2012 Porsche Boxster S Black Edition Delivers Value?


When you think “Porsche” and “limited edition,” the word “value” doesn’t automatically come to mind. But lately, the sports-car maker has been packaging aging models with popular options, throwing on a cool paint job and limiting production numbers. That’s what Porsche has done again with the 2012 Porsche Boxster S Black Edition.
Obviously, the 987 cars in this limited run will feature a black paint job and monochromatic features, including black 19-inch wheels from the Boxster Spyder. Intake grills are painted black, as are the dual exhaust pipes. And yes, the badges are all black, too.

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But is all that paint work worth the $65,200 price tag? Porsche says it actually will save you $3,200 over a standard Boxster with the same equipment. That equipment includes a design package, convenience package with bi-xenon headlights and a multimedia package with navigation and upgraded Bose stereo system.
And did we mention you get an extra 10 horsepower? That’s a total of 320 hp, moving the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds with the PDK transmission. That’s the only option available on the car, which comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission.

While we liked the Porsche Boxster Spyder when it was in our test fleet, getting some of the look with the wheels and added power along with traditional seats make this Black Edition desirable. We’d expect a large number of the 987 worldwide units will come to the U.S., and interested buyers should look into reserving one. However, Porsche sold just 137 Boxsters total in December 2010. This limited-edition treatment is definitely intended to move more of the aging convertbiles. We’re not complaining.

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