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by George Skentzos

Porsche has released the latest version of its definitive roadster, the lightweight Porsche Boxster Spyder.

The Porsche Boxster Spyder becomes the third version in the Boxster range, joining the Boxster and Boxster S.

The new version is a full 80kg lighter than the equivalent Boxster S model, earning it the honour of being the lightest model in the entire Porsche line-up – weighing in at just 1275kg.

Rather than chasing kilowatts, Porsche has pursued kilograms to improve the performance and efficiency of the Porsche Boxster Spyder.

Lightweight features such as a manual fabric roof with carbon fibre front frame sheds 21kg, aluminium doors similar to those on the 911 Turbo and GT3 save 15 kg and Porsche has even dispensed with cup holders and interior door handles to save 2kg.

The Spyder delivers an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 4kg/hp – 9 per cent better than a Boxster S – powered by a tuned version of the proven 3.4-litre flat six ‘boxer’ engine with Direct Fuel Injection.

Maximum power is up around 7kW over the Boxster S to 239kW, with power channelled through a standard six-speed manual gearbox or optional PDK double-clutch transmission.

When equipped with the PDK and using Launch Control, the Porsche Boxster Spyder can accelerate from a standstill to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 267km/h while still using a mere 9.3-litres per 100km of fuel.

Australian pricing and specifications will be confirmed closer to the launch date.




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