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Porsche Boxster Spyder : l’essai sensation de la génération flat-6 !

Comme nous l’avons mentionné dans l’article concernant le 718 Boxster (à lire ici), le nouveau roadster Porsche profitera du salon de Genève pour se présenter sous une dénomination revue et avec un nouveau moteur, passant du 6-cylindres à plat atmosphérique à un 4-cylindres suralimenté. Cela nous laisse juste le temps, tel un baroud d’honneur, d’essayer le Boxster Spyder… En configuration Spyder, le Boxster avait gagné en arrogance, une philosophie dans laquelle la firme allemande s’était engagée pour une orientation définitivement sportive et radicale. Voyons plus en détail l’aboutissement d’un travail qui ne se limita pas à un effet de style. […]

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2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder Second Drive Review

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Another month, another parts-bins special from Porsche, this time the Boxster Spyder. But when you have a parts bin like Porsche’s, that’s no bad thing. For instance, the Boxster Spyder’s engine is the naturally aspirated, 3.8-liter flat-six from the 991/1 series 911 Carrera S. The brakes are also lifted from the Carrera S. The steering is from the 911 Turbo, the suspension is the X73 passive damper sport setup available as an option on the Boxster/Cayman GTS, and the optional carbon-fiber bucket seats are lifted straight from the 918 Spyder.

Packing 375 hp and a claimed top speed of 180 mph, the new Spyder is the fastest, most powerful Boxster ever. It’s also the last of the line, the last Boxster to be powered by a naturally aspirated, six-cylinder engine. Porsche says all its sports cars other than the GT models—GT3 and GT4—are switching to turbocharged engines, and it has already unveiled the all-turbo 991/2 series 911s. In 2016 both the Boxster and its coupe cousin, the Cayman, will be powered by a new range of turbocharged flat-fours. They’ll also get a name change, to 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, a nod to the iconic four-cylinder Porsche sports racers of the late 1950s and early 1960s (get the full story HERE).

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Parts-bin special it may be, but the 2016 Boxster Spyder could also be described as Cayman GT4-lite. It shares its engine, transmission, and front and rear fascias with Porsche’s race-face Cayman. However, it doesn’t get the 911 GT3 front suspension and brakes the Cayman GT4 does, or the strengthened rear suspension components. It rolls on narrower tires, though the 10.5-inch rear wheels are the widest fitted to any Boxster, and the 3.8-liter engine develops 10 hp less than it does in the GT4. None of this matters. The new Boxster Spyder is one of the most desirable open-top Porsches ever. With this car Porsche has gotten rid of the gadgets, stripped out the frills, cut the weight, and left little to come between you and the thrill of driving.

As with the Cayman GT4, the only transmission offered is a six-speed stick shift. To save weight—the Spyder weighs 66 pounds less than a Boxster GTS, says Porsche—soundproofing and insulation have been removed, the standard fuel tank is smaller—14.3 gallons versus 16.9 gallons; the larger tank is a no-cost option—and the regular Boxster soft-top has been replaced with a minimalist, do-it-yourself affair that hides under a large, flimsy aluminum cover with two prominent bubbles—streamliners, in Porsche parlance—stamped into it. There’s no air-conditioning, nor is there a radio. Both, though, are offered as no-cost options: Porsche marketers are shrewd enough to realize that, for all the macho social media chatter, this hair-shirt purist sports car thing can only be taken so far in 21st-century America, especially if you actually want to sell more than a handful of cars.

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That’s why the options list also includes 18-way adjustable power seats, a high-end Burmester sound system, and a myriad of color and trim choices, including a special paint (GT Silver Metallic, yours for a mere $2,850) and a full leather interior. Throw in a few other choice extras such as those 918 bucket seats ($4,730), the PCCB carbon-ceramic brakes ($7,400) and it’s not hard to get the Boxster Spyder’s sticker to soar from its $82,100 base price to almost $125,000. Plus $995 destination charge, of course.

So what’s it like to drive? In a word, delightful. The power delivery from the 3.8-liter engine is superb, a linear surge of thrust from 1,000 rpm all the way to 7,800 rpm, though you might notice a little extra crispness, a little extra clarity to the throttle response once the tach needle swings past 4,750 rpm, where the torque peak of 309 lb-ft plateaus through to 6,000 rpm. There’s no sinister conspiracy in the fact the Spyder’s engine has been tuned to deliver 10 hp less than the identical powerplant in the Cayman GT4. That’s simply the way it’s always been, insist Porsche insiders: A Boxster gets less power than a Cayman. What was that about shrewd marketers?

