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Porsche Boxster Spyder

Driving the new Porsche Boxster Spyder is close to low level flying.

As soon as you set your eyes on the beautiful Porsche Boxster Spyder, let alone taking it for a test drive, you see in the cars make-up a superbly styled racer that has all the traits of a great sports car. Being the latest in a line of Spyders, the new Porsche Boxster Spyder is rated by many as the world’s truest open-top roadster.

Take, first of all, Porsche’s mid-engine arrangement; the balanced level handling that this mid-engine roadster offers is so fluent, so controlled and so aggressive. A newly designed body envelops the engine and is of a rigid, lightweight construction that positively adds to the car’s agility, precise handling and superior driving experience. A pure driver’s car, the sound of the Porsche Boxster’s 235 kW engine is almost as enjoyable as the way the RWD car hangs on in the corners. Matched with 370 Nm of torque, in what equates to a phenomenal amount of torque throughout the mid-to-high engine revs, this Porsche Boxster Spyder is a flyer.

Top down fun doesn’t come more rewarding on four wheels. If you take a closer look at the Spyder’s exterior design, you notice that at the rear of this model it is more musclier and racier looking than with the other Boxster variants. The extremely sporty rear-end is characterised by two muscular haunches and this is due to the Porsche Boxster Spyder having a manual canvas roof that takes up less space – allowing the designers to have a freer hand with the pencil on the paper – as it were. With the hood open, these twin bulges create a smooth visual continuation of the roll-over bars. Now they also have a more serious purpose. They do improve the car’s performance and high speed aerodynamics.

The Spyder is the quickest of the Porsche Boxster models. Why? It’s all in the way the car has been designed. Yes… it has the most powerful engine. Yes… it has the lightest chassis and body weight. And as the name “Spyder” suggests, this is a soft top version. So this purity in Roadster design favours performance and ensures that the car is as quick as it can be. “How quick?” I hear you ask. The Porsche Boxster Spyder can top 267 km/h and wipe the floor with a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.1 seconds (4.8 seconds for the Sport model).

As standard, the Porsche Boxster Spyder is equipped with a very sporty suspension design. Stiff, short springs, large lateral stabilisers on the front and rear axle, and four shock absorbers tuned for hard compression and rebound combine with the body being 20 mm lower at the front and rear axle than that of the Boxster S. A limited-slip differential, 19-inch alloys and a PSM dynamic control system are standard performance items.

The Porsche Boxster Spyder’s gorgeous lines are accentuated with some exquisite colours: Carrara White, Guards Red, Aqua Blue, Platinum Silver, Basalt Black, Cream White and Black. You’ll note that the 1960’s Porsche logo is placed on the side of the car, while the motorsport design of the side air intakes is looking very hot, indeed. From the very low-profile front end, to the fixed spoiler and set of twin tailpipes at the back there is loads of aggression and purpose to the Spyder’s looks and on-road dynamics. This Porsche Boxster Spyder is ready for the road and race track.

Two choices in gearbox mechanics are available. The six-speed manual comes as standard or you can go for the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox, with both manual gearshift and an automatic mode. Nothing but a smooth gear change with no interruption in the flow of power comes from the PDK unit. Select the PDK gearbox and there is a 0.2 second advantage in acceleration times for the 0-100 km/h sprint time. Faster acceleration and lower fuel consumption come with the ease of automatic transmission in PDK form. The PDK is essentially two half gearboxes in one and thus requires two clutches – designed as a double wet clutch transmission.

Inside the interior, the bucket racing seats are finished in natural leather. You’ll note the centre console and the dashboard trim are finished in the car’s exterior colour. It feels like a racing machine because the essential racing items are their minus all the trivial stuff. Make no mistakes, the Porsche Boxster Spyder is made for speed and nothing out of place is around to distract the driver from what really matters: driving pleasure and superior performance.

Run out on the road with one of these and what you’ll see of most car’s will be a faint glimpse of their rear-end before you’ll see its front disappearing rapidly in your rear vision mirror. To give you an idea of how well the car accelerates in the “real world”: through the gears acceleration between 80 – 120 km/h is a miniscule 3.0 seconds!

Porsche Boxster Spyder: it’s all about enjoyment and performance.

The current model series includes the:

  • Porsche Boxster Spyder
  • Porsche Boxster Spyder Sport

For any more information on the Porsche Boxster Spyder, or for that matter any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181. If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quotes requests out to our national network of Porsche dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours. Private Fleet – car buying made easy!

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