Back in Black: 2016 Porsche 911 Black Edition and Boxster Black Edition Debut in Germany


It’s that time in the Porsche product cycle again for the company to bring out specially equipped and, dare we say, bargain-priced versions of its 911 and Boxster, called Black Editions. Just like the 911 Carrera Black Edition and the Boxster Black Edition models that Porsche trotted out for 2012, the 2016 Carrera and Boxster Black Editions add some extra niceties for a value-adjusted price. And as the name suggest, both cars come in any color scheme you want so long as it’s, yes, black on black. Or black on black on black in the case of the ragtops.

Available in coupe and convertible forms, with rear- or all-wheel drive, each powered by the base 350-hp 3.4-liter flat-6 engine, the 911 Carrera Black Edition adds dynamic LED headlamps, 20-inch Turbo wheels, and navigation. Front passengers sit on heated sport seats and should they tire of the sound of the engine, they can activate a Bose surround sound system. Park assist, a telephone module, auto-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, and a Sport Design steering wheel also come standard.

You may remember that Porsche equipped the 2012 Boxster Black Edition with the gutsier 3.4-liter engine from the Boxster S, rendering it rather close in performance and appearance to the 911 version—hello value!—but this time around, the 2016 Boxster Black Edition is powered by the base Boxster’s 265-hp 2.7-liter flat-6. Its list of extra goodies include dynamic LED headlamps, 20-inch Carrera Classic wheels, heated seats, dual-zone climate control, and an upgraded sound system.

Porsche hasn’t yet announced whether it’s planning to bring the latest Black Edition cars to the U.S., so we can’t what the U.S. pricing would be, but the previous 911 Black Editions packed in about 10 grand worth of goodies for just $3500 and $2500 for coupe and cabriolet models, respectively, and the Boxster’s extras added a fair bit of feature-related value along with the extra go. We would certainly love to see them—yes, we’ve made calls to Porsche already—because we’re all about choice. Especially when it comes to sweet black sports cars from Stuttgart.


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