Porsche has taken wraps off the second-generation Porsche Boxster Spyder at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. The new-generation Spyder model retains its traditional character but adopts the latest design and styling cues from the third-generation Boxster range.
Under the hood, there’s a 375-hp 3.8-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine that delivers 375 hp and 310 lb.-ft. (420 Nm) of torque. The engine can be paired solely to a 6-speed manual transmission with dual-mass flywheel and self-adjusting clutch. The company has decided to offer only a manual transmission for weight savings and the suspension, which lowers the ride height by 20 mm and the brakes, is borrowed from the 911 Carrera S. The 2016 Boxster Spyder can do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.5 seconds and go further to hit a (track) top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).
The Spyder model’s interior is designed in such a way that the driver and passenger are seated to get triggered for pure driving pleasure. Sport Seats Plus are offered as standard and the diameter of the steering wheel has been reduced from 370 mm to 360 mm in the new-generation model, to offer a greater maneuverability. The soft top is partially manually operated. Going with the tradition, the company has chose not to offer radio or air conditioner as standard, as a weight reduction measure, however, both can be equipped optionally at no extra cost. Apparently, even an audio/infotainment system is also not available as standard. The company says that any of the entire range of Boxster audio systems can be chosen as an option, including the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with navigation.
The 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder is priced at US$82,100 (ex-destination charge – US$995) and now available to order in the U.S. The all-new mid-engined convertible sports car will be launched in October 2015 in the U.S.