Car Enthusiast - click here to access the home page


Porsche Boxster Spyder on the web. Image by Porsche.

Porsche Boxster Spyder on the web
Stunning Boxster Spyder gets Cayman GT4's 375hp flat-six - and a fiddly roof.
<< earlier Porsche article     later Porsche article >>


News homepage -> Porsche news

Not a big surprise is it?

Nobody doubted that a drop-top Boxster Spyder would follow the Cayman GT4 into Porsche showrooms, and it was revealed at a New York pre-show event. Following the standard set by its predecessor this is a Boxster that promises more for the purist driver, not least as this time round it's only offered with a six-speed manual gearbox. It might not be the biggest surprise Porsche has ever pulled the covers off, but it's still pretty fabulous.

Cayman GT4 power and suspension?

Not quite, the Boxster Spyder rides on essentially the same suspension as its GTS relation, rather than the 911 GT3 front and bespoke rear-axle set-up of the Cayman GT4. The engine in the new Boxster Spyder is the same 911 Carrera S-derived 3.8-litre flat-six, though here it's got 375hp, which is enough to allow the Boxster Spyder to reach 62mph from rest in just 4.5 seconds and onto a blustery 180mph top speed.

Presumably with the roof blown off somewhere?

Nope; unlike the original, a bit more thought has gone into the roof's structure. So it seals properly this time, which means no worries that it'll blow off at high speeds, and a less draughty experience at lower speeds, too. Not quite the get-you-home effort of old then, but still a bit more fiddly than the press-button operation of the standard roof. It's a far simpler mechanism than the standard Boxster's, but its shape is more exciting, even if the Boxster Spyder looks at its best with the top down.

Gorgeous isn't it?

Hell yes, the Boxster Spyder's attractive enough to have us coupé fans reaching for the sun cream: the way the double-bumped rear bodywork follows the lines of the two roll hoops is a just beautiful. There's the deeper vented and larger intake front bumper of the GT4, plus 20-inch alloy wheels. There's also a weight reducing of in the region of 30kg in comparison to the Boxster GTS's 1,315kg kerb weight, as well as a drop in the centre of gravity, promising a drive to match the looks. Helping achieve that weight loss is the removal of niceties like audio equipment and air conditioning, the addition of lightweight bucket seats and the loss of 11kg thanks to the simpler roof mechanism.

Special yes, so costly?

It's not cheap at just over £60,000, which is about £7,000 more than the really rather brilliant Boxster GTS. This time round though the Spyder is less of a compromise, as the roof fits properly and all that weight-reducing equipment off-loading can be popped back on the specification easily enough. Porsche isn't limiting numbers for production, but with demand certain to outstrip supply it'll only be available from canny early buyers willing to let it go for a premium.

Kyle Fortune - 1 Apr 2015

2015 Porsche Boxster Spyder. Image by Porsche.2015 Porsche Boxster Spyder. Image by Porsche.2015 Porsche Boxster Spyder. Image by Porsche.2015 Porsche Boxster Spyder. Image by Porsche.2015 Porsche Boxster Spyder. Image by Porsche.

2015 Porsche Boxster Spyder. Image by Porsche.2015 Porsche Boxster Spyder. Image by Porsche.2015 Porsche Boxster Spyder. Image by Porsche.2015 Porsche Boxster Spyder. Image by Porsche.2015 Porsche Boxster Spyder. Image by Porsche.    - Porsche road tests
- Porsche news
- Boxster images

Porsche announces subtle new look for Turbo models. Image by Porsche.
Porsche reveals distinctive Turbo colour scheme
Every new car in the range will get styling highlights in a new Turbonite shade.
Details emerge on third-generation Porsche Panamera's interior. Image by Porsche.
Porsche Panamera G3 interior revealed
Screen-heavy layout and finless air vents from the Taycan inform look of next-gen Panamera’s cabin.
Porsche reveals Panamericana 718 Cayman GT4 RS specials. Image by Porsche.
Porsche reveals Panamericana 718 Cayman GT4 RS specials
Pair of cars from Porsche Exclusive celebrate the history of road race and TAG Heuer association.

 215 Racing
 A. Kahn Design
 AC Cars
 AC Schnitzer
 Alfa Romeo
 APS Sportec
 Aston Martin
 Auto Union
 Cooper Tires
 David Brown
 David Brown Automotive
 De Tomaso
 Detroit Electric
 Eagle E-type
 edo competition

 FAB Design
 Factory Five
 Faralli & Mazzanti
 General Motors
 Gordon Murray
 Gordon Murray Automotive
 Gordon Murray Design
 Gray Design
 Great Wall
 Heffner Performance
 Joss Developments
 Land Rover
 Loma Performance
 Monte Carlo
 Nichols Cars

 Project Runningblade
 Project Velocity
 Range Rover
 Red Bull
 Ronn Motor Company
 SDR Sportscars
 The Little Car Company
 Thunder Power
 Tommy Kaira
 Vanda Electrics
 VL Automotive


External links:   | Irish Car Market News |

Internal links:   | Home | Privacy | Contact us | Archives | Old motor show reports | Follow Car Enthusiast on Twitter | Copyright 1999-2023 ©