New York Motor Show 2015: Porsche Boxster Spyder {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

9 May 2015

You could be forgiven for thinking that the Porsche Boxster has been left out in the cold with all the recent press and furore surrounding the Cayman GT4, but Porsche aren’t one to let their most successful sports model be left out – so at the New York Motor Show they revealed the new Boxster Spyder. The previous generation of Boxster had a Spyder too, limited run, no roof to speak of and a smidge more power and Porsche knows that there were big fans of that car, but there were too many compromises.

So for the 981-generation Boxster Spyder we get lots of nice tweaks but also some creature comforts. The powertrain is lifted from the Cayman GT4 with a slight detune, so there’s the 3.8 litre flat-6 from the 911 Carrera S producing 370 bhp in this installation. Given that the Spyder weighs 1390 kg (30 kg less than the Boxster GTS) the performance obviously gets a shot in the arm. 0 – 62 mph takes 4.5 seconds on the way to the 180 mph top speed, considerably gains over the GTS.

Unlike the GT4, the Spyder is built on the normal production line, so doesn’t get the whole host of GT3 parts that the coupe gets but there are a lot of upgrades over the GTS. There are bigger brakes from the 911, 20 mm lower ride height thanks to a new, lighter and firmer suspension setup and there is no satnav or AC as standard to save weight. The Spyder gains a completely new roof to save weight too – this one is manually operated though the rear deck is still electric.

Visually you have the nose and tail additions from the Cayman GT4 which gives a much more aggressive stance and look, but you only get the lower ducktail spoiler at the back. On the rear deck there are two buttresses that flow from the rollover hoops as a nod to the 1960’s 718 Spyder model.

The Boxster Spyder is on sale now for £60,459