Porsche Boxster Spyder
We had heard that Porsche was working on a no nonsense Boxster that many were tagging as the Boxster GT4. An open-aired car wearing a GT4 badge was not to be, however a new type 981 Porsche Boxster Spyder is going to be made.
The new Spyder made its debut at the New York International Auto show and it looks stunning. The new car is more powerful, lighter and has a convertible top that is much easier to put on and take off than the type 987 Spyder.
Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to see the specs and a video of the new Porsche Boxster Spyder.
Many elements in the styling of the new 981 Spyder look close to the 987 Spyder. From the rear trunk you have the same looking power domes as in the last Boxster Spyder. You also get a more pronounced duck tail spoiler.
Of course being a 981 you get the larger air intakes behind the door. At the front you get a facia that is inspired by the GT3 and it gives it a very purposeful look as well as helping with cooling. Overall the lines are very Porsche, but it has a track ready look to it. Even before you get in it, you just want to floor it.
With the rear power domes and the large side intakes it looks a lot like a smaller Carrera GT. This gives the Boxter Spyder a more exotic supercar look compared to the normal Boxster.
With the nicer weather upon us in most of the US, a convertible top makes a car even more fun. The 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder has a manual top to help save weight, but unlike the last Spyder, this one is very easy to open and close. You simply unhook the clips and then it all folds into the compartment in front of the rear trunk.
The inside of the Porsche Boxster Spyder is made of very good materials. The standard Sports Seats Plus are very supportive when taking a turn quickly. They also give it a more purposeful look.
The Boxster spyder comes standard without air-conditioning and without a radio to save weight. while these can be added back, when removed it helps give the interior a very clean look.
Overall the Spyder inside is a great place to be. There is plenty of leather and Alcantara accents. Plus there is a strap for a door handle, which is a nod to past lightweight cars by Porsche (as well as the 987 Spyder).
Sit down in the cockpit and you find that all the driving controls are positioned well and it gives the car a driver focused feel. The placement of the slightly smaller steering wheel (360 mm versus 370 mm in the Boxster S) to the six-speed transmission’s shifter lever is just right. It allows for your hand to fall right onto it when you are about to change gears.
At the heart of the new Porsche Boxster Spyder is a 3.8-liter engine sourced from the 911 Carrera S. The engine has been detuned a bit to keep the Boxster from outperforming the Cayman GT4 or the higher end 911s. It still manages 375 horsepower from the flat-six engine (and we are sure tuners like SharkWerks have big plans for this one).
All that power goes through a wonderful manual six-speed transmission. Put it all together and the Boxster Spyder can launch from 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds.
To help the handling the car has a firm sports suspension, has been lowered 20 mm and has brakes taken from the 911 Carrera S. Unlike the Cayman GT4, the Spyder doesn’t have much of its suspension from the GT3, but it still looks like a very good setup.
The 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder starts at $82,100.
With the open-aired option a 911 engine and weight reduction, the new Porsche Boxster Spyder looks like it will be a fun driving machine on the road or track. It almost has supercar good looks and will get noticed.
For someone looking at getting a base 911 Carrera, the Boxster Spyder is a tempting purchase. For about the same price you get a potentially quicker car with neutral handling and something that stands out more.
We think that Porsche will have a sale hit on their hands and if you want one, you may want to order it now. After all, this is pretty much the Boxster we have always wanted.
Desktop wallpaper of the new Porsche Boxster Spyder