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Porsche Boxster Spyder revealed at New York show

Porsche has shown off the most powerful version of the Boxster, which goes on sale in July

Words By Mark Tisshaw

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The Porsche Boxster Spyder has been revealed at the New York motor show, and it is the lightest and most powerful version of the car yet created. It is due to go on sale in the UK in June.

What is it?
The Porsche Boxster Spyder joins the range above the GTS. Its most notable feature is its new lightweight fabric roof, which is opened and closed by hand as on the previous generation of Boxster Spyder.

It is, however, released electrically (as is the rear deck) to make the process more user-friendly than before.

The front and rear-end designs of the car are borrowed from the Cayman GT4 while the styling pays homage to the 718 Spyder from the 1960s.

What engine does it come with?
The new Spyder gets a 370bhp 3.8-litre engine that is otherwise seen in the larger 911, which is a significant upgrade on the 325bhp 3.4-litre from the current range-topping Boxster GTS.

The powerful engine, in combination with a weight saving of 105kg over the 1420kg Boxster GTS, allows the Spyder to sprint from 0-62mph in 4.5sec and reach a top speed of 180mph. In comparison, the Boxster GTS has a 0-62mph time of 5.0sec and a top speed of 175mph.

The Spyder's 3.8-litre engine is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox.

How much equipment does it come with?
Unlike its recently launched Cayman GT4 stablemate, the Boxster Spyder has not been created by the GT road car division of Porsche’s Motorsport arm and uses no motorsport parts. However, the model has been created in full consultation with the GT division and does feature a host of significant mechanical upgrades over the Boxster GTS on which it is based.

It gets upgraded brakes that have been sourced from the 911 Carrera and a firm-riding sports suspension system with a ride height that has been lowered by 20mm.

The standard equipment list does without items such as sat-nav and air-con to further reduce weight. However, these are available as no-cost options and a full range of infotainment options are still offered.

Inside, new lightweight sports seats are fitted with large side bolsters. There is also a new steering wheel.

How much does it cost?
It is priced from Β£60,459, is available to order now and will reach UK showrooms in July.

Can I get a discount?
Target Price discounts are non-existent on the standard Porsche Boxster range, so the chances of getting a dealer to knock a few quid off the Spyder are pretty much zilch.