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March 25, 2010

UK: Porsche introduces lightweight Boxster Spyder

A lightweight version of the mid-engined Porsche Boxster roadster, the Spyder, is being launched in the UK following rollout to other markets in February.

A lightweight version of the mid-engined Porsche Boxster roadster, the Spyder, is being launched in the UK following rollout to other markets in February.

Weighing 1,275 kg, the Boxster Spyder is the lightest model in the Porsche line-up and the new model becomes the third version in the Boxster range, joining the Boxster and Boxster S.

Porsche says that the main objective of the Porsche Design Studio in creating the Boxster Spyder was to make the classic design of the current Boxster S even purer and to make clear reference to classic Porsche racing cars.

The Spyder weighs 80kg less than the Boxster S.

The obvious point of difference between the Boxster Spyder and its siblings is its manual roof instead of an electric folding one, and the use of a large aluminium rear lid, designed to create a ‘speedster’ look as well as contributing to the car’s lightweight character.

Porsche said that the a comprehensive programme of lightweight features for the car includes:

  • manual fabric roof with carbon fibre front frame reduces the Spyder’s weight by 21 kg
  • aluminium doors similar to those on the 911 Turbo and GT3 saves 15 kg
  • the use of an aluminium rear engine cover saves 3 kg
  • since the Spyder was designed for sporty open-top driving, the air conditioning has been removed and saves 12 kg
  • using lightweight carbon fibre sports bucket seats saves 12 kg
  • the fuel tank has a capacity of 54 litres, 10 litres fewer than standard Boxster, saving 7 kg
  • the lightweight design of the 19” Spyder alloy wheels saves 5 kg
  • there is no radio and a smaller battery, saving approximately 3 kg
  • dispensing with cup holders and using lightweight interior door trims with door opening loops saves 2 kg

Market introduction of the new Porsche Boxster Spyder started worldwide in February 2010, and the car is priced from GBP46,387 in the UK. Standard specification on every Spyder includes 6-speed manual transmission, 19” Boxster Spyder alloy wheels, manual two-piece hood comprising sunshield and weather protector, wind deflector, sports chassis lowered by 20 mm, lightweight carbon fibre sports bucket seats trimmed in Alcantara/leather, Porsche Stability Management (PSM), 3-spoke sports steering wheel, fixed rear spoiler, and heat insulating glass.

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