Porsche has announced the 2015 Boxster Spyder, a version of the German convertible that combines mind-blowing performance with traditional sports car motoring.
The new Porsche Boxster Spyder is designed to offer a pure driving experience, which is why the fabric roof has to be opened and closed by hand. You can also only have a six-speed manual gearbox because changing gear is more involving than letting an automatic do all the legwork.
There are a few additions that give this particular Boxster a contemporary edge. The brakes, for instance, are borrowed from the 911 Carrera, while the clever sports suspension sees the car sit 20mm lower than usual.
Porsche has given the Boxster Spyder a 3.8-litre flat six-cylinder engine with a sizable 370bhp, resulting in a 0 to 62mph time of 4.5 seconds. That’s seriously fast, as is the 180mph top speed. Fuel bills should be manageable, too, with a claimed figure of 28.5mpg.
Two ‘streamlined’ bulges inspired by the 718 Spyder give the Boxster Spyder a unique look, while the front and rear bumpers of the car are borrowed from the Cayman GT4, in case they looked familiar.
Inside is a new 360mm steering wheel for improved agility and driving precision and carbon fibre bucket seats that have no backrest adjustment. No pain, no gain.
To help keep the weight down and emphasise the focus on driving purity, Porsche has removed the radio and air-conditioning, but you can have it put back in at no extra cost if you want a modicum of comfort.
You can order a Porsche Boxster Spyder right now before it launches in July 2015. Price start from £60,459, making it nearly £7,000 more than the Boxster GTS.
We suggest you strike quickly as this is likely to be a popular addition, especially knowing the standard Boxster is a car that makes you feel like a champion ─ even if you’re actually bit feeble at driving.