• Dec 2, 2009
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Porsche rolled out the 2010 Boxster Spyder, the third model in the Boxster lineup, for its world debut at the LA Auto Show, with an entirely new look and – we are led to believe – a driving personality nearly on par with the 911 GT3 RS.

Hidden deep and low in the belly of the Spyder is a tuned version of Porsche's 3.4-liter flat-six, rated at 320 hp (ten more than the Boxster S). While the added horses are welcome, it's the 176 pounds of mass lost that really raises our interest. To achieve these savings, Porsche has fitted the Spyder with a lightweight carbon fiber-ribbed soft top, unique rear decklid, low side windows, aluminum door skins and interior door panels with straps swapped from the 911 GT3 RS. Air conditioning, cupholders and an audio system have been left back on the factory floor (don't worry, Porsche will let you add them back for a price). With a curb weight of just 2,811 pounds, it is the lightest model in Porsche's lineup. With a power-to-weight ratio rivaling the Carrera S, the Boxster Spyder with a dual-clutch PDK transmission will now rip to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.

However, that's only part of the enthusiast-oriented story. Porsche replaced the dampers with an all-new sport suspension, riding 20 mm lower than the other models, to drop the center of gravity and improve handling over the standard Porsche Boxster and Boxster S. Fitted with a standard limited-slip differential and lightweight wheels, the package looks just fine to us. As expected, the pure driving enjoyment of the Porsche Boxster Spyder won't come cheap – base pricing starts at $61,200 when it arrives in February 2010.



[Source: Porsche]

PRESS RELEASE

Porsche Boxster Spyder Makes World Debut at Los Angeles International Auto Show

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2, 2009 – Today, at a press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche – a company known for creating light and highly efficient and desirable sports cars – took the wraps off one of its most nimble and sportiest mid-engine cars ever: the 2011 Boxster Spyder.

This new mid-engine Porsche represents the purist form of the roadster sports car, meaning it is agile, powerful, open and efficient. Weighing only 2,811 lbs. and delivering 320 horsepower, it goes on sale in February 2010 and will join the Boxster and Boxster S that made their world debut here last year.

This exciting new member of the Boxster family stands out among other versions of the company's famous roadster. Almost reluctantly, Porsche's engineers equipped it with a lightweight manual soft top meant for protection only; it is there to be deployed on those occasions when the elements absolutely demand it. This utilitarian 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, low-slung silhouette reminiscent of the Carrera GT.

"The new Boxster Spyder looks distinctly different from its Boxster siblings," said Klaus Berning, Porsche's executive board member responsible for worldwide sales and marketing, speaking at the Los Angeles Auto Show press conference today. "Our designers borrowed from the rich history of our mid-engine sports and race cars of the '50s, but under the skin it has our most advanced technology so that its performance matches the Spyder's looks, making it the quintessential purist Porsche."

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, 10 more than the Boxster S.

The combination of more horsepower, 176 lbs. less weight than the award-winning Boxster S, 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 provide 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.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice, finally a Chickster --I mean Boxter that guys wouldn't feel embarrassed to drive and no longer would have to utter the words: "It's my girlfriend's car"

      Ouch on the base price but less is more...and this one will likely be a collectible. Now if only they would make an RS version of the regular Carrera. Just take out all the crap, maybe leave the AC as an option (for us in the sunbelt) and delete the sunroof, heavy seats, rear seats, etc. etc. and cut the price accordingly...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ McG, misogynist and homophobic much ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        POV,

        Not sure where you live but in my neck of the woods (SoCal) the early iteration of the Boxster is very much a chick's car.

        As far as sex roles are concerned, visualize two dudes rolling top down in a Boxster (probably holding hands) That's the image that comes across.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Very nice, finally a Chickster --I mean Boxter that guys wouldn't feel embarrassed to drive and no longer would have to utter the words: 'It's my girlfriend's car'"
        Wow, why would ANYONE the Boxster, of all cars, has ANY sex roles associated with it? That's crazy talk.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @sparkk

        I'm in L.A. where I coexist with both so that is a negative ghostrider.

        Didn't mean to offend you, drive your Boxster with your buddy much?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh Yeah! Can't wait to trade in the current one!
      • 5 Years Ago
      McG...First off So Cal and California in general is the land of FRUITS AND NUTS!!. Second in about 40 years it will be almost totally Mexican. Third it will break off and float away in about hundred years and sink. Prepare your grandkids to speak Spanish and swim.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For me now that Porsche is no longer independent but just another brand in the VW group they have become somewhat less atractive, not so desirable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great looking car but the base price should start at $50,000 in my opinion, before the option price gouging begins.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would think most buyers would add on the AC and radio. That would probably add ~30 pounds back??
        • 5 Years Ago
        i think the targeted buyers for this won't get the AC and if they really want to listen to music they'll get an ipod. most of them would probably start changing body panels with aftermarket carbon fiber parts, i would do that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        An Ipod while driving? That's illegal in any state I have ever checked on. If you read the article, the "deleted items: Sound System, A/C etc. can be added back....for a price. If you can afford the car, you can afford to add the options.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the prettiest porshe i've seen in a long time
      • 5 Years Ago
      a couple of words.... miata, and s2000
        • 5 Years Ago
        McG...

        This IS the super stripped down version.

        But it doesn't cost less, because porsche sees a reason that it's sport focused models sell at higher premiums than the mainstream models.

        GT3 sells at a higher price than a Carrera 2. Higher demand for higher performance justifies higher prices. It isn't purely a cost recuperation business model.

        The Cayman should cost less than the Boxster, if it were by parts count and complexity alone, a convertible is usually slightly heavier, and more expensive to engineer and build... but the more rigid cayman shell offers better performance, which is a demand factor, so it becomes a price factor, as well.

        And LS7 is absolutely right. Front-mid isn't a bad thing, but the dynamics are completely different compared to a MID-ENGINED car, with the engine between the driver and the driven rear wheels, not only front wheel feedback, but also weight transfer, rear traction, and polar moment of inertia, and a lot of other dynamic differences. Also different amounts of material into various things, like shorter driveline and exhaust runs, although usually longer liquid coolant line runs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not going to debate over the details or the superiority of mid vs. front-mid, I've owned and tracked several mid engined, rear-engined, and two front-mid engined cars (and many many more front engined cars) The dynamics are all absolutely different and they all have their merits.

        Mid-engined cars BTW are my favourite exactly due to the low polar moment of inertia BUT the weight transfer characteristics are not all equal amongst them and there are too many factors affecting dynamics and traction such as how much of the engine's actual mass is closest to the axis of rotation, tire sizes, then we get into corner weights, blah blah blah.

        In this day and age of electronics driving the car, all that stuff is no longer transparent to the driver anyway unless everything is manually switched off (not even possible to do in many newer cars) There isn't even a learning curve associated with driving a rear or mid engined car anymore. Any grandmother can drive a modern supercar.

        In reality, the CAR is faster, NOT the driver. This is my biggest gripe, I do know that this is the new lightweight stripped down model just like the GT3 and GT3 RS. I'm talking about taking it a step down and creating lighter lower cost versions (which will never happen) of existing Carreras (and Caymans) not by adding stuff, not even a bump in HP, but a removal of unnecessary components and a decreased price for us track junkies who will strip out the car anyway.



        • 5 Years Ago
        BoxerFanatic,

        The S2000 is a front-mid engined car (the engine is completely behind the front axle line) so the chassis is actually very balanced. What made that car so fun was the lack of electronic nannies and a 6-speed manual --none of that push button nonsense was even available (plus, they were comparatively inexpensive)

        I agree that this new Boxster is in many ways superior but it's a new model with the price to boot. If only they offered it without all that crap and just made a super stripped down version which costs less...
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a great idea, I bet they move quite a few, considering the high markup and price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One of the hottest spyders out there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing. We now consider a 2800 lb. sportscar "lightweight".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mmm...yummy. Yucky starting price. I guess less is definitely more...
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