Prior to the New York Auto Show 2015 kicking off, the long-awaited 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder has been unveiled with the same Porsche 911 Carrera sourced 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine as the Porsche Cayman GT4.
Compared to the Cayman GT4, power has been decreased slightly to a total of 375 hp. No torque figures have been unveiled but the German marque has confirmed that the 718-generation Porsche Boxster Spyder will sprint to 96 km/h (60 mph) in a mere 4.3 seconds as well as a 290 km/h top speed.
Other mechanical modifications adopted by the Boxster Spyder compared to other Boxster variants like the GTS include a 20 mm reduction in ride height, the installation of firmer sports suspension as well as Porsche 911 Carrera S sourced brakes. Additionally, more direct steering has been implemented to improve the agility of the German sports car. The new Boxster Spyder is also available exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission.
As the name of the new sports car indications, it adopts a thoroughly revised design over the existing Boxster range. In a similar vein to the previous Porsche Boxster Spyder, the 2016 model implements a soft-top which has to be opened and closed by hand. A different rear decklid is also featured with it incorporating eye-catching buttresses.
To keep the weight of the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder as low as possible, the car doesn’t feature a radio or an air conditioner but these features can be installed as options at no extra cost. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system is also available as an option.
When the Porsche Boxster Spyder hits the market in October in the United States, it will be priced from $82,100 excluding the $995 destination charge.
New York International Auto Show 2015: World Premiere of the Boxster Spyder
New top model in Boxster family
Atlanta. Porsche is highlighting the 2015 convertible season by celebrating the world premiere of the new Boxster Spyder. This pure sports car will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show. The new top model of the Boxster range retains the unique and unmistakable character of the previous Spyder, which has already attained cult status. For example, the classic roadster top is still opened and closed by hand, and the Boxster Spyder is only available with a manual transmission, benefiting both weight savings and driver enjoyment.
Staying true to roadster DNA, the Boxster Spyder offers a traditional sports-car driving experience combined with truly exceptional performance. This includes a firm sport suspension with a 20-mm lower ride height, brakes taken from the 911 Carrera S, more direct steering, and a 3.8-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with an output of 375 hp, culminating in a genuine sports car experience with outstanding driving dynamics. It is the lightest model of the current Boxster line, and the most powerful Boxster to date. Taking only 4.3 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph, the Boxster Spyder has a top track speed of 180 mph.
The distinctive design of the Boxster Spyder includes stylistic elements reminiscent of legendary sports and race cars from Porsche. Two prominent streamliners that extend down along the sweeping rear lid behind the headrests pay tribute to the 718 Spyder from the 1960s. The manually operated, lightweight top is suitable for everyday use with an electric clasp, while bringing to mind roadsters from the past. The fins that stretch back from the top to the rear lend the vehicle’s silhouette its characteristic design. The front and rear fascia’s also are unique to the Boxster Spyder, and an air outlet is located in front of the forward luggage compartment.
More so than in any other Boxster, the interior of the new Spyder creates an atmosphere that elicits a feeling of pure driving pleasure. The driver and passenger sit in standard Sport Seats Plus, while the new steering wheel with a diameter of 360 mm (compared to 370 mm in other Boxster models) helps ensure the mid-engine roadster can be driven precisely and with great agility.
In line with the model’s traditional roadster character, neither a radio nor an air conditioner is included as standard equipment in order to reduce weight. However, both can be ordered as optional equipment at no cost. Furthermore, the entire range of Boxster audio systems is available for customers to choose from as an option, including the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with navigation.
The new Boxster Spyder will be launched in the U.S. market in October and can now be ordered at dealerships. In the United States, the MSRP is $82,100, not including a $995 destination charge.