Back to Basics with New Porsche Boxster Spyder

Want a radio or AC? It'll cost you.

by on Apr.01, 2015

Porsche trims the Boxster down to its basics.

A funny thing has happened over the years. Manufacturers have rolled out an assortment of simple sports cars, only to see them steadily add more features and frills that, for many aficionados, actually takes away from the raw pleasure of driving.

So, Porsche is hoping to win over those motoring aficionados with the return of its Boxster Spyder, a back-to-basics design that even foregoes the speedy motorized convertible top for a manual cloth cover.

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“Staying true to roadster DNA, the Boxster Spyder offers a traditional sports-car driving experience combined with truly exceptional performance,” Porsche announced as it rolled out the Boxster Spyder during a New York Auto Show preview.

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It’s been a half-decade since the last Spyder was offered, and its reputation has only been burnished over time.

The Boxster Spyder's flat-six makes 375-hp.

Much closer to the original Boxster in its purity, the new model is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six making a hefty 375-horsepower and capable of taking you to 60 in a mere 4.3 seconds – with a rated top speed of 180 mph.

The body of the Spyder has been lowered almost an inch compared to the stock Boxster. It’s been recalibrated to deliver a more direct steering feel and, when it comes time to scrub off speed, you foot will find itself connected to brakes lifted from the 911 Carrera S.

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Porsche suggests the exterior of the Boxster Spyder picks up some classic design cues – such as the fins that stretch from the top of the car to its its rear — lifted from the maker’s street and racing past, including the 718 Spyder of the 1960s.

The front and rear fascia, as well as an air outlet ahead of the front luggage compartment, are all unique to the Boxster Spyder.

The radio and A/C are gone - but you get sport seats.

Inside, both driver and passenger get standard Porsche Sport Seats Plus. There’s a slightly small, more track-style steering wheel, as well.

To save weight, Porsche has excised both the radio and air conditioner. If you absolutely, positively have to have them back, it will let you order them – for a fee, of course, this being Porsche.

In fact, Porsche says, “the entire range of Boxster audio systems is available for customers to choose from as an option, including the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with navigation.”

You’ll be able to driver off with a new Porsche Boxster Spyder after it reaches showrooms in the U.S. market in October – though it’s already available for order. The U.S. MSRP is $82,100, not including a $995 destination charge.

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One Response to “Back to Basics with New Porsche Boxster Spyder”

  1. Jorge says:

    Porsche has tried a stripped down and/or “track oriented” model several times in the past and unfortunately they don’t sell all that well and you typically pay a premium to have standard equipment deleted. The jacked price doesn’t make much sense to most consumers for the minor track performance improvement.

    Porsche even created a unique limited edition 60th anniversary Carrera model for the U.S. Porsche Club of America. In theory these cars should be collectibles but I doubt that they will be very collectible as they aren’t really anything special other than some trim and paint color.

    For those who just enjoy the pure sportscar driving experience, A/C and a radio are often useful depending on where you live. IMO the GT3/4 series cars are what most serious drivers or track enthusiasts desire for a “stripped” model, but unfortunately the price of admission limits access of these models.