November 24, 2003
Porsche shows special edition Boxster S
Atlanta, Georgia – Porsche has revealed a special edition 2004 Boxster S model designed to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Porsche 550 Spyder. The 550 Spyder was the first Porsche sports car created exclusively with racing in mind. Among its numerous racing successes was a class victory in the 1954 Carrera Panamericana – the famed Mexican road race.
The new “50 Years of the 550 Spyder” Boxster S is to be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in early January 2004. It is equipped with the most powerful engine ever offered in the Boxster model line. Rated at 264 horsepower (SAE), the 3.2-litre flat-six cylinder power plant propels the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, and to a top track speed of 165 mph (266 km/h).
Sportier suspension settings, 5 mm-wide wheel spacers on all four wheels, and standard 18-inch Carrera wheels improve handling, while a 15 percent shorter shift travel in the standard six-speed manual transmission provides quicker gear shifting.
As most 550 Spyders were painted silver, the new special edition Boxster S is finished in GT Silver Metallic, a colour only found on the Carrera GT and “40 Years of the 911” models. The soft top is in Cocoa, a dark brown color used by Porsche for the first time. For additional visual emphasis, wheel spokes are painted in Seal Grey, a colored Porsche crest adorns each wheel hub cover, and the monoblock brake calipers have an aluminum paint finish. Other exclusive exterior styling features include silver-painted grills above the rear strut openings, a specially created stainless steel tailpipe, chrome plated and polished Boxster S lettering on the rear deck lid, and safety bar padding that matches the car’s interior.
Production of the new Boxster S edition is limited to 1,953 units to commemorate the 550 Spyder’s introduction at the 1953 Paris Motor Show. A limited-edition plate on the centre console indicates the Anniversary car’s production number. The new Boxster S model will go on sale in March 2004 at a price of $85,300.