Porsche has taken the wraps off the new Boxter Spyder at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Positioned as the new top model in the Boxter line-up, the Spyder’s purist appeal comes in the form of the lightest and most powerful Boxter ever.
The two-seater open-top sports car has a classic fabric roof that is hand operated to save weight. It rides on firmer sports suspension with a 20 mm lower ride height, brakes taken from the 911 Carrera, sharper steering, and a 3.8-litre six-cylinder boxer engine producing 276kW.
The sprint from rest to 100km/h takes 4.5 seconds, en route to a top speed of 290km/h. Fuel consumption is rated a 9.9L/100km in the combined cycle.
The Boxster Spyder distinguishing elements include two prominent streamlined bulges that extend down along the long rear lid behind the headrests, inspired by the 718 Spyder from the 1960s. The front and rear bumpers were taken from the Cayman GT4.
Inside, the Boxter Spyder features lightweight sports bucket seats and new sports steering wheel with a diameter of 360mm. In line with the model’s purist design neither a radio nor an air conditioner is included as standard equipment in order to reduce weight. However, both can be ordered ex-factory as optional equipment at no extra cost.
The new Boxster Spyder officially launches in July.