Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Porsche launches special 'Black Edition' of Boxster, 911

Porsche Black Edition
German sports car maker Porsche recently launched special editions of the venerable 911 Carrera and the baby Boxster. We check out these new Black Editions

It seems black is the new black, at least with regards to Porsche. The German sports car maker has decided to go with an all black treatment for three brand new specials editions of its venerable Boxster, 911 Carrera Coupe and 911 Carrera Cabriolet. These special edition Black Porsches will be made in limited numbers and will be available on order.


The 911 Black Edition will only be available in black, with two paint choices - Solid Black or the optional Basalt Black Metallic, with highlights provided by the 19 inch 911 Turbo II two-color wheels, their dichroic effect subtly breaking the exterior black paint monotone. In addition, the rims provide an unobstructed view of the brake's black, four-piston aluminum monobloc calipers. Exclusive to the Black Edition, black lettering on the stainless steel door entry guards which continues the exterior color scheme. Also included is a sport design steering wheel while the instrument cluster remains black. On the glove compartment lid, a badge testifies to the 911 Black Edition's limited production run while the decorative molding on the dashboard, gear lever or selector and air vents provide a contrast with their aluminum look paint. The rear center console too is painted in the exterior color. The Black Edition 911 also features a Bose surround sound system which features 13 speakers!

Underneath the sexy black skin of course, it’s pretty much the same old 911 Carrera, which is not a bad thing by any means. A 3.6-litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine in the back that makes 345PS of power, an optional PDK (dual-clutch) gearbox that promises a blistering zero to 100km/h figure of under 5 seconds, which can be further shortened with the optional sports chrono package, a top speed of 289km/h and a fuel economy which borders on 10kmpl is what you get with both the coupe and cabriolet versions of the 911 Black Edition. And as if that wasn’t enough, a Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) are like the cherry on top of an already impressive car.
Black Edition
The Boxster S Black Edition goes for an aesthetic treatment similar to the 911 Blacks. The rear side air intake grilles are painted in black as is the twin tailpipe of the exhaust system. The model lettering painted in black on the rear luggage compartment lid identifies the Black Edition as much as the embossed Black Edition model designation on the side of the fabric hood. The roll-over bars are painted in black, too. The black line of the exterior is continued in the interior. The stainless steel door entry guards feature the "Black Edition" model lettering in black. The standard Sport Design steering wheel with its double-spoke appeal has a non-slip rim of smooth-finish leather and sporty grips. The trim strips of the dashboard and of shift lever or gear selector are painted in black. The dials on the instrument cluster are black as are the partial leather seats with the Porsche emblem embossed in the headrests.

The Black Boxster also sees an improvement in the powerplant. The 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, mounted in front of the rear axle of the Boxster S Black Edition, now makes 320 hp – 10 hp more than in the Boxster S. The torque figure of 370 Nm is also boosted by 10 Nm over the standard car. Thanks to these changes, the Black can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds, one-tenth of a second faster than the regular Boxster S onwards to a slightly higher top speed of 276km/h as well.

With only 987 units of the Boxster S Black Edition and another 1,911 units of 911 Black Edition being produced in total, prospective buyer can expect to pay a fair premium over the price of the standard cars. But we’re sure that special editions of already special cars like Porsches will probably feel especially more special. There’s always a price for exclusivity in any case.

source: zigwheels