Porsche Boxster Spyder

This has been a big year for Porsche, having showcased the track-focused Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3 RS at the Geneva Motor Show. Porsche decided that for the 2015 New York Auto Show, this would be the perfect place to unveil the new Porsche Boxster Spyder to the world. The nameplate returns after a long, four-year absence from the spotlight as the quickest and most powerful Boxster. Base MSRP $82,100


As most people expected, the sleek and sexy design of the 2014 Boxster Spyder was carried over for the 2016 model. The streamlined bodywork extends down towards the modified engine lid, while two flying buttresses have been incorporated behind the seats. A manually operated top, an unmistakable design feature, helps to reduce the car’s overall weight. Borrowed from the Cayman GT4, the front and rear fascias look provocative with the Spyder’s lines and arches. A slim air dam is located at the front end forward of the luggage compartment, which has also been borrowed form the Cayman GT4. A slightly larger spoiler greets you at the back, while two diffuser-like elements sit low on the rear bumper.


The interior is as equally unique as the exterior, with a focus on the pure driving experience and the pleasure you will get from it. The sport seats are a standard feature in the Spyder, as well as a redesigned steering wheel that is 0.4 inches smaller in diameter than its predecessor. Similar to the racecar that inspired it, the Spyder has been stripped of all unnecessary features in order to reduce the weight as much as possible, including the radio and air conditioning units. However, it is important to know that these two features can be ordered upon purchase as no-cost options. Cloth loops replace the traditional door handles.


Again borrowing form the GT4, the 3.8-liter flat-six has been slightly detuned in order to fit the margin. Rated at 400 horsepower in the 911 and 385 horsepower in the GT4, in the Boxster Spyder it is making 375 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. These numbers will result in a 0-60 time of around 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph. This engine is mated with Porsche’s 6-speed manual transmission with dual-mass flywheel and self-adjusting clutch.


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