The new Porsche Boxster Spyder made its global debut at the ongoing New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). This will be the top of the range model and Porsche says that it is the lightest and most powerful Boxster yet. The open top can now be ordered from Porsche Centres with prices starting from 1,12,186 Euros (75,69,490 Rupees) and deliveries in Europe set to begin by July this year.
The new Boxster looks pretty and builds upon what was already a beautiful package, though it’s not much different than its predecessor. The design highlights are the ducktail spoiler at the back and the smooth-looking bulges behind the head restraints meant to elicit memories of the 718 Spyder from the 1960s, these same bulges can also be seen on the 918 hybrid hypercar. Porsche candidly state that the front and rear are taken from the Cayman GT4. The ride height has been lowered and is now 20mm lower as compared to the Boxster GTS. The fabric roof does not get electrical operation, instead it has to be opened and closed manually keeping in tune with the good old days.
The interiors get light bucket seats that come with good side support and a 360 mm diameter, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel. Creature comforts like climate control and radio are not part of the standard package; this has been done with a view to save weight and increase the sportiness of the drive. Lightweight, mid-mounted engine, low ride height and a firm sports suspension all should come together to give the Boxster superior levels of agility and driving precision.
Engine is the same one found in the 911 Carrera S, that is a 3.8-litre flat six tuned to produce 370 bhp and 420 Nm of torque. Power is transferred to the rear wheels through the only option of a six-speed manual transmission. It takes just a claimed 4.5 seconds for the car to reach 62 mph (100 kmph) with 180 mph (290 kmph) being the max velocity achievable. Porsche says that their latest drop-top will give just under 10 kilometres per litre of gas.
Coming to optional equipments, the AC and radio I mentioned earlier won’t come with the stock option, but if you want them, Porsche will add them to the car without any extra cost. Options coming at extra cost include the entire range of Boxster audio systems and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system.