Following on from the incredible Cayman GT4 comes the latest beefed-up Porsche roadster, the Boxster Spyder.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

! In Retusche !

 

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