Porsche Boxster Spyder breaks cover

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

Porsche AG introduced today the new Porsche Boxster Spyder, a new top version of the mid-engined roadster which will be officially revealed in December, at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show.

Weighing just 1,275 kg or 2,811 lb, the Boxster Spyder, is in fact a lighter version of the standard Boxster and, according to the manufacturer, is the lightest model throughout the entire range of Porsche cars.

The new car has been developed to be driven in open air but it also comes with a light soft top extending far to the rear serving exclusively to protect the driver and passenger from bright sunshine, wind and weather.

When closed, the soft top, together with the extra-low side windows and the two striking bulges on the single-piece rear lid, boasts a stretched and sleek silhouette reminiscent of the Carrera GT.

The Boxster Spyder is powered by a 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine with Direct Fuel Injection upfront of the rear axle capable to deliver 320 bhp, with 10 bhp more than the Boxster S.

With these numbers, equipped with PDK Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe and the Sports Chrono Package, the new Spyder, using launch control, can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds while the top speed is 267 km/h or 166 mph with the roof open.

With the optional PDK the vehicle also shows an impressive fuel consumption: 9.3 litres on 100 kilometres (equal to 30.4 mpg imp) in the NEDC New European Driving Cycle.

The Porsche Boxster Spyder will be introduced on the market in February 2010: the base price in the Euro countries is 53,100 Euro without taxes while the full price will be 63,404 Euro.

Press Release

Porsche Boxster Spyder

With the all-new Porsche Boxster Spyder, Porsche has introduced a new, lightweight version of the mid-engined Porsche Boxster roadster at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, the distinctive styling and technical specification of which represents the true, purist form of the Porsche sports car - light, powerful, open-roofed, and very efficient.

This is precisely the formula already applied in creating the most successful road-going sports and racing cars throughout the history of Porsche, ranging from the legendary Porsche 550 Spyder of the 1950s to the RS Spyder Le Mans Prototype race car so successful in motorsport today.

Weighing 1,275kg, the Porsche Boxster Spyder is the lightest model in the Porsche line-up, and continues this clear-cut philosophy in a package offering full homologation for the road, reflecting a common wish expressed by Porsche customers.

The new model becomes the third version in the Boxster range, joining the Boxster and Boxster S, yet stands out clearly at first sight from the other versions of the mid-engined roadster, quite simply because the Spyder has been developed first and foremost for driving in the open air. The low-slung, lightweight soft top extends far to the rear and serves to protect the driver and passenger from bright sunshine, wind and rain. When closed, the soft top, together with the bespoke extra-low side windows and the two unique, striking bulges on the single-piece rear lid, boasts a stretched and sleek silhouette reminiscent of the Porsche Carrera GT.

Significantly, the new model weighs 80kg less than the Porsche Boxster S which, combined with a lower centre of gravity and revised suspension, gives the Porsche Boxster Spyder the calibre of driving dynamics that clearly reflect the unique look of the car.

The Porsche Boxster Spyder features a tuned version of the proven 3.4-litre flat six 'boxer' engine with Direct Fuel Injection, which is located ahead of the rear axle. Maximum output is 320 bhp, 10 bhp more than in the Boxster S.

Equipped with the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) twin-clutch transmission and the Sports Chrono Package, the Porsche Boxster Spyder, using Launch Control, accelerates from a standstill to 62mph in 4.8 seconds. Again with optional PDK, fuel consumption is a mere 30.4mpg (9.3 litres/100km) in the NEDC New European Driving Cycle and top speed, in turn, is 166 mph (267 km/h) - with the roof removed.

In terms of its fundamental concept, the entire Boxster family is the successor to the legendary 550 Spyder built back in 1953, both models sharing the same mid-engined roadster concept offering low weight and supreme agility combined with equally outstanding driving pleasure - in essence, an authentic roadster experience.

The 550 Spyder was the first Porsche sports car from Stuttgart developed specifically for racing but also homologated for the road. Weighing only 550kg, this unique Spyder scored numerous victories in the years following its production on the race circuits and in road races popular at the time. The 550 Spyder was followed by other extremely successful Porsche Spyders, such as the 718 RS 60 in 1960.

In 2004 and 2008 Porsche dedicated a limited edition of special Boxsters bearing the additional name Spyder, inspired by these legendary racing cars. By contrast, the new Porsche Boxster Spyder is a regular, specially developed and upgraded production model with far-reaching modifications versus the Boxster and Boxster S.

Market introduction of the new Porsche Boxster Spyder started worldwide in February 2010, priced from £44,643 in the UK and 63,404 EUR in Germany. Included in the purchase price is the invitation for customers to explore the dynamic attributes of their Porsche Boxster Spyder, and develop their own skills behind the wheel, courtesy of a Driving Experience Programme at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone (UK).

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