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Mike Stevens | Mar 25, 2010

WITH THE LAUNCH this month of the 2010 Boxster Spyder in the European market, Porsche has released a set of new photos and a few more details on its lightweight warrior.

Porsche has shaved 80kg from the Boxster's weight, but before it comes to Australia next year, it'll gain another 15kg in air-conditioning and entertainment systems.

According to Porsche Australia, the supercar company's local customers expect a higher grade of comfort and features, regardless of the car's intent.

What effect that 15kg will have, if any, on the Australian delivered Spyder's performance is unknown.

In its international specification, the Spyder will reach 100km/h in 4.8 seconds, power sent to the wheels via Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual clutch transmission.

Porsche has increased the 3.4 litre boxer six's output by about 8kW, making for a 1275kg, 240kW weapon. The Boxster Spyder delivers a power-to-weight ratio of 4kg/hp - 9 percent better than the Boxster S.

Inspired by the 550 Spyder and 356 Speedster, the new Boxster Spyder has been designed specifically for open-air driving. The suspension is also 20mm lower than the regular Boxster, creating a lower centre of gravity and using even stiffer spring/damper units. The front track is wider by 4mm, and the rear by 8mm.

Inside, the Boxster Spyder features a version of the Boxster S interior, re-worked with an emphasis on purism and ergonomics. In fact, Porsche is so serious about its weight-loss programme that even the instrument cowl above the dials has been removed.

However, the Spyder does have a soft-top roof for wet weather, designed to deliver a sleek, low-slung look which Porsche says is reminiscent of the Carrera GT.

The unveiling of the Boxster Spyder follows spy photos obtained in September of a test car wearing the standard Boxster bumpers and a camouflaged cowl behind the seats.

The Boxster Spyder is now available in the UK, starting at £46,387 (AU$75,950). Porsche Australia has yet to determine local pricing or launch dates.

 

Weight-Saving features of the Boxster Spyder

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

Technical Differences Between The Boxster Spyder And Boxster S

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