customers. The black-painted exterior and interior touches are part of the Design package available on other Boxster models. The Convenience package, also standard, includes Bi-Xenon™ headlights with dynamic cornering function, a wind deflector, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, rain sensor and automatic climate control. Finally, the Infotainment package adds a touch-screen Porsche Communication Management system with navigation, BOSE® surround-sound system and XM® Satellite Radio with XM NavTraffic®.

The Black Edition's chassis builds on the foundation of the Boxster S, which already features exceptional balance and handling. The lightest 19-inch wheels in the Porsche lineup are fitted 235/35 ZR 19 tires up front and 265/35 ZR 19 in the rear, providing a visually dynamic upgrade from the 18-inch wheels on the regular Boxster S.

A 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, mounted in front of the rear axle, produces 320 horsepower â€" 10 more than in the Boxster S â€" while also delivering excellent fuel economy, particularly when coupled with the PDK transmission. With PDK, the Boxster S Black Edition will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and reaches a top track speed of 170 mph while achieving EPA estimated fuel economy of 19 city and 26 highway (20/29 when equipped with PDK). An optional Sport Chrono package further reduces 0-to-60 acceleration times to 4.6 seconds, two-tenths of a second faster than the Boxster S, while providing a launch control function and more aggressive Sport and Sport Plus shift strategies.

The 2012 Boxster S Black Edition price is $65,200 which gives buyers added value on several levels considering the extra functional and visual upgrades and the enhanced power output. When compared to the MSRP of a comparably equipped Boxster S, this limited edition model saves the buyer $3,200.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      The only good thing of the latest Black Editions is that they cost exactly the same as the standard version, but with a much better equipment. Porsche untypical you'll get more for the same price...in Europe at least.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sinister styling? It's a porsche...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uggh Porsche and their "special editions".
      This is getting tiresome.
      What is worse is that they don't even look special at all.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll pass. To me, and this is just my opinion, the "normal" Boxster should have the aggressive styling of the Spyder.

      That being said this special edition looks great.

        • 3 Years Ago
        This has most of the Boxster Spyder's looks.

        The big difference is the rear deck. The spyder has a unified aluminum rear deck, covering a much lighter and less technically complex removeable fabric roof with not much of a mechanism, let alone power folding.

        The Boxster and Boxster S have a power folding top that doesn't come off the car, and requires the separate rear deck tonneau panel that the convertible top seals to, when it is up. That isn't really feasible to change over to Boxster Spyder's rear deck, without losing the power folding roof. But then again, that is why one would select the Boxster Spyder, and option it from there, rather than a base Boxster or Boxster S.

        I suppose one could fit a Spyder style ducktail spoiler to a standard Boxster or Boxster S, and the simpler front and side grillework, and the wheels are optional on the Boxster and Cayman, IIRC.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can I have it in red?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yup. Red Boxster S configured to suit.

        similarly equipped it might be slightly more expensive, though.

        That is pretty much all this is... black on black on black, with a pre-configured up-option set, with a slight discount for the bundle, compared to BTO.

        And you might have to go somewhere else to re-flash the Boxster S ECU to Cayman S/Boxster Spyder 320hp calibration. But then why not go for Cayman R's 330hp tune, or more. standard 3.4 Boxster S has a 310hp tune. It is unknown to me if there are any hardware changes between those 3.4 engines across the 987 lineup, or if it is solely ECU tuning for the 20hp range.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Or you can DIY your own Porsche, making it the greenest one in your town,
      Check this out!

      http://911nation.com/2011/01/stories-do-it-yourself-porsche/

      I sent the tip to AB but for some reason it wasn't good enough...
        • 3 Years Ago
        that's cool

        @BoxerFanatic

        some articles aren't about cars, but add's, motorcycles,...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because it isn't a car, let alone not being a Porsche.
      • 3 Years Ago
      These aren't really meant to be dwelt upon. Any Porsche fan knows that at the end of a model sequence they throw out special editions like crazy. The Boxster and Cayman Porsche Design special edition models. The GTS. The Transsyberia. The Cayman R. The 911 Black. The '08 Boxster Special Edition. They'll do just about anything to push volume.

      The ones that matter are like the Boxster Spyder and the new Speedster -- they actually change up the styling and performance a bit. But even those will be scooped up by collectors and left in storage.

      Great Porsches are regular Porsches.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I would agree with you, except the Cayman R.

        The cayman R is a regular production model, like the Boxster Spyder. It isn't a limited edition option configuration. The rest of those that you listed are LE configurations, not as much regular production trim models.

        Cayman R It actually gets aluminum rather than steel doors, lightened insulation and other pieces, decontenting, and other specific parts. Not quite as unique as the rear deck and lightened top on the Spyder, but the Cayman is defined by being a coupe, so changing the roof isn't exactly in those cards.

        Cayman R and Boxster Spyder are more important in their differences than the other LE configurations that you mention that just changes the graphics/colors or options lists.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice.
      But that's all.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh, and BTW, the 320hp engine is not under the hood, as the article reads...

      It is under the convertible top. :D
      • 3 Years Ago
      No one cares about these new edition Boxsters since the Boxster Spyder came out.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about the current Boxster Spyder?
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