First Look: 2012 Porsche Boxster S Black Edition

By John Beltz Snyder

February 02, 2011

Porsche has announced a special Black Edition of the 2012 Porsche Boxster S, with 10 more horsepower, some aesthetic touches, and a reasonable price tag.

Its 3.4-liter six makes 320 horsepower, pushing it to 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds (4.6 with optional Sport Chrono package) and a top speed of 170 miles per hour. The Black Edition includes a six-speed manual transmission, with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch as an option.

Visually, the Black Edition gets a monochromatic black exterior, including black nineteen-inch Boxster Spyder design wheels, black convertible top, black air intake grilles, and black tailpipes. The interior treatment is also black—except for brushed stainless steel accents—including the leather steering wheel, instrument dials, dash trim strips, shift lever, and Black Edition lettering. As an added touch, the Porsche crest is embossed on the headrests and the glove compartment gets a limited edition badge.
The Boxster S Black Edition achieves 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway, or 20/29 when equipped with the PDK. Base MSRP is $65,200, which is $6600 more than the standard Boxster S, though a bit less than when you compare options apples to apples.
Scroll down for all the dirty details in the press release, below, where the word “black” is used even more.
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 – 10 more than in the Boxster S – 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.
About Porsche Cars North America, Inc
A wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h.c.F.Porsche, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. and its 197 dealers offer U.S. customers some of the most technically advanced and high-performance vehicles in the world. Porsche cars are synonymous with supreme quality accompanied by first-class customer treatment. Also, Porsche is fully and publicly committed to being a leader in significantly lowering emissions, and saving fuel. The company's guiding credo is “Porsche Intelligent Performance” and the goal is to prove that Porsche's high performance and efficiency are not contradictory terms. A dramatic example of this is the highly-anticipated 918 Spyder — a super sports car that is also a planned plug-in hybrid. Of course this is nothing new for Porsche, which for 63 years has developed numerous technologies that have advanced vehicle performance, improved safety and spurred environmental innovations. Obviously, one expects such achievements from the most revered race car brand in the world --- one that has accumulated more than 28,000 motorsport victories. Today, PCNA imports the cars that are the product of this great history, including the iconic 911 series, the renowned Boxster and Cayman mid-engine sports cars, the high-end Cayenne sport utility vehicles and the four-door Panamera Gran Turismo cars.