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Porsche Boxster Spyder Proves Less is More

Porsche Boxster Spyder Proves Less is More

By Jeff Youngs, April 06, 2015

The idea behind the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder is to reduce weight, increase power, and deliver maximum performance. To that end, a minimalist manual convertible top specially designed for high-speed driving and a 375-horsepower, 3.8-liter flat-six engine are added while at the same time the radio and climate control systems are deleted. Porsche also positions the Boxster Spyder at the top of the roadster's range, with a price of $83,095 (including the $995 destination charge).

There is, of course, greater substance to the Boxster Spyder. It includes a manual gearbox with shorter shift throws and upgraded transmission mounts, Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical rear differential lock, a firmer performance suspension that drops the ride height by 20mm, a braking system from the larger 911 Carrera S model, a sport exhaust system, and quicker steering directed by a smaller-diameter steering wheel.

Knowing how to use a clutch pedal is a requirement, because Porsche does not offer its PDK automated manual transmission in the Boxster Spyder. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 4.3 seconds, according to the automaker's stopwatch, and the Boxster Spyder's top speed is 180 mph.

Interior door pulls are straps, reflective of the Spyder's mission to reduce weight as much as is possible. The company's Sport Chrono package and upgraded performance seats with Alcantara inserts and exposed stitching are standard, and a Spyder Classic package adds Garnet Red leather and GT Silver Metallic interior trim. Buyers can upgrade the car with a climate control system, premium sound system, navigation, and a number of other options.

Exterior differences include restyled front and rear fascias as well as what Porsche describes as "prominent streamliners" sweeping down the rear deck from behind the cockpit. Black bi-xenon headlights and unique 20-in. aluminum wheels available in a choice of finishes are also included on the Boxster Spyder.

Though the car won't arrive until October 2015, interested--and patient--parties can order a Boxster Spyder now.

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