Carrera engine for second-generation Boxster Spyder
Porsche has revealed that a second generation of the Boxster Spyder will be joining its entry-level platform, and that it will be the most powerful Boxster to date.
As with the new Cayman GT4, the additional power will come from a 3,8-litre flat-six engine that sourced from the 911, giving the Boxster Spyder 276 kW and 419 Nm of torque. This is a significant increase over the Boxster GTS and its 242 kW 3,4-litre engine.
But a Boxster Spyder is actually more about the weight loss than the power, and this time Porsche has managed to shave off 105 kg from the Boxster to get to the Spyder’s 1 315 kg kerb weight. A lot of this comes from the roof which is a fabric unit that needs to be manually operated, although unlike the previous Boxster Spyder, this one can be electronically released.
The roof has also been redesigned to make the process more user-friendly.
Further weight savings are achieved thanks to a spartan interior which has no sat-nav or air-con, but potential buyers can chose to include those, along with a complete infotainment system, at no extra cost.
Porsche will also only be offering the Boxster Spyder with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The performance numbers speak for themselves, with the Spyder being able to complete a 0-100 km/h sprint in 4,5 seconds, five-tenths of second faster than the GTS.
On paper the Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4 seem to share a lot in terms of design and are also the most powerful members of their respective ranges, but they are in reality quite far removed from each other. While the GT road car division built the Cayman GT4 with GT parts, they only consulted on the Boxster Spyder’s development.
That doesn’t mean that the Spyder does without any additional technical aid; it receives upgraded brakes from the Carrera and a firmer sports suspension set-up that is 20 mm lower.
The Boxster Spyder also receives new sports seats with larger side bolsters and a new steering wheel, which Porsche says was included to ensure that it can be driven “precisely and with great agility”.
The car will be available in European showrooms in July and should make a local appearance towards the end of the year.