With the new Porsche Boxster Spyder, the German company is giving enthusiasts another reason to smile. Here are five reasons why its OK that the newest Boxster costs $83,905.
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1. Blistering Quickness
Porsche gives its mid-engined roadster more power, with a 3.8-liter flat-six engine making 375-hp. That’s 60 ponies more than the standard Boxster S and 45 more than the previously range-topping Boxster GTS. The sprint to 60 mph takes just 4.3 seconds, giving this canyon carver some kick in a straight line too. For reference, that gives this Boxster the same straight line speed as supercars like the 2014 Audi R8 V8 and even faster than an Aston Martin V8 Vantage S.
2. Manual Only
Cars these days can occasionally come with a third pedal and that wobbly thing sticking out between the driver and passenger. I’m talking of course about manual transmissions, the part that really binds man to machine in a way that no automatic can. To make you look like a real hero, the six-speed manual will automatically rev match your downshifts, ensuring perfect gear changes. The decision is especially noteworthy because Porsche offered an automatic in the previous Boxster Spyder.
3. Parts from the 911
Porsche also looked at the storied 911 for help. The 3.8-liter, 375-hp engine we were talking about earlier is actually swiped from rear end of a Porsche Carrera S and spund around 180 degrees. Count the drop in power to a different and more restrictive exhaust manifold that Porsche used to package the engine in the mid-engine Boxster instead of the rear-engine 911. Additionally, the Boxster Spyder also borrows its brakes from the Carrera S. That means there are 13.4 inch vented and cross drilled rotors up front with six-piston calipers up front, and 13.3 inch rotors with four-piston calipers in the rear. There are also ceramic brakes available that Porsche says are about 50 percent lighter than standard discs of a similar size.
4. Stays Light
In order to make the Spyder the most hardcore Boxster ever, the company decided to strip it down to bare essentials. That means it doesn’t come with standard air conditioning or a radio, although both are available as no-cost options. Furthermore, the retractable roof is hand operated. All this careful attention to excess means that the Spyder sports a curb-weight of 2,899 lbs. For comparison, that’s about the weight of a Chevrolet Sonic.
5. Stylish Call out to Past Porsches
Like the last model, the new Spyder also embraces the Porsche lineage with a pair of streamliners that extend along the sweeping rear lid, that pay tribute to the 718 Spyder from the 1960s. Additionally, you can opt to get a set of carbon fiber seats that feature a fixed backrest, much like the bucket seats in the 918 Spyder.