Porsche introduces a new, range-topping model in the Boxster series — the 2011 Boxster Spyder.
This new member of the Boxster family stands out clearly at first sight from the other versions of Porsche’s mid-engined roadster simply because the 2011 Boxster Spyder has been developed, first and foremost, for driving in the open air. The low-slung and light soft top extending far to the back serving merely to protect the driver and passenger from the glaring sun and bad weather and is held in position on a carbon frame, fitting easily and conveniently within a matter of seconds on the roof frame.
Along with the shorter side windows and the two striking domes on the rear lid that stretch all the way to the passenger compartment, the roof, when closed, gives the Boxster Spyder a sleek and stretched silhouette reminiscent of the Carrera GT.
Lightweight engineering plays a significant role on the new model. The lower center of gravity — the brand-new sports suspension lowers the entire body by almost 0.8 inch — and the standard limited slip differential combine to make the Boxster Spyder just as dynamic to drive as it is to behold.
The 2011 Boxster Spyder is powered by a 3.4-Liter six-cylinder with Direct Fuel Injection fitted in front of the rear axle. Maximum output is 320 horsepower.
Featuring the PDK Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (Double Clutch Gearbox) and the Sport Chrono Package, the new Spyder, benefiting from Launch Control, accelerates to 60 mph in a mere 4.6 seconds. Top track speed is 166 mph.
Base model estimated mpg: 20/29
Estimated starting price: $61,200
Compiled by Motor Matters

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