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Porsche Boxster celebrates 25th birthday in 2021 with 90s nostalgia

John Law

Porsche has revealed a limited edition 718 Boxster harking back to the 1993 concept car that played a significant role in turning the Stuttgart marque’s fortune around late in the 90s.

The Boxster – the name an amalgamation of roadster and boxer – was key to Porsche’s global success. More attainable than the 911, the Boxster has gone on to sell 397,000 units during its 25 year lifespan. 

This limited-edition 2021 Boxster 25 Years is based on the 718 GTS 4.0 and production will be limited to just 1,250 units globally.

Porsche 718 Boxster 25 Years Rear 3/4
The Boxster 25 Years celebrates an important milestone for Porsche.

Porsche Australia will begin taking orders in April with prices starting from $183,900 before on-road costs and any options you might want to tick. That represents a premium of $11,900 over a run-of-the-mill manual Boxster GTS 4.0.

Like the regular Boxster GTS, the 25 Years is powered by a mid-mounted four-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine that makes 294kW of power and 420Nm of torque on the way to its 7,800rpm redline.

Those lucky enough to secure one of the 1,250 Boxsters will be able to choose between a six-speed manual or the recently added seven-speed PDK gearbox.

Porsche 718 Boxster 25 Years Original
This is the incredible concept car the limited edition takes inspiration from.

So underneath the Boxster 25 Years is essentially the same as a 718 GTS, but outside Porsche have gone to town to conjure the image of that glitzy 1993 show car starting with the same GT Silver Metallic paint colour.

The air vents and badges are painted in a striking copper-gold hue Porsche calls ‘Neodyme‘ which was also used on the original show car. Porsche has specced an exclusive manufacture fuel filler cap and chrome tailpipes.

Like the 992 911, Porsche hasn’t shied away from out-there colour choices with this limited Boxster. Snuggled under the roadster’s guards are a fabulous set of 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels finished in the same Neodyme hue with polished lips, rather tastefully evoking 90s modified car scene.

Porsche 718 Boxster 25 Years Rims
The wheels won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but they certainly capture a moment in time.

Finishing off the visual treatment is a Bordeaux leather smothered interior with matching red ragtop as well as bespoke kickplates with the 25 Years logo.

Porsche will also offer Carrara White and Deep Black Metallic on the Boxster 25 Years for those who don’t like silver.

Several more option boxes have been ticked for the Boxster 25 Years including extended leather, 14-way adjustable sports seats and a heated steering wheel. 

Porsche 718 Boxster 25 Years Interior
Inside, Australian vehicles have more goodies than Europeans will get.

Australian cars will get extra goodies over the global spec including dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, DAB radio, wired Apple CarPlay, heated seats, cruise control, lane-keep assist and front and rear parking sensors.

Porsche includes some necessary performance features in the Boxster 25 Years including Sport Chrono package, 10mm lower PASM adaptive suspension and a mechanical limited-slip differential.

Porsche is taking orders for the 718 Boxster 25 Years in April this year, with Australian pricing kicking off from $183,900 plus on-road costs.

Porsche 718 Boxster 25 Years Rear 3/4
If you want one you’ll have to get in fast, with only 1,250 units available globally.