Porsche Boxster Spyder Specs and Performance

Porsche's model offensive continues at an unrestrained pace, with the recent New York motor show the venue for the company's latest sports car reveal. Yes, that's another new sports car and not another SUV.

The new Boxster Spyder follows hot on the heels of the Cayman GT4 (driven in evo 208), but while it emulates the Porsche Motorsport-developed coupe in spirit, it hasn't been subjected to the same scrutiny by Porsche's venerated racing department. To this end, it's a series production car - something that has determined its ultimate specification.
Porsche Boxster Spyder
So, despite Porsche investing heavily in the GT4's chassis by incorporating the front end of a 991 GT3 along with a bespoke rear suspension setup, the Spyder comes equipped with 'Porsche Exclusive' Sports suspension, which includes MacPherson struts, fixed-rate dampers (there's no PASM option) and a ride-height lowered by 20mm. There are no GT3-spec brakes, either. Instead, the Carrera S donates 340mm front and 330mm rear discs with six-piston calipers at the front and four at the rear.

Another donation from the 911 family is the engine. Positioned amidships, rather than in its usual home behind a rear axle, is the Carrera S's 3.8-litre flat-six unit, detuned to produce 370bhp (lObhp down on the GT4; 24bhp down on the Carrera S; 45bhp up on the Boxster GTS) and 3101b ft of torque, which is the same as the GT4 and 141b ft less than a Carrera S.

The original Boxster Spyder was famous forits double-domedreardeck and Lotus Elise-style roof (Porsche had initially wanted to go without a roof, but some clever chap wisely thought at least a basic system was required). The latest car provides the same, albeit with more automation and practicality. Opened with a mix of elbow grease and electricity, the roof starts the unfolding process under electric power before requiring human intervention to be stowed beneath the opening rear deck. And despite its more functional design and improved waterproofing properties, the roof still resembles the original Spyder's design. Other external design changes include Cayman GT4-spec front and rear bumpers.

Inside, Spyder customers can expect seats and a steering wheel inspired by the 918 Spyder, the latter measuring just 360mm in diameter. There's also no air conditioning or radio system, in a bid to save weight.

Deliveries start in July with prices starting at £60,459 - £6500 more than a Boxster GTS. And while the new Boxster Spyder may neither be as hardcore as the Cayman GT4, nor have a motorsport connection, the original was one of our favourite roadsters and we expect this latest version to be no less exhilarating.
Porsche Boxster Spyder Specs and Performance
A Boxster with a 911 engine is something we've been asking for since the original was launched in 1996. The Spyder uses the 3800cc boxer motor from the 991 Carrera S. detuned to produce 370bhp-24bhpless than in the 911. Peak power arrives 700rpm lower in the rev range at 6700rpm. but the compression ratio 12.5:1 and 7800rpm rev limit remain the same. Porsche claims a 180mph top speed.

Exterior: The Spyder's exterior is heavily influenced by the 2010 original, complete with the distinctive double-domed rear deck. As before, this needs opening to store the canvas roof. The front and rear bumpers are taken from the Cayman GT4. but there are no extensions to the air intakes on the sides of the car.

Interior: The Spyder's interior has been stripped to save weight, with no air con or infotainment system fitted. Both can be reinstated via the options list, however.

The Roof: The Spyder's new roof takes the original's for inspiration. The opening and closing procedure is still a (partly) manual operation, but it's more integrated than before, offering improved practicality.

The Spyder isn't the product of Porsche's motorsport department, so instead of the GT3's suspension, the new roadster gets a sports chassis as standard and fixed-rate dampers: PASM isn't even on the options list.

Standard wheels for the Spyder measure 8.5 x20in (front) and 10.5 x20in (rear). The tyres fitted to the show car are Pirelli P Zeros.

Mated to the 911 Carrera S's 3.8-litre engine is a six-speed manual gearbox-the only transmission offered. The Spyder also gets a mechanical limited-slip differential as standard, along with Porsche Torque Vectoring.
Engine: Flat-six. 3800cc
Power: 370bhp @ 6700rpm
Torque: 3101b ft @ 475O-6000rpm
0-62mph: 4.5sec (claimed)
Top speed: ISOmph (claimed)
Weight: 1315kg (286bhp/ton)
Basic price: £60.459
On sale: Now, deliveries in July

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