Porsche has released new pictures of its faster, lighter and more hardcore version of the Boxster, the Spyder.
The Boxster Spyder will make its motor show debut at next month’s Los Angeles Auto Show, before going on sale in the UK in February 2010. The location of its unveiling is a clever one; stripped-out ‘Speedster’ versions of the Porsche 356, and of various 911s, have found an eager following on the west coast of America over the years.
Based on the current Boxster S, the Spyder will become the third and ultimate version of the car; it’s no limited-run special edition. It gets modest power and torque hikes over the Boxster S, running instead the same 3.4-litre engine and tune as the current Cayman S, which develops 315bhp at 7200rpm and 273lb ft at 4750rpm.
Contributing just as greatly to this car’s improved performance will be the weight-saving regime Porsche has put it though. The Spyder is 80kg lighter than a regular Boxster S, and its 247bhp-per-tonne power-to-weight ratio compares impressively to that of a regular Boxster S (227bhp-per-tonne), a Cayman S (233bhp per tonne) - even an entry-level 911 Carrera (241bhp-per-tonne).