320 hp @ 7,200 rpm
0-60 mph: 4.9 s
Top Track Speed: 166 mph
The purposeful mid-engine arrangement, the distinctive lightweight construction, the extraordinary agility, the precise handling, the uncompromising driving experience. Of course none of this is new for Porsche.
Even in the early 1960s, with the 718 RS 60 Spyder, the successor to the legendary 550 Spyder, Porsche developed a roadster that possessed these very traits and would go on to write its own chapter in sports car history, for feats in hill-climbing as well as on the road. It is only logical that the name Spyder should continue to be synonymous with a roadster in its purest form, and that it should pay tribute to traditional values. Purity of design, for example, and forsaking modern comfort in favor of performance.
Something else on which we were decided was an open vehicle concept, which – as the name suggests – needs no roof. Certainly not an electric one. If there had to be any top at all, it should be a manual one: made from canvas. This radical measure gave our designers free rein to change the car’s overall appearance. One of the most striking results is the extremely sporty rear end, characterized by two muscular haunches.
Unmistakable references to Porsche history are also inherent in the range of standard exterior paint finishes (Carrara White, Guards Red and Black), the 1960’s Porsche logo on the side of the car, the motorsport design of the side air intakes and the deliberately minimalist interior.
In summary, the Boxster Spyder is a sports car that evokes strong emotions. It captures the essence of sports car history. It was built by people who were themselves a part of this history and for people who now find themselves transported back there.
As far as Porsche is concerned, exploring different directions in design also means looking back. Looking back at a time when driving roadsters was still thought of as a challenge, and one that would always be relished most in a Porsche.
The exterior finish of the Boxster Spyder upholds a long tradition. The purity of Carrara White evokes the motorsport of yesteryear, which is inextricably linked with the Porsche name. The optional Platinum Silver Metallic is reminiscent of an illustrious sports car history, as is the Porsche logo on the side of the car – an explicit reference to the 1960s.
The fixed spoiler draws a dynamic line along the muscular rear. An aesthetic detail for a tangible effect: to reduce lift and provide a closer connection with the road, making your driving experience even more intensive. The dual-tube twin tailpipe in black has the last sporty word.
The front air intakes, which are emphasized by titanium-colored surrounds, contain minimalistic LED position lights.
Another minimalist feature is the absence of slats on the rear side air intake grilles.
The decision to fit aluminum doors achieves a weight reduction of approximately 33 lbs. The design of the side windows accentuates the side contour of the Spyder.
But the principle of passive safety remains. Among other components, the side impact protection elements in the doors, the rollover bars and a comprehensive airbag system are safety features which even a minimalist vehicle concept can offer.