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Porsche Introduces 2012 Boxster S Black Edition

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On: Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 11:28AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Introduces 2012 Boxster S Black Edition

Getting tired of minimally modified Porsche "special" editions yet? I sure am. But apparently Porsche (and presumably buyers) can't get enough. Because Porsche is planning yet another modified, limited run model. The recently announced 911 Black Edition gets a little brother in the the Boxster S Black Edition, bringing some engine and styling modifications to less than 1,000 Boxster S models.

Since it's called the "Black Edition," we'll dispense with convention and start with the styling rather than the engine. Porsche's black-out treatment extends to both the body and interior, with elements that would traditionally contrast with the paint scheme blending into the overall darkness of the car. Outside, the 19-inch Boxster Spyder wheels, rollover bars, air intakes, dual exhaust pipes, and soft-top all match the black paint. Inside, the SportDesign leather steering wheel, instrument panel, and leather upholstery are all decked out in black. The only contrast comes from aluminum and stainless steel accents inside.

In addition to its black demeanor, the Black Edition boasts an extra 10 horses, bringing the output of the 3.4-liter flat-six to 320-hp. It also gets an extra 7 lb-ft, offering 273 lb-ft. Those increases trim .1 seconds off the convertible's 0-to-60 mph time, bringing it down to 4.9 seconds—or 4.8 seconds when equipped with the optional seven-speed PDK gearbox.

To deliver the utmost comfort and performance to its customers, Porsche has made the Design, Convenience, and Infotainment packages standard on the Black Edition. That move will help save customers $3,200 over the cost of a comparably equipped Boxster S and will provide such equipment as a Communication Management system with satellite navigation, Bose surround system, and Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering.

The Black Edition will start at $65,200 or $68,860 with PDK transmission in the U.S—a $6,600/$6,840 premium over the regular Boxster S. Only 987 examples will be built.

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