Boxster Spyder (987)


Taking its cues from the classic 550 Spyder of 1953, the Boxster Spyder was based on the standard Boxster, but was lighter and more powerful, to give a purer driving experience.

Weight was cut to just 1275kg by using aluminium doors, lightweight wheels, Sport seats and simplified interior trim, removing the air conditioning and radio and, most noticeably, by fitting a simple, manually operated soft-top, in place of the standard lined and electric item.

The Spyder was also distinguished by its twin humps on the rear lid plus lower side windows.

Power-wise, the car used the standard 3.4-litre DFI flat-six from the Boxster S, albeit tweaked to produce 320bhp – a 10bhp improvement.

The extra power and light weight meant that performance was lively. Using PDK and Launch Control, 0-62mph took just 4.8 seconds, while the top speed was 166mph – with the roof open.

Unlike the previous Boxster Spyder RS60 of 2008, this car was a standard production model.

Capacity: 3436cc
Compression ratio: 12.5:1
Maximum power: 320bhp
Maximum torque: 370Nm
Brakes: Front: xxxmm discs; rear: xxxmm discs. Servo assisted with ABS
Suspension: Front: McPherson struts with coil springs and antiroll bar. Rear: McPherson struts with coil springs and antiroll bar
Transmission: Six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK driving the rear wheels
Wheels & tyres: Front: 19×8.5J with 235/35ZR19 tyres. Rear: 19×10.0J with 265/35ZR19 tyres
Length: 4329mm
Width 1801mm
Weight: 1275kg
0-62mph: 5.1 seconds (manual), 5.0 seconds (PDK) 4.7 seconds (PDK and Launch Control)
Top speed: 166mph