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(from Porsche Press
Release) Light, Efficient, Open: Boxster Spyder Making World
Debut in Los Angeles
Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is introducing a
new top version of the Porsche Boxster, a light mid-engined roadster
making its world debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show in December.
Weighing just 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
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.
Significantly 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 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.
In 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.
In 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.