When Porsche first launched the Boxster, it was clear that the inspiration came from Porsche’s legendary 550 Spyder produced for racing back in the Fifties. The new car though was aimed more towards the masses, with amenities like an actual roof, that actually kept occupants warm and dry. As the Boxster has evolved, the lighter, more powerful Boxster S joined the lineup to address some enthusiasts requests for additional performance.
In February 2010, another new model joins the family, this one closer to the iconic 550 in spirit. The Boxster spyder is the lightest car Porsche builds, tipping the scales at just over 2,800 lbs and propelled by 320 horsepower. When combined with the PDK transmission, the Spyder launches from a stop to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. Visually, the Spyder has shorter side windows, the soft