2011 Porsche Boxster S Black Edition

Last week, Porsche introduced a special edition of the 911 called the Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition as a sort of celebratory last run of the current 997 911 range. Now the company has announced the release of a Porsche Boxster S Black Edition.
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Unlike the Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition, the Boxster S Black isn't limited to only visual upgrades; the engine also receives a tinkering. So the 3.4-litre Boxster S engine no longer outputs 228kW of power in the Black, it now develops 239kW at 7200rpm (instead of 6400rpm), and gets an extra 10Nm of torque as well - up from 360Nm to 370Nm.

Visual enhancements are much like those given to the 911 Black. This means there's plenty of black-painted features throughout the exterior and interior of the car. Most noticeable, however, is the black paintwork and black 19-inch Spyder wheels. There's also black side air intake vents in the rear haunches and new black exhaust tailpipes poking out from the rear bumper bar.

The interior is also kitted out in various black features not normally available on the standard model, including special 'Black' seats with their own logo, a black gear lever and black instrument dials on the dashboard. Just to remind you of its exclusivity, there's also a Black Edition plaque with build number recessed into the glove box lid.

The Boxster S Black Edition is a higher performance vehicle over the standard 'S' model and is able to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 5.2 seconds (compared with manufacturer's quote of 5.3 seconds). If that's not fast enough, the Porsche Black is available with the dual-clutch PDK transmission which brings acceleration times down by a further 0.1 second.

Only 987 of these Porsche Boxster S Black Editions will ever be made, and we suspect they'll sell rather quickly. Porsche says the models will be available on the market in Germany initially from March this year. Prices will start at 63,404 Euro (a heartbreaking $86,830). We'll keep you updated regarding Australian availability.