Porsche is getting better at keeping their new model a secret and surprising the fans with, well, a surprise debut. That was the case with the new Porsche Boxster Spyder at the New York Auto Show. The new hardened sports car is a Porsche purist’s wet dream.
As with the previous Porsche Boxster Spyder, the new 2016 model is a no-nonsense, no-compromise sports car. It comes only with a manual gearbox, the roof mechanism requires manual labor for operating, it has firm sport suspension with a 20-mm lower ride height, brakes from a 911 Carrera, sharpened steering system, and oh yes, a 375 horsepower 3.8 liter flat-six engine.
So in some ways Porsche Boxster Spyder is more of an open-top track car than a pure-blooded sports car. A sports car is supposed to fun, and comfortable and usable. The Spyder doesn’t give a damn about comfort. It offers a loud, hard, and nerve-raking ride, but one that is spine-tingling in terms of handling and driving sensation. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and can reach a top speed of 180 mph, which is great, but cornering is this car’s real forte.
Featuring bespoke Spyder front and rear apron and a semi-stripped-out interior, Porsche Boxster Spyder can also be recognized by the virtue of its tent-like roof, bespoke engine cover, an air outlet located in front of the forward luggage compartment, Sport Seats Plus, smaller steering wheel than normal models, and of course, no radio or air condition!
You can order those luxury amenities, plus Porsche Communication Management (PCM), to be fitted back. Just remember the base price for the Porsche Boxster Spyder is a whopping $82,100.