Porsche Boxster Spyder Announced

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I woke up this morning to a teaser comment from John over at PorschePurist.com. It was a short comment that said: “Ryan, You’ll want to check out my site in about 30 minutes… :-).” Wow! He wasn’t kidding! I jumped over to the Porsche Press site and found some gorgeous pictures and a full press release giving some juicy details on the new PORSCHE BOXSTER SPYDER!!!

John made a couple of interesting comments that you’ll want to read on his blog and he has more pictures up on his site. He alerted me to the news, so I want share some love and leave a few things for you to discover on his site. While you’re there, sign up for his site updates. He has great info and some very interesting posts. The Boxster Spyder post is here: 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder.

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Here is the press release in full:

ATLANTA – November 5, 2009 – Weighing in at just 2,811 lbs., the new 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder will be the lightest Porsche available – from a company known for lightweight, proficient sports cars. This new mid-engined roadster represents the true, purist form of the sports car – agile, powerful, open and efficient. This third Boxster model will join the Boxster and Boxster S and will make its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, December 2, 2009.

The newest member of the Boxster family stands out from the other versions of Porsche’s mid-engined roadster. Its low-slung, lightweight soft top – when closed – extends far to the rear to protect the driver and passenger from bright sunshine, wind and weather. This top, when combined with extra-low side windows and two striking bulges on the single-piece rear lid, provides the Boxster Spyder with a sleek silhouette reminiscent of the Carrera GT.

2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder: Light, Powerful, Purist Roadster to be Introduced at Los Angeles Auto Show

The Boxster Spyder features a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine with Direct Fuel Injection upfront of the rear axle. Maximum output is 320 horsepower (hp), 10 hp more than the Boxster S. The combination of 10 more hp and 176 pounds less weight than the award-winning Boxster S, plus an all-new sport suspension that lowers the Boxster Spyder 20 mm, a lower center of gravity, a standard limited slip differential, and exclusive wheels provides the kind of driving dynamics that back up the unique look. Aluminum door skins and lightweight interior door panels from the 911 GT3 RS contribute to the weight reduction.

When equipped with Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission and the Sports Chrono Package, the new Spyder, using Launch Control, accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Top track speed is 166 mph – with the roof open.

Fundamentally, the entire Boxster family is the successor to the legendary 550 Spyder and RS 60 of the Fifties and Sixties, all sharing the same mid-engine roadster concept. Low weight and supreme agility combine to provide outstanding driving pleasure.

In 2004 and 2008 Porsche produced limited editions of the Boxster bearing the additional name Spyder, honoring the 550 and RS 60. In contrast, the new Boxster Spyder is a regular, but specially developed and upgraded production model as compared with the Boxster and Boxster S.

2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder: Light, Powerful, Purist Roadster to be Introduced at Los Angeles Auto Show

The 2011 Boxster Spyder goes on sale February 2010. U.S. pricing is $61,200.

[Source: Porsche Cars North America]

Comments

  1. That is a cool looking Spyder. I love the design and graphics, and it a nice surprise that we get to see it in one month at the LA car show. Porsche did a good job on this one and I think they will sell out.

  2. AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I got too much to say on this i cant even speak!!! 🙂

  3. Brad is busy putting everything he owns on ebay. looks like a great car Ive never really liked the boxster but this one looks awesome.

  4. @Ryan, Yeah, Actually i could have wrote a 19 page essay on how i love this Boxster Spyder!!!…But as James O said…….I had to go get busy planning a Major league yard sale on ebay!!!! ..I mean like i am really thinking that too! 🙂

  5. Are those red pulls on the doors in lieu of door handles?

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