Porsche will be unveiling the new Boxster Spyder at this year’s New York International Auto Show. The new top model in the open two-seater series retains the independent character of the previous Spyder. The classic fabric roof is opened and closed by hand, and the sports car is only available with a manual transmission.
As a true original roadster, the Boxster Spyder offers a traditional sports car driving experience but with contemporary performance. This means a firm sports suspension with a 20mm lower ride height, brakes taken from the 911 Carrera, more direct steering, and a 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine with an output of 375bhp. Porsche claims that it takes around 4.5 seconds for the Boxster Spyder to sprint from 0 to 100 km/hr; the model’s top speed is 290 km/hr.
The distinctive design of the Boxster Spyder includes stylistic elements typical for the legendary sports and race cars from Porsche. As a tribute to the 718 Spyder from the 1960s, the new Boxster Spyder has two prominent streamlined bulges that extend down along the long rear lid behind the headrests. The partially manually operated, lightweight top is suitable for everyday use and brings to mind roadsters from the past, while the fins that stretch back to the rear lend the vehicle’s silhouette its characteristic design. The front and rear end of the model were taken from the Cayman GT4.
More so than in any other Boxster, the interior of the new top model creates an atmosphere that elicits a feeling of pure driving pleasure. The driver and passenger sit in light sports bucket seats with large side supports, while the new steering wheel with a diameter of 360 mm helps to ensure that the mid-engine roadster can be driven precisely and with great agility.