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Boxster Spyder to make World Debut in Los AngelesThe lightweight mid-engined Roadster

Porsche will unveil an exciting new variant of the Boxster at the Los Angeles Motor Show on December 02.

The new range-topping Boxster Spyder will also be the lightest sports car in the Porsche range – tipping the scales at 1,275kg; shaving more than 50kg off the weight of the entry Boxster model.

And no surprise, the Boxster Spyder is also the quickest roadster in the Porsche range with a 0-100 km/h time of 4.8 seconds when mated to the optional PDK transmission and Sports Chrono Package featuring Launch Control.

The Boxster Spyder is more than just a quicker roadster – it’s also more powerful than the Boxster S, with power for the direct-injection 3.4-litre flat six-cylinder engine creeping up to 235 kW – seven kilowatts more than the Boxster S.

With optional PDK, fuel consumption is a mere 9.3L/100kms in the NEDC New European Driving Cycle. Top speed, in turn, is 267 km/h – with the roof open.

With significantly less weight, a low slung body, lower centre of gravity and an allnew sports suspension, the Boxster Spyder has the performance to match its stunning looks.

Porsche’s designers and engineers have flourished in the creation of the Boxster Spyder, adopting the formula used with great success in Porsche’s most successful road-going sports and racing cars, ranging from the legendary 550 Spyder all the way to the RS Spyder so successful in motorsport today.

The Boxster Spyder is designed primarily as an open-top car. The extra-low side windows and two striking bulges on the single-piece engine cover combine to create a silhouette reminiscent of the Carrera GT.

In terms of its fundamental concept, the entire Boxster family is the successor to the legendary 550 Spyder built back in 1953, both models sharing the same mid-engine roadster concept, low weight, back-to-the-roots lifestyle, and supreme agility combined with equally outstanding driving enjoyment.

The 550 Spyder was the first sports car from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen developed specifically for racing but also homologated for the road. In the years following its production, this unique Spyder weighing only 550 kg, scored numerous victories on race circuits and in the road races so popular at the time.

The 550 Spyder was followed by other extremely successful Porsche Spyders such as the 718 RS 60 in 1960.

In 2004 and 2008 Porsche dedicated a limited edition of special Boxsters bearing the additional name Spyder to these legendary racing cars. By contrast, the new Boxster Spyder is a regular, specially developed and upgraded production model with farreaching modifications versus the Boxster and Boxster S.

The new Boxster Spyder will join the Porsche range in Australia in the second quarter of 2010. Pricing will be announced closer to the car’s on-sale date.

5/11/2009