The 2015 New York Auto Show opened its doors with a German debut, the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder, a purist sports car for those who want to enjoy the most beautiful roads in the world. Just like the previous version, the new Boxster Spyder retains its classic fabric roof, which is still opened and closed by hand, and will be offered only with a manual transmission.
Under the hood, there is a 3.8-liter six-cylinder petrol engine developing 375 hp (276 kW), which can push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.3 seconds. Top speed is limited at 290 km/h or 180 mph. Despite the impressive performances, the NEDC overall fuel consumption amounts to 9.9 l/100 km.
Furthermore, the Boxster Spyder features a firm sports suspension which brings it 20 mm closer to the ground, while the brakes are taken from the 911 Carrera. When it comes to design, the vehicle shows stylish elements that recall the legendary sports and race cars from Porsche.
According to the manufacturer, the Boxster Spyder features two prominent streamlined bulges that extend down along the rear lid behind the headrests, which are a tribute to the 718 Spyder from the 1960s.
The partially manually operated top is also a tribute to the roadsters from the past, while the fins that stretch back to the rear lend the vehicle’s characteristic design. Front and rear ends are taken from the Cayman GT4. The interior was designed to offer pure driving pleasure and the light sports bucket seats feature large side supports, while the steering wheel with a diameter of 360 mm ensures that the roadster can be driven with great agility.
Just like its predecessor, the new Boxster Spyder doesn’t offer radio or air conditioner as standard equipment in order to reduce weight, but if you really want them Porsche will offer these as an option at no extra cost.
Porsche says that the entire range of Boxster audio system is available but only as an option, just like the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. Pricing starts at 79,945 euros in Germany including sales tax and country-specific equipment features, while in the United States the vehicle costs $82,100, not including the $995 destination charge.
Thanks to a systematic lightweight approach, the new Porsche Boxster Spyder boasts of purist equipment features. In fact, the Spyder is considered as the lightest sports car in the Boxster family, weighing just 1,315 kg.
For instance, the Spyder features a large trunk lid made from aluminum. Its lightweight design hood with unheated polymer rear window is around 11 kg lighter than a conventional Boxster hood. The new Spyder also employs lightweight sport bucket seats and has less insulation. With a center of gravity lower than other Boxsters, the Spyder boasts of a weight-to-power ratio of 3.5 kg per hp, allowing this sportscar to be a nimble as a go-cart, while still able to sprint as a high-performance sports car.
Aside from its lightweight nature, the new Boxster Spyder also delivers high levels of driving dynamics thanks to a number of other measures. For instance, it rides on exclusive wide 20-inch wheels –measuring 8.5 inches on the front, and 10.5 inches on the rear -- that help improve its lateral dynamics. It is also underpinned by a modified sport chassis derived from the suspension of the Boxster GTS.
As standard, the Boxster Spyder is equipped with the Sport Chrono package. This package includes dynamic transmission mounts that prevent the engine-transmission unit to move in alternating bends. Power is sent to the rear wheels of the Spyder through a classic mechanical differential lock that is included as part of the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) system.
Featuring a locking effect that is 22 percent under power and 27 percent in overrun, this mechanical differential lock -- in conjunction with PTV – helps make steering more responsive and more precise through targeted brake interventions at the rear wheel on the inside of a curve. The Spyder also features electro-mechanical power steering derived from the 911 Turbo, featuring a setup that is more direct than its Boxster siblings. In addition, the Spyder features a brake system that performs better than on other Boxster models, featuring brake calipers and rotors derived from the 911 Carrera S.