The Porsche Boxster Spyder is a lighter, sparer version of the company’s midengine roadster, fitted with an old-school, six-speed manual transmission and a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter flat six (375 hp), the same equestrian heart that powers the 911 Carrera S and GT4.
It follows a minimalistic philosophy by omitting air conditioning and audio systems from its standard equipment list to save weight—yielding, in return, greater speed. Additional mass is trimmed through further equipment removal, including the jettisoning of the Boxster’s hydraulic top mechanism (saving 24 pounds) and numerous incremental deletions, such as the top liner and inside door handles, which are swapped with nylon straps to save an additional pound. The aggressive diet brings the Spyder’s curb weight down to a mere 2,899 pounds.
The Boxster Spyder utilizes the 911 Carrera S’s 3.8-liter flat 6-cylinder power plant, coaxing 375 hp in this application—10 hp less than the more track-oriented Cayman GT4 model, but 45 hp more than the next most powerful Boxster. The engine enables a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph. The brakes are also borrowed from the 911, while the suspension is similar to that of the lowered and stiffened Boxster GTS model.