Many must have wondered what prompted Porsche to introduce the new Boxster Spyder when the Boxster S was doing such a fabulous job. It was a complete sports car with very little flaws. The new Boxster spyder has brought with it a few improvements over the Boxster S. So, let us check if it is worth all the hype.
Porsche Boxster Spyder Features
Build And Design
The design is typical Porsche with clean lines and the large eyes in front. This is a car worthy of attention it gets on the streets. With very little variation from the Carrera, Spyder manages to cut down on its weight due to extensive use of aluminum most notably on the rear deck and the doors. The Spyder is 167 pounds lighter than the earlier Boxster S. Rear looks a bit more striking and graphics on the sides look cool.
The carbon fiber backed seats provide a good contrast to the red seatbelts, otherwise the cabin has more or less same color theme. Racing inspired seats may not be the most comfortable for people of all sizes. The manually operated removable roof seems like a ridiculous idea to most. It takes time to pull it up or down every time and sometimes feels frustrating. However this too helped in reducing the weight with no heavy mechanism. The 19inch alloy wheels are also the lightest in the complete Porsche lineup.
Specifications AND Performance
The Porsche Spyder’s 3.4 liter engine is good enough to pump out a decent 320 hp at 7200 rpm. This is 10hp more the Boxster S. but with its very low weight the power the weight ratio is highly impressive. Zero to 60 mph takes a very modest 4.6 seconds with the aid of optional Sports Chrono Package and PDK dual clutch transmission. With a quicker steering rack and stiffer dampers and springs, the Spyder is an agile little machine. The grip is great and the Boxster Spyder never lets you get off track for even a second. It can handle bumpy roads well without breaking down.
The handling is almost divine, as is the case with most Porsches but this trumps them all. The chassis feels well balanced and the German comes to fore during the drive. You would never feel uncomfortable driving a Porsche. This is in no way a supercar, but a race car built for that specific purpose. That is why it manages to achieve a brilliant overall performance with a mid-sized engine. The w eight reduction ensures that every pound on this car is accounted for.
The Porsche Boxster Spyder justifies why it’s the successor to the Boxster S. the Boxster S may have more functionality because it is a sensible car built for everyday use. The Spyder ensures that every time you step out for a drive, you are never disappointed.
Porsche Boxster Spyder Price
It costs a cool $61,200; some $3200 over the Boxster S. Porsche enthusiasts would mind neither the price difference nor the manually operated soft top. It is pure joy of driving this car that would spur them on.