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LA Preview: Porsche reveals new lightweight Boxster Spyder (w/ more pics & video)




Press Release said:
Porsche's newest entry will be the lightest in its line-up

ATLANTA – November 5, 2009 – Weighing in at just 2,811 lbs., the new 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder will be the lightest Porsche available – from a company known for lightweight, proficient sports cars. This new mid-engined roadster represents the true, purist form of the sports car – agile, powerful, open and efficient. This third Boxster model will join the Boxster and Boxster S and will make its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, December 2, 2009.

The newest member of the Boxster family stands out from the other versions of Porsche's mid-engined roadster. Its low-slung, lightweight soft top – when closed – extends far to the rear to protect the driver and passenger from bright sunshine, wind and weather. This top, when combined with extra-low side windows and two striking bulges on the single-piece rear lid, provides the Boxster Spyder with a sleek silhouette reminiscent of the Carrera GT.

The Boxster Spyder features a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine with Direct Fuel Injection upfront of the rear axle. Maximum output is 320 horsepower (hp), 10 hp more than the Boxster S. The combination of 10 more hp and 176 pounds less weight than the award-winning Boxster S, plus an all-new sport suspension that lowers the Boxster Spyder 20 mm, a lower center of gravity, a standard limited slip differential, and exclusive wheels provides the kind of driving dynamics that back up the unique look. Aluminum door skins and lightweight interior door panels from the 911 GT3 RS contribute to the weight reduction.

When equipped with Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission and the Sports Chrono Package, the new Spyder, using Launch Control, accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Top track speed is 166 mph – with the roof open.

Fundamentally, the entire Boxster family is the successor to the legendary 550 Spyder and RS 60 of the Fifties and Sixties, all sharing the same mid-engine roadster concept. Low weight and supreme agility combine to provide outstanding driving pleasure.

In 2004 and 2008 Porsche produced limited editions of the Boxster bearing the additional name Spyder, honoring the 550 and RS 60. In contrast, the new Boxster Spyder is a regular, but specially developed and upgraded production model as compared with the Boxster and Boxster S.

2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder: Light, Powerful, Purist Roadster to be Introduced at Los Angeles Auto Show

The 2011 Boxster Spyder goes on sale February 2010. U.S. pricing is $61,200.
Never did understand this auto industry game with the model year numbering. Anyway...

If the current Boxster S has 10 fewer hp, weighs almost 200 lbs more, and in proves that it reaches 60 mph in 4.1 sec., then it's not unrealistic to expect this version to hit 60 in 4.0 sec. flat or perhaps a tick or two under. And for $61,200?! That's a hell of a lot of bang for the buck in that package.
 

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Nice, but aren't all Boxster's technically 'spyders'??

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The term Spyder is a European term (Spider is used in Italy) for a two-seater convertible or targa (equivalent to "roadster" in American English) implying a more rugged ride and less space than in a sedan.
 

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Me likey!
 

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I really like it! I'll be honest, I've always like the Cayman much more than the Boxster (by leaps and bounds) but I think I like this one the most of all the Boxster/Cayman iterations so far. :thumbup:
 

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Nice, but aren't all Boxster's technically 'spyders'??

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The term Spyder is a European term (Spider is used in Italy) for a two-seater convertible or targa (equivalent to "roadster" in American English) implying a more rugged ride and less space than in a sedan.
they're german. more descriptive words make you notice more about the car and think it's even cooler :p
 

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I really like it! I'll be honest, I've always like the Cayman much more than the Boxster (by leaps and bounds) but I think I like this one the most of all the Boxster/Cayman iterations so far. :thumbup:
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The ones I've seen modified with additional body kit pieces give it a sex appeal unlike any 911 body. Not that there's anything wrong with say a 911-GT3, but it's a different look - the 911 appear more purposeful.

I put the Cayman in league (in the looks dept. only) with their discontinued Carrera GT. Something about both of them would make me give up a body part for.
 

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A couple more pics to show the cosmetic changes to the rear:





And the interior shot:
 

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that's a real porsche. a good new car after their panamera piece of crap (only crap because it's NOT a porsche)
 

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Its the first Boxer I've ever liked. It's light and should be quite tossible. Will be lots of fun Auto-X and at th Track.....
 
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