Porsche Boxster Spyder
With the pre-718 Porsche Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4, Porsche showed that they were getting more serious about their non-911 sports cars. At the time the Cayman sat above the Boxster in the model lineup. With the introduction of the 718 Boxster and Cayman the Boxster moved slightly ahead of the Cayman in the pecking order costing a bit more just as the 911 Cabriolet sits above the Carrera.
The pre-718 Boxster Spyder received a slightly de-tuned naturally aspirated engine sources from the 911 Carrera S. The Cayman GT4 got the same power plant (although less de-tuned) and suspension parts sourced from the GT3. The suspension was the largest difference between the Spyder and GT4 from a performance stand point.
The rumor mill has been turning and it has been reported by many that the upcoming Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder will once again get a naturally aspirated flat-six (replacing the turbocharged flat-four in the 718 Boxster and Boxster S). This time it is said to get the ultimate in naturally aspirated boxer engines. It will get a power plant sourced from the 911 GT3.
One also would have to assume with all that power that the 718 Boxster Spyder will get GT3 source suspension and brakes. With its mid-mounted engine, GT3 power plant and GT3 suspension, it would be the ultimate in lightweight open-aired vehicles. Beyond this when you consider where the Boxster started life in the Porsche lineup, it shows just how invested Porsche is in the roadster for the long term.
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