New Porsche Boxster
Spyder revealed ahead of official debut in Los Angeles
8th November, 2009
The new Porsche Boxster Spyder,
a light mid-engined roadster is making its world debut at the Los Angeles
Motor Show in December.
Weighing 1,275 kg or 2,811 lb, the Boxster
Spyder is the lightest model throughout the entire range of Porsche cars.
Clearly recognisable right from the start, this new mid-engined roadster
represents the true, purist form of the Porsche sports car – light,
powerful, consistently open, and very efficient.
This is precisely
the formula already applied in creating Porsche’s most successful road-going
sports and racing cars, ranging from the legendary 550 Spyder all the way to
the RS Spyder so successful in motorsport today.
The Boxster Spyder
now continues this clear-cut philosophy with full homologation for the road,
thus reflecting a common wish expressed by Porsche customers. The new model
is entering the market in February 2010 as the third version in the Boxster
range, joining the Boxster and Boxster S.
The new member of the
Boxster family stands out clearly at very first sight from the other
versions of Porsche’s mid-engined roadster. Quite simply because the Boxster
Spyder has been developed first and foremost for driving in the open air,
the low-slung, 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.
less weight than the Boxster S, a lower centre of gravity and an all-new
sports suspension give the Boxster Spyder the right kind of driving dynamics
clearly reflecting the unique look of the car.
The Boxster Spyder
features a 3.4-litre six-cylinder with Direct Fuel Injection upfront of the
rear axle. Maximum output is 320 bhp, 10 bhp more than in the Boxster S.
Equipped with PDK Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe and the Sports Chrono
Package, the new Spyder, using Launch Control, accelerates from a standstill
to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. Again with optional PDK, fuel consumption is a
mere 9.3 litres on 100 kilometres (equal to 30.4 mpg imp) in the NEDC New
European Driving Cycle. Top speed, in turn, is 267 km/h or 166 mph – with
the roof open.
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-engine roadster concept, low weight, back-to-the-roots lifestyle, and
supreme agility combined with equally outstanding driving pleasure.
The 550 Spyder was the first sports car from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen
developed specifically for racing but also homologated for the road. In the
years following its production, this unique Spyder weighing only 550 kg or
1,213 lb, scored numerous victories on race circuits and in the road races
so popular at the time.
The 550 Spyder was followed by other
extremely successful Porsche Spyders such as the 718 RS 60 in 1960.
2004 and 2008 Porsche dedicated a limited edition of special Boxsters
bearing the additional name Spyder to these legendary racing cars. By
contrast, the new 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
will start worldwide in February 2010. The base price in the Euro countries
is 53,100 Euro. Including 19 per cent VAT and national specifications, the
market price of the new Porsche Boxster Spyder is 63,404 Euro.