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2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder: The lightest, fastest Boxster of them all


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Unique front and rear fascia, the streamlined tonneau cover and the minimalist bikini top should be your first hint that the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder is something special. The strongest and fastest Boxster of this generation, the new range-topping Spyder is also the lightest thanks to its "less is more" approach to tech and amenities.

 

The Spyder jettisons the standard Boxster's power fold motors for the soft top. The new lightweight manual fabric roof is opened and closed by hand and features two fins that stretch back, snapping into the roadster's tonneau and completing the silhouette.

The Spyder is only available with Porsche's six-speed manual transmission; there is no automatic option, which saves weight and should appease purists. To those same ends, the Boxster Spyder also has no navigation, no radio, no speakers and no air conditioner in its stock form. Though Porsche is quick to point out that all of these bits can be added back in at no cost to the buyer and the entire range of Boxster audio upgrades and Porsche infotainment with navigation are also available as paid options.

Less weight plus more power is a formula that equals the fastest Boxster yet. The Spyder takes just 4.3 seconds to hit 60 mph from a stop and goes on to a top track speed of 180 mph. With brakes taken from a 911 Carrera S, the lighter Boxster should also shave off that speed with better efficiency.

The new 2016 Boxster Spyder will blast into the US market in October, but preorders are happening now at Porsche dealerships for the $82,100 range-topping Porsche roadster.
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Ehhh, no big deal. They are following the rest of the lemmings with 3 big mouth bass openings but over all the same ol 30+ year old design that has not changed. Some interesting tech but over all nothing exciting to me.

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