What Is It?
2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder is the new top-of-the-range model in Porsche's small convertible lineup despite the fact that it doesn't have a power top or an automatic transmission. Instead, it has a weight-saving manual soft top and a 3.8-liter, 375-horsepower six-cylinder that makes the Boxster Spyder the fastest Boxster ever.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Porsche announced that the Boxster Spyder will go on sale in the U.S. in October. Orders begin now.
How Much Does It Cost?
Before any additional options, the Boxster Spyder starts at $83,095. Air-conditioning and a stereo are no-cost options, while things like carbon-ceramic brakes ($7,400) and carbon-fiber seats ($4,730) remind you that even a lightweight, stripped-down Porsche knows how to pack on the options.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder is available only as a two-door, two-seat convertible with rear-wheel drive, a manual transmission and a manually operated roof.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 3.8-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder: 375 horsepower
- Six-speed manual transmission
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
With the top down, it could be easy to confuse the Boxster Spyder with the normal Boxster. Keen eyes will notice the "Spyder" emblems on the special sills on the rear deck lid and keener eyes will notice the extra contours that piece of metal has trailing off from the headrests. The last Boxster Spyder had a similar look, but lurking under the trunk lid was a multi-piece bikini top that was incredibly difficult to assemble in good weather, and maddening if it was wet. It also never sealed particularly well. This new Boxster Spyder has a one-piece unit that still needs to be latched down from outside the car, but is significantly easier to operate.
But largely, the new Boxster Spyder is unique by virtue of what it doesn't have. Instead of traditional door handles, there are fabric pulls. The steering wheel is smaller. There's no automatic transmission. The Boxster Spyder is a convertible for driving purists who want the thrill of the open road.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Chevrolet Corvette Z06: OK, OK, this one's a stretch. But for a very similar price, you can hop into a Corvette Z06 with either a convertible or a targa top that has 275 more horses. That's gotta count for something.
Jaguar F-Type Convertible: The Boxster Spyder is all precision and perfection, and the Jag is all brute force and silliness. The Jaguar doesn't approach driving the same way that the Boxster Spyder does, but it's a heckuva lot of fun to drive and makes absolutely terrific noises.
Porsche Cayman GT4: If potential Boxster Spyder buyers have to make a choice between the Spyder and something else, the Cayman GT4 is likely that other car. Effectively a racier, fixed-roof version of the Boxster Spyder, the GT4 is the racer's choice.
Should You Wait for It?
Porsche is taking orders now. If you're even remotely interested in this one, contact your local dealer ASAP.