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The X73 suspension package is damn near perfect, allowing just the right amount of compliance to avoid overly exciting the Boxster’s impressively rigid body structure on less than perfectly smooth roads while keeping roll, dive, and squat to an absolute minimum. Riding 10mm lower than the PASM system in the Boxster GTS, and 20mm lower than the base Boxster suspension, the X73 gives, when combined with the weight savings, the Spyder the lowest center of gravity of any Boxster. This, combined with the 10 percent quicker steering afforded by the 911 Turbo rack, plus the smaller diameter steering wheel, and the bigger, stickier tires all round, makes the Boxster Spyder feel easily the most alert and agile Porsche roadster this side of a 918.

Porsche claims a 0-60-mph time of 4.3 seconds, though as we have previously noted, the factory tends to err on the conservative side when reporting acceleration numbers. And as with the Cayman GT4, that 0-60 time belies the Spyder’s real potential thanks to an absurdly long second gear that will propel it beyond 80 mph before the engine nuzzles the soft limiter. With a shorter second gear, we’d bet the Spyder would come close to dipping into the 3-second bracket for the 0-60 sprint. Maybe the conspiracy theorists are right: Maybe Porsche doesn’t want a Cayman or a Boxster to humiliate too many 911 variants

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There’s really no need to order Porsche’s optional, near indestructible PCCB carbon-ceramic brakes, as the 911S-sourced steel rotors are more than adequate for the job. Pedal feel is excellent, adding to the delicious sensory feast of the steering and the gearshift and the beautifully balanced chassis and that preternaturally responsive engine.

A sensory feast … That’s what makes the Boxster Spyder so desirable, one of those rare cars that’s greater than the sum of its parts. There are many more explosive, expensive, extreme sports cars than the Boxster Spyder, some of which also have Porsche badges. Even its close cousin, the Cayman GT4, is unquestionably quicker, more buttoned-down, more surgically precise, more able to show it a clean pair of heels on the racetrack. But the Boxster Spyder is no less engaging, not the least because with the roof down, and the exhaust switched to Sport mode, you’re bathed in an intoxicating surround-sound replay of that iconic Porsche flat-six snarl, interspersed with a crisp snap-crackle-pop on the overrun. Even when driving down to Starbucks for a latte it’s like you’re on the way to winning the Targa Florio.

And that’s exactly how a sports car should make you feel.

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder
Base Price $83,095
Vehicle Layout Mid-engine, 2WD, 2-pass, 2-door convertible
Engine 3.8L/375-hp/309-lb/ft DOHC 24-valve flat-6
Transmission 6-speed manual
Curb Weight 2,900 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 97.4 in
Length x Width x Height 173.8 x 70.9 x 49.7 in
0-60mph 4.3 sec (mfr)
EPA City/Hwy/Comb 18/24/20
Energy Consumption N/A
On Sale in U.S. Now

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La Boxster Spyder rencontre ses aînées à Goodwood

Porsche a profité du festival Goodwood Revival pour revenir sur ses modèles historiques qui ont inspiré le nouveau Boxster Spyder.

 

Le Boxster Spyder à Goodwood, pour le plaisir des yeux !

A l’occasion du Goodwood Revival, Porsche met en avant le Boxster Spyder… et l’héritage de la marque. De belles images.

 

White Porsche Boxster Spyder Stuns in the Wild!

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Porsche Boxster Spyder review – Does the ultimate Boxster make for a GT4 roadster?

Undoubtedly the best Boxster in the range

The Boxster Spyder is the most extreme version of Porsche’s 981 Boxster. It is lighter by 30kg, longer by ten millimetres and lower by 11mm when compared with a Boxster GTS. The front end is more aggressive in its design and there are distinctive streamlined humps behind the rollover hoops (a tribute to the 718 Spyder of the 1960s).

Technical highlights?

The Spyder’s 3.8-litre engine is a mildly detuned version of the one found in the new Cayman GT4 (and, obviously, the 991 Carrera S). Power is 45bhp up on a Boxster GTS (but 15bhp down on the Cayman GT4) and torque is up a healthy 37lb ft, taking the total to 310lb ft. The steering rack is slightly quicker (taken from the 911 Turbo apparently) and the steering wheel is 360mm in diameter (like the GT4 and GT3 RS).

Suspension is the 20mm lower, passive Sports set up that is also a no-cost option on the Boxster GTS. There is a Sport Chrono package as standard, the most notable benefit of which is the provision of dynamic transmission mounts. On the rear axle is a mechanical LSD (22 per cent locking under power and 27 per cent on the overrun), which is part of the Porsche Torque Vectoring system. 

Read: Porsche Boxster review

One of the biggest talking points is the new Spyder’s roof. The biggest criticism of the old Boxster Spyder was that its manual roof was little more than a shower cap that was incredibly fiddly to put on or take off. The roof on the new car is still a largely manual affair, but is far easier to erect and stow, while it can also be used right up to the Spyder’s top speed of 180mph. The mechanism saves 10kg and the large rear deck lid, which conceals both the folded hood and rear boot, is made of aluminium. 

What’s it like to drive?

Initially there isn’t a stark difference to the wonderful Boxster GTS although the 918 inspired seats are a lovely upgrade. Despite the larger engine, the rather long gearing disguises the extra oomph when you are merely pottering and the sound is simply the same lovely note that we’ve admired before, with a distinctive crackling on a trailing throttle. Increase you pace however and the extra performance starts to make itself felt, the engine really getting into its stride at about 5000rpm (just as the maximum torque plateau is reached) where it pulls with noticeably more vigour. Once into its stride it is extremely fast and the extra power makes it easier to unhinge the rear tyres from the tarmac in tighter corners if you want to, although arguably the LSD could be a little more aggressive.

Any reduction in weight is hard to feel, particularly as our car came equipped with air conditioning and a full PCM system. However, on the frequently tight and twisting roads that we drove the Spyder, the quicker steering was very welcome. Through a series of fast direction changes the Spyder more than kept up, retaining a beautifully balanced feel and flick-flacking one way, then the other with huge grip, great composure and reduced input at the wheel. A touch more weight through the steering was also welcome although it didn’t feel as though it had quite the liveliness and interactivity of the Cayman GT4 that I drove briefly at Goodwood. 

Read: Porsche Cayman GT4 review

Equipped with optional carbon ceramic discs, the Spyder was peerless under braking, blending huge power with fantastic pedal feel. The gearlever is the shorter item also found in the Cayman GT4 and it merely improves (albeit only very slightly) an already fantastic shift, the action rewarding if you choose to take your time, yet not baulking if you flash it through as fast as your hand will move. The ride, while exceptionally well controlled, was surprisingly compliant over some extremely broken surfaces that we encountered. 

Overall, the Spyder is undoubtedly the best Boxster in the range. However, it is more a subtle aggregation of marginal gains that builds to form this impression rather anything singular that lifts it above the GTS. 

Rivals?

Undoubtedly the Spyder’s biggest rival is the £6587 cheaper Boxtser GTS. What the GTS lacks in exclusivity, it arguably makes up for in practicality, with a roof that can be raised or lowered at the touch of a button at speeds up to 30mph. The Standard Boxster shape is also a very good-looking design in its own right. However, the Spyder’s greater power and quicker steering do look like a relative bargain at just £60,459 and, of course, if you are a fan of the exclusive speedster-ish styling then there is only one option. 

Outside the Porsche stable, the other very appealing alternative is the Exige S Roadster. If you are looking for a car with a really lightweight persona, then the 1166kg Lotus is even more stripped out and slightly faster (0-60mph taking 3.8 seconds compared to the Porsche’s 4.3). At £55,500 it is favourably comparable on price too.

Anything else I need to know?

The rather attractive roof with its flying buttresses is a relatively simple thing to put up or fold away. The latch to the header rail is motorised but otherwise the folding needs to be done manually. The trickiest part is finding the button beneath the canvas that releases each of the ‘fins’ attaching it to the rear deck. With the roof down it’s also possible to drive comfortably and reasonably un-buffeted with the windows down (thereby ensuring the Spyder is viewed with the cleanest lines and most stylish appearance).


Henry Catchpole

16 Jul 2015

Tout savoir sur le nouveau Boxster Spyder !

Porsche nous offre 6 minutes 12 de vidéo sur le petit nouveau de la gamme Boxster, j’ai nommé le Spyder.

Des images et des explications …

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