As secrets go it wasn’t the best kept one, but, even if we all knew a more focussed Boxster would follow the Cayman GT4 into production, Porsche’s Spyder is still one of the cars of the New York Auto Show. That’s before the show’s even opened, New York’s lofts, marketplaces and just about anywhere you can cram cars and canapes are being taken over with pre-show reveals and parties.
For Porsche that meant the fashionable Meat Packing district, a studio, and a hungry throng of international journalists, eager to see Porsche’s butress-backed and compromise-roofed Roadster. Only the roof’s not quite the draughty disaster of its predecessor, the Boxster Spyder’s second incarnation gains a roof that’s not just easier to put up and stow, but also actually offers proper weather protection. ‘That’ll be the seals around the doors,’ says Grant Larson, General Manager of Special Projects, Style Porsche, a man with arguably one of the coolest jobs in the business, admitting that, unlike the original, this one won’t blow off at speed. Larson adds that the new fabric roof saves some 11kg over its conventional Boxster relations. The Spyder’s kerbweight of 1315kg, or around 90kg less than the regular Boxster, is thanks to Porsche binning stuff like A/C and audio equipment – all of which will be added right back on from the options list.
Generating additional speed to take advantage of its on-paper reduced mass is the same 3.8-litre, flat-six, engine from the Cayman GT4 – itself pinched from the Carrera S – pushing out 375hp. That’s 45hp more than the already rapid 3.4-litre Boxster GTS, allowing the Spyder a 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds. Manual-only too, Porsche say the Spyder, like it’s Cayman GT4 relation, will only be offered with three pedals and a proper gearstick.
Visually it benefits not just from the Boxster GTS derived 20mm sports suspension drop, but the bonnet lip vent, deeper front air intakes, and the Spyder-only double-humped rear panel and kicked up, near ducktail, rear spoiler. Twenty inch alloy wheels are standard equipment, behind which are steel disc brakes, Porsche is certain to offer its PCCB option for those wanting greater fade resistance for track use. On sale now, Porsche isn’t talking limited numbers, though with demand certain to be high if you’ve not got an order in already then you’ll probably need more than the £60,459 list price to get your hands on one. It might just be worth it, too.