• Nov 5th 2009 at 9:00AM
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Porsche Boxster Spyder - Click above for high-res image gallery

We're less than a month away from the LA Auto Show, which means that automakers are starting to dribble out some of what we'll be seeing there. The gang from Zuffenhausen will be rolling out a new lightweight edition of the Boxster dubbed "Spyder" especially for those who live where the sun shines and the roads twist. Like the classic 550 Spyders of the Fifties, the top mechanism in this new Boxster is merely a formality – rather than providing fully enclosed driving is more of a sun-shade than anything else.

Overall, Porsche's engineers have pared off about 176 pounds from the Spyder, bringing it down to 2,811 pounds. Propulsion comes via a direct-injected 3.4-liter boxer six with a 10 horsepower boost over the Boxster S for a total of 320. With the automaker's seven-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox, the Spyder gets to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and manages a combined 25.3 mpg (US) on the EU drive cycle.

In Porsche's time-honored "less is more" (money) world, the Boxster Spyder goes on sale in February 2010 with a base price $61,200. We're quite sure your local Porsche dealer will happily offer to put back some additional weight in your car in the form of options, but, hey – at least your wallet's heft will be pared back significantly to help offset the difference. For the rest of you dreamers, be sure to check out our high-res gallery below along with the some videos and the press release after the jump.



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PRESS RELEASE:

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.

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

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.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I never thought I would say it but that is a cool Boxster!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok, I know it's not a "cool" car because:
      1. You'd have to explain why you didn't buy the 911 and
      2. You'd have to explain what makes it better than a regular Boxster

      But still, Damn! That looks great. No lame ass pop-up excuse for a spoiler like the regular Boxster (Bonus: the spoiler is always up! No red flag to the cops that you're speeding). All that and the styling from the Carrera GT makes it one sweet ride.

      I'll take a yellow one, please.

      z
      • 5 Years Ago
      I encourage everyone to test drive a Boxster. They are great handling, driving cars. You can pick up used ones for fairly cheap. Yes, yes....maintenance and repairs can be killer. But they are so much fun to drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would weigh even less without those cheesy stickers on the sides.
      • 5 Years Ago
      anyone notice the belt door-handle pull, old school..
      • 5 Years Ago
      why won't the any of the images of this beautiful car load?!?!?! #$%^&*(*&^%$!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perfect for Southern California! Yummy ;-)
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      The roof was sooo a after thought.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        How is the roof an afterthought, when the whole point was to remove the folding roof, and put on a "bikini-top" instead, that saves weight. It isn't an afterthought if it is pretty much the whole point.

        Would you rather they left the cover off completely, and offered no rain protection whatsoever?

        This is an additional model, not a replacement. The standard boxster and boxster S still have the full convertible roof. This car is for climates where it rarely rains, and doesn't really snow... or else to be left in the garage when it does. This is supposed to be a weekend warrior, not a daily driver, unless the weather is always good. It is more for track days than work days.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        JDM Life, if you actually got a chance to drive a Boxster, even the base version, you would have to change your name because you would no longer be a Japanese fanboy. You would then understand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        @ JDM: Correct, and in response; "exactly the point"
      • 5 Years Ago
      That soft top does not look like an auto unit, it looks like a lambo self deployed pain in the a$$
        • 5 Years Ago
        S'pose the "top" has been speed tested?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It has nothing to do with arm strength. You obviously have never seen a lambo or Ferrari spyder roof put on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Two points here: 1. Drive with the top down. Convertibles are meant to be driven with the top down. Most of them look ugly with the tops up.

        2. The whole point of this update is reduced weight. Those fancy hydraulically-driven auto tops look cool in operation, but add a lot of weight and complexity. My MR2 Sypder (a very low-weight car) has a manual top, and I think it's fine. I can reach back and release the top and have it clipped in in a matter of seconds, without getting out of my seat. Not a problem at all. After all, how often do I actually put the top up anyway?
        • 5 Years Ago
        girlie arms need not apply
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dig it, I have driven a '99 before, and this one seems nice and light like that one with alot more power. I would take mine in Silver with some BBS wheels please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Want. I've been hoping for something like this for a long time. About time Porsche starts bucking the trend (at least trying) of increasingly yuppified, heavy, expensive and overly optioned and creature comforted image statements in it's lineup.

      Something wicked this way comes and I love it. 911 GT3RS, new 911 Turbo and now this? I'm sure a Cayman variation will soon follow...
      • 5 Years Ago
      2,800 lbs for a 300hp+ convertible these days is outstanding. The regular boxster is a mid-engined dream to drive, I'm sure this thing even more amazing.

      In comparison, the BMW Z4 3.0 turbo is a porky 700lbs heavier, and the Audi TT-RS roadster is still up 500lbs, granted they each have real convertible tops.
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