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Porsche Boxster snares a new Spyder

Minimalist design reduces weight to improve performance

Published: April 5, 2015, 5:40 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:02 PM

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder

Porsche took the opportunity of the last show of the season, the New York International Auto Show, and the onset of spring to introduce a new Boxster Spyder.

The first Boxster Spyder was introduced in 2010, based on the second generation Boxster that was introduced in 2005.

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder

The look is true to the redesigned Boxster introduced in 2012, with unique design elements such as reworked front and rear fascias, streamliners extending over the mid-mounted engine’s cover from the integrated rollbars located behind the seat headrests, and fins that extend from the manually operated top’s rear corners.

Like its predecessor, the latest Spyder is a study in minimalism and weight savings — anything that isn’t deemed essential to the enjoyment of driving has been removed from the Boxster; and as a result, the model is considerably lighter than its stablemates. As examples, the fabric top is still opened and closed by hand, and the only available transmission is a manual.

As expected from any Porsche and the Boxster in particular, the chassis is primed for handling whatever curves life throws at it. The sport suspension ride height has been lowered 20 mm (just under an inch); the steering has been made more direct and brakes are lifted from the 911 Carrera S.

A 3.8-litre horizontally opposed (Boxer) six-cylinder engine makes 375 hp and drives the car to 100 km/h in about 4.5 seconds, en route to a potential top speed of 290 km/h.

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder cockpit

The interior seats occupants in Boxster’s Sport Seat Plus accommodations, with the driver located behind a steering wheel that is about a half inch smaller in diameter, translating into more precise control over the car’s agility. For weight savings, neither a radio nor air-conditioner is included on the standard equipment list. Both are no-cost options.

The new top-of-the-line Boxster will be available in North America in October 2015.