By on March 31, 2015


Looking for something to drive during those hot Miami nights? The 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder just might be what you need.

Revealed ahead of the first press day of the 2015 New York Auto Show, the new Spyder gets its power from a 3.8-liter flat-six pushing 375 horses to the back through a manual transmission. The engine helps the roadster head down the highway from zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds, topping out at 180 mph. Stopping is handled by brakes pulled from the 911 Carrera S parts bin, while suspension is firm with a 20mm ride height.

Other features — or lack thereof — include a manually operated top with electric clasp; a smaller steering wheel; standard radio- and AC-delete with no-cost optional audio and AC; sports seats; and optional connected-vehicle technology in the form of the automaker’s Porsche Communication Management system.

Price of admission begins at $82,100, with dealers taking orders now for delivery in October, when the first Boxster Spyders arrive in the United States from Germany.

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9 Comments on “New York 2015: 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder Debuts...”

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    I guess Porsche no longer fears that a more powerful Boxster will cannibalize 911 sales.

    Glad to see that Porsche is willing to put their go fast goodies on their mid engined cars. Not that I’m in the market for such a car, but if I were, i don’t think I could buy a rear engined car at this point in automotive technology.

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      I’m wondering if Porsche is trying to move people towards the mid-engined cars since they are more “exotic” than the 911. The Cayman GT4 looks like an alternative to the previous generation 911 GT3 if you want a stick-shift racetrack car. (And one that is probably a bit more livable driving to/from the tack.)

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      I read about a year ago that they did a big customer base study and realized that Carrera and Boxster/Cayman buys are two different groups. Although there is a small overlap, they realized they could do more with the Cayman/Boxster and not have it interfere with the 911. Hence the GTS models, GT4, and now the Spyder.

      Don’t rule out the 911 and the rear engine of course. Trust me, it really is a different (and very satisfying) experience to have all that weight on the rear axle. However with the growth in size of the 991, the Carrera is approaching GT size, so those Cayman/Boxster models are fitting nicely in the lineup.

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      Have you driven a modern rear engine porsche? I have a boxster and I hands down prefer the 911 in the handling department, especially on the street.
      Snap oversteer is no longer an issue and if it becomes one, your going to experiencing something equally puckering in the boxster or cayman (both of which are pretty twitchy)
      The rear engine provides incredible grip, good braking and the higher moment of inertia combined with the rear weight bias allow for easy line corrections via throttle. The same can be done with the boxster or cayman, but they like to spin like tops. Mid engined cars can be wonderful but at the limit I am not sure I’m quick enough to catch it all the time.

      The 911 gets bad press mainly due to its history and rudimentary rear suspension up until 1990. Lateral load caused toe to go out, increasing oversteer tendency. Tires, suspension and stability controls all have overcome this. Plus the new 911 can basically be called a rearward mid engine car. All engine placements have positive and negatives and all require engineering solutions. Mid engine may be ideal for elite level road racing, but these are street cars

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    Waterproof? The previous Boxster spyder wasn’t. That hood was just meant to be erected so you can leave it outside parked in the rain.

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    Very cool. The previous version Boxster Spyder always had glowing reviews and has held it’s value very well.

    I’m most surprised by the fact that the Spyder has higher output than the Boxster GTS. Porsche always under reports 0-60 times, so I’m guessing this is likely closer to a 4 second car.

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    A 20mm ride height is not correct. I don’t know whether you mean 20mm of travel, which also doesn’t sound right, or that it’s been lowered by 20mm relative to the standard Boxster, but that detail should be checked.

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    Former Cayman owner here. When I go back to Porsche, I’m quite certain it will be a Boxster Spyder of some sort.

    In my eye it’s Porsche’s most perfectly beautiful modern car and produces one of the most unique powertrain/exhaust sounds in the world.

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