Is The Porsche Boxster Spyder The Greatest Porsche Roadster Ever?


Unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

As we approach the convertible season, Porsche has timed the release of the new Boxster Spyder perfectly. After revealing the Cayman GT4 in Geneva, Porsche has unveiled its drop-top equivalent today at the New York Auto Show, and our immediate impressions is that this could go down as the greatest Porsche Roadster ever. It retains the best fabric roof of its predecessor and more importantly, the range-topping Boxster will be available exclusively with a manual transmission.

Aimed at sports car purists, the Boxster Spyder comes with a firm GTS-based sports suspension, sits 20 mm closer to the ground, borrows brakes from the 911 and comes powered by a 3.8-liter straight-six unit rated at 375 hp. That makes it the most powerful Boxster on the market, and at 2,900 pounds, it’s also the lightest. The result is a 0-62 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of just over 180 mph. It also looks stunning. The two prominent bulges extending down from behind the headrests along to rear lid are a nod to the 718 Spyder from the 1960s, while the classic hood is partially manually operated. The front and rear ends come straight from the Cayman GT4.

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A driver-focused interior gets light sport buckets with large side supports, and a new 360-mm diameter steering wheel. There’s no radio or a/c unit, but along with a sound system these can be added as optional extras. The new Boxster Spyder will launch in July in Europe starting from 79,945 euros and in the US in October priced $82,100 (plus $995 destination).