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Porsche Unveils 2016 Boxster Spyder

377057661 1427913075653 jpg 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder; | Manufacturer image

Porsche has taken the wraps off of its latest two-seat model, bringing back a popular style to its Boxster convertible range. The new 2016 Boxster Spyder is the brand’s range-topping model, featuring revised styling, a unique convertible top and the iconic name that has made previous versions collectible classics.

It starts with the roof, which is now manually operated but electrically latching, to save weight. Styling has been revised as well, with twin “streamliners” now extending from the passenger head restraints back over the tonneau cover. New front and rear bumpers adorn the Spyder, and the top is unique as well, with twin fabric fins that attach in way that is sure to cause crazy wind noise, but it creates a distinctive look.

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Under the hood is a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine making 375 horsepower, while modifications to the chassis include a 20-millimeter lower ride height, brakes from the 911 Carrera S, a different steering ratio and a firmer sport suspension. The Boxster Spyder should shoot from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, with a top track speed of 180 mph, according to Porsche.

Inside, it’s standard Boxster fare, but the range-topping Spyder will include standard Sport Seats Plus, a smaller diameter steering wheel and no radio or air conditioning. Both of those can be specified at no cost, or a buyer can option up the audio system to any Porsche offers for the regular Boxster.

The new Boxster Spyder is available for ordering at dealers now, but deliveries aren’t slated to begin until October 2015. It will start at $83,095 including a destination fee.

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