2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the marque-saving Boxster and thus the Stuttgart outfit has introduced a new derivative; the Porsche Boxster 25.
Launched in 1996, the Porsche Boxster represented a turning point for Porsche, effectively saving it from financial ruin. In doing so, it became Porsche’s top-selling car each year (357,000 cars in the 25 years) until the Cayenne made its appearance in the early 2000s.
This new model celebrates that first generation Boxster but not entirely as you’d imagine. Rather than focusing on the launch model, Porsche has opted to to pay homage to the 1993 concept that didn’t quite make it to production.
In doing so, Porsche has reinterpreted the colour Neodyme, that was used on the concept. This colour is a copper-like brown that is used on the front apron, side air intakes with mono bar as well as the lettering and the two-tone 20-inch alloys. Those alloys are also reminiscent of the original car’s design for some added nostalgia.
It would have been rude of Porsche to offer the Boxster 25 with a four-cylinder engine found in the 718 generation cars so instead, Porsche is using the GTS 4.0 as the base for this derivative. As a result, it gets that 4.0-litre flat-six engine, mid-mounted, producing 395bhp and with the choice of a six-speed manual with the longest gear ratios known to man or a 7-speed PDK with shorter ratios.
At £72,760 it does represent a £6k premium over the regular GTS 4.0, although totting up the options here that come as standard on the Boxster 25 years and that figure is around £10k. In reality, then, the Porsche Boxster 25 makes a lot of sense given its £4k cheaper than an equivalent-spec’d GTS. And with just 1250 examples being produced worldwide, it’s pretty rare, too.
Those options include a Sport Chrono package, Porsche Active Suspension Management and Porsche Torque Vectoring. Cars are finished in GT Silver Metallic, although Deep Black and Carrera White are also available. Inside, cars are finished in red with an aluminium trim package and red fabric roof. Red isn’t to every buyer’s taste so they are also available to order in back. You’ll also find various Boxster 25 badges dotted about the car to confirm its identity.