Porsche Is Back in Black with Exclusive 911 and Boxster Models
There are few manufacturers as savvy as Porsche when it comes to artfully leveraging its illustrious history and the mystique of its current models in creating limited-production specials. On the heels of the supremely covetable 911 Speedster (only 356 units worldwide sold for $204,000) comes the Stuttgart-based sports-car maker’s latest limited-production concept: the 911 Black Edition Coupe and Cabriolet and the Boxster S Black Edition.
In the 911 range, the mid-level Black Edition Coupe and Cabriolet bring the number of models to a staggering 22. Limited to a mere 1,911 united worldwide, Black Edition 911s are available in two colors—both black, of course. Solid black is standard; the shimmering Basalt Black Metallic is optional, and both colors highlight 19-inch Turbo II wheels with a two-tone finish. Gloss black and aluminum-look trim define the passenger compartment, and there are plenty of upgrades, including a Bose surround-sound audio system, a SportDesign steering wheel, and the Porsche Communication Management system with navigation. (The company claims the package saves a buyer $6,000 versus à la carte optioning.)
The 911 Carrera’s 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine is unaltered for Black duty, and few will complain. Producing a mellifluous 345 horsepower and 288 foot-pounds of torque, the engine—matched to a traditional six-speed manual transmission or Porsche’s lightning-quick 7-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox (a $4,320 option)—spins the speedometer to 60 mph in as little as 4.5 seconds and keeps it moving all the way to 179 mph.
The situation is a bit more interesting in the Boxster range, where the Black Edition becomes the new top dog. Limited to a scant 987 cars worldwide (a reference to the Boxster’s internal designation), the Boxster S Black is packed with optional equipment, including Bi-Xenon headlamps, navigation, and a Bose audio system. Like its 911 kin, the car can be had with a traditional six-speed manual or the seven-speed PDK gearbox ($3,660 option here). Unlike the 911 Black Edition, the Boxster Black Edition features extra muscle: horsepower from the 3.4-liter horizontally opposed six is 320—10 more than the Boxster S and 65 more than the base car. A PDK-equipped Black will rush to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and hustle on toward 171 mph (0.2 second quicker and 2 mph faster than a regular Boxster S).
The 911 Black Edition Coupe and Cabriolet are available this spring, starting at $81,300 and $91,300, respectively. The Boxster S Black Edition also arrives in the spring, starting at $65,200. Interested? Move fast. (www.porsche.com)