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Porsche Boxster Spyder
May Satisfy Your Need For Speed

by Jean-Philippe Blanchard
There’s a reason why NASCAR is a multi-billion dollar industry. People have a need for speed. A need to watch and drive fast cars. For decades, Porsche has been at the forefront of speed. A couple of issues ago, LATF featured their Cayman GT4. The car company is still making headlines with their latest: the Boxster Spyder. This is a vehicle that will have speed enthusiasts licking their chops.
With top track speeds of 180mph, the Spyder goes from zero to 60mph in 4.3 seconds! Porsche originally launched this line in 2011, but they call the latest edition the most powerful and the fastest they’ve ever created.
If you are in need a short Boxster history lesson: The basic concept for the entire Boxster family comes from the legendary 550 Spyder from 1953. It is a mid-engine roadster concept with low weight. Porsche introduced the 550 Spyder at the Paris Motor Show in October 1953. The two-seater was the first sports car from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen to be developed specifically for racing. However, a street-legal version was also produced. In subsequent years, the Spyder, weighing just 1212 pounds, achieved numerous victories on racetracks and in popular road races from the time.
Starting at an MSRP of $82,100 plus $995 destination charge, the new top model of the Boxster range retains the unique character of the previous Spyder, which has already become an automotive icon. Once again, the classic fabric top is operated manually, and the new car is offered exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission.
Porsche claims that the Spyder is the lightest model in the current Boxster range, weighing 66 pounds less than a Boxster GTS with manual transmission. Reduced noise insulation also lowers the vehicle's overall weight. The results are clearly noticeable to the driver. This car's center of gravity is lower than that of any other Boxster, and its power-to-weight ratio has been improved to 7.7 pounds per hp.
Wide 20-inch wheels measuring 8.5 inches at the front and 10.5 inches in the rear are reserved exclusively for the Spyder. The rear wheels are 0.5 inches wider than the widest wheels offered on other Boxsters and further enhance the lateral grip of the modified sport chassis, which is based on the optional sport suspension offered on the Boxster GTS.
For the exterior, the lightweight top lowers the car's center of gravity and gives the roadster a characteristic design. Two striking elements, known as “streamliners," that stretch from behind the head restraints over the long trunk lid are reminiscent of the 718 Spyder of the 1960s.
Inside, there are some exclusive features that are optional, including the Classic package in red leather. The interior ambiance is characterized by many elements in black Alcantara®. The door opener straps are reminiscent of classic race cars. Interior trim strips are painted in the exterior color – customers can select from a total of ten colors. Optional Full Bucket Seats with large lateral supports let driver and passenger directly experience the outstanding lateral grip of the new Spyder.
More so than in any other Boxster, the interior of the Spyder conveys an atmosphere of pure driving pleasure. The steering wheel, with a diameter of 360 mm (14.2 inches), is 10 mm smaller than on other Boxsters and has already proven itself in the Cayman GT4, and the shorter gear shift lever enables very rapid gear changes.
So, if you’re ready to race, or just simply show off a new sports car, test drive the Boxster Spyder and see if it’s a perfect fit for you!
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