Following on from the incredible Cayman GT4 comes the latest beefed-up Porsche roadster, the Boxster Spyder.
Making its debut at the new York International Auto Show, the Boxster Spyder is all about the purist, being available only with a six-speed manual transmission. There’s also an enlarged, 276kW 3.8-litre flat-six under its classic, hand-operated fabric roof.
Tightened suspension, a 20mm ride height drop and upgraded brakes from the 911 Carrera ensure the Boxster Spyder stops, steers and goes harder than any that have come before it. Zero to 100km/h is achieved in 4.5sec with a 290km/h top speed putting it on the verge of supercar territory.
The styling is said to be influenced by the legendary 718 Spyder racer of the 1960s with two ‘bulges’ extending from behind the driver along the rear deck. Cayman GT4-inspired cues include aggressive front and rear sections.
Inside lightweight bucket seats offer substantial side bolstering while a 360mm steering wheel offers added immediacy.
Porsche Australia has specified local Boxster Spyders to a higher level than foundin some other markets, with standard equipment including Porsche Communication Management including sat-nav, upgraded audio, cruise control, heated seats and dual-zone climate control.
Porsche expects the Boxster Spyder to arrive in the third quarter of 2015, priced from $169,000 plus on-road costs.
While you wait, check out our thoughts on the Porsche Boxster GTS.