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Porsche announces 981-gen Boxster Spyder

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Porsche announced the Boxster Spyder hours before the world premier at the New York International Auto Show tomorrow. The newest addition to the Boxster family sports a 3.8-liter 375-horsepower flat six that was pulled from the 911 Carrera S and trickled down to the recently announced 385-hp Cayman GT4.

Priced at $82,500, the Spyder also slots right between the $84,600 GT4 and $75,200 Cayman GTS performance and price-wise. Air-conditioning and radio are no-cost options.

What do Spyder customers get with this special, lightweight Boxster? Aside from the obvious boost in horsepower over the 330-hp 3.4-liter mill in the GTS, there’s a mandatory six-speed manual transmission, 180 miles-per-hour top speed, and a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds. That’s a six-mph increase in top speed over the Boxster GTS and 0.4 seconds from zero to sixty.

Suspension is lowered by 20 millimeters and the brakes are taken from the 911 Carrera S. Porsche says the steering is more direct and the Spyder is the lightest Boxster, though no weight is specified. No 911 GT3 or Cayman GT4 suspension bits are present.

Porsche states the Boxster Spyder draws its style from “legendary sports and race cars from from Porsche.” Specifically, the “two prominent streamliners that extend down along the sweeping rear lid behind the headrests pay tribute to the 718 Spyder from the 1960s.” And the previous Boxster Spyder.

Not much has been mentioned or can be seen in pictures about the convertible top, unless you head to Bloomberg's website and watch the video, which includes shots of the top in action. The previous Boxster Spyder had a top that was cumbersome to erect but effective at keeping out rainwater. Porsche’s press release only details a “manually operated, lightweight top suitable for everyday use with an electric clasp.”

The front and rear fascias of the Spyder are unique to the car, and driver and passenger are treated to standard Sport Seats Plus inside. The steering wheel is 360 mm in diameter compared to 370 mm in other Boxster models.

Scroll down for the official Porsche press release.

Photos courtesy Porsche

Porsche Press Release

New York International Auto Show 2015: World premiere of the Boxster Spyder 

Atlanta. Porsche is highlighting the 2015 convertible season by celebrating the world premiere of the new Boxster Spyder. This pure sports car will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show. The new top model of the Boxster range retains the unique and unmistakable character of the previous Spyder, which has already attained cult status. For example, the classic roadster top is still opened and closed by hand, and the Boxster Spyder is only available with a manual transmission, benefiting both weight savings and driver enjoyment.  

Staying true to roadster DNA, the Boxster Spyder offers a traditional sports-car driving experience combined with truly exceptional performance. This includes a firm sport suspension with a 20-mm lower ride height, brakes taken from the 911 Carrera S, more direct steering, and a 3.8-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with an output of 375 hp, culminating in a genuine sports car experience with outstanding driving dynamics. It is the lightest model of the current Boxster line, and the most powerful Boxster to date. Taking only 4.3 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph, the Boxster Spyder has a top track speed of 180 mph.

The distinctive design of the Boxster Spyder includes stylistic elements reminiscent of legendary sports and race cars from Porsche. Two prominent streamliners that extend down along the sweeping rear lid behind the headrests pay tribute to the 718 Spyder from the 1960s. The manually operated, lightweight top is suitable for everyday use with an electric clasp, while bringing to mind roadsters from the past. The fins that stretch back from the top to the rear lend the vehicle’s silhouette its characteristic design. The front and rear fascia’s also are unique to the Boxster Spyder, and an air outlet is located in front of the forward luggage compartment.

More so than in any other Boxster, the interior of the new Spyder creates an atmosphere that elicits a feeling of pure driving pleasure. The driver and passenger sit in standard Sport Seats Plus, while the new steering wheel with a diameter of 360 mm (compared to 370 mm in other Boxster models) helps ensure the mid-engine roadster can be driven precisely and with great agility.

In line with the model’s traditional roadster character, neither a radio nor an air conditioner is included as standard equipment in order to reduce weight. However, both can be ordered as optional equipment at no cost. Furthermore, the entire range of Boxster audio systems is available for customers to choose from as an option, including the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with navigation.

The new Boxster Spyder will be launched in the U.S. market in October and can now be ordered at dealerships. In the United States, the MSRP is $82,100, not including a $995 destination charge.

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