The iteration ‘Spyder’ has graced some of the most iconic Porsche models over the years, with the 550 Spyder of the 1950’s the most legendary of them all. The 987 Boxster Spyder was said to be a successor to that very car. Lighter, more powerful and designed to be driven for the majority of the time without the lightweight manual roof up, the car was the lightest in Porsche’s line up at the time, 80kg lighter than the standard Boxster.
The focus on weight saving and a car that as Porsche say ‘developed first and foremost for driving in the open air’ means that as standard the Spyder comes with many weight saving parts as standard. Aluminium doors to save 15kg, one-piece aluminium rear deck to save a further 3kg, carbon backed bucket seats to save 12kg, the lightest wheels Porsche manufacturer at just 10kg each and the lowered roofline meaning less glass all round to save even more weight. The car without any options also does without air conditioning, a radio, cup holders, door pockets, or even proper door handles, though for no cost you can have the sound system and somewhere to put your drinks put back in.
The replacement of the automatic folding roof for a manual roof or ‘cap’ (as Porsche call it) that weighs just 11kg including the supporting frame removes further weight. The open-air driving intention of the Spyder further iterated by the fact the roof cannot be used in a car wash and the top speed is now limited to 124mph with the roof on, yet raised to 166mph without it. Porsche have gone to great lengths to remove a significant amount of weight from a car that wasn’t exactly heavy in the first place.
The 3.4 litre flat-six engine is taken from the Boxster S yet tweaked slightly so that it now produces the same performance as the hotter Cayman S, with peak power also produced at higher revs. It even sounds better thanks to the switchable sports exhaust system. New sports suspension, firmer dampers and anti-rollbars, as well as a 20mm lower ride height together with the less weight being carried mean that the Boxster Spyder is noticeably more impressive through the corners. Spirited driving all the while being kept in check by the proper mechanical differential that also comes as standard.
Porsche may have removed a lot of things to reduce the weight and improve the driving experience, but they have also added a lot to make sure the Spyder also looks more special and stands out amongst the other models in the range. Featuring styling cues taken from the Carrera GT like the double bubble aerodynamic fairings on that new engine cover and retro door graphics from their illustrious motorsport heritage, the Spyder certainly looks the part. Inside, the central tunnel (standard), seat backs and rollover hoops (Porsche Exclusive options) painted in the exterior colour certainly reminds you that you are sat in something special and adds to the stripped out feel.
The Boxster Spyder may not have the racing pedigree that other Porsche ‘Spyder’ models have come with in the past, but it makes up for that fact by taking the traditional roadster sports car back to its roots. Porsche have ensured the Spyder is the choice for purists, people who want to focus on the thrill of driving and the feel of a good chassis set up rather than an excess of power and electronics to dampen the experience. Also those who don’t mind getting a bit wet if trying to enjoy the British summer weather and passing shower means you have to spend a good few minutes trying to erect that manual roof.
Our 2011 Boxster Spyder 987 Gen II PDK is an exceptional example that has been dry stored as part of a private collection and has being covered by Porsche warranty throughout its lifetime. The car comes with an extensive history file, including the original purchase receipt, and a full Porsche main dealer service history. This stunning car comes with optional features to include PDK transmission; with Sport Plus button to speed up gearshifts and includes a launch control system, Heated Sports Seats in Black leather, Sport Chrono package plus; with dash mounted stopwatch and a button to sharpen up throttle response even further, Switchable Sports exhaust system, PCM including navigation module, ParkAssist to the rear of the car, Dials in Carrara White, Porsche exclusive Aluminium II handbrake lever, painted seat backs and rollover hoops. The car has covered just 15,450 miles and also comes with a collection of concours trophies showcasing the exceptional condition of the car.
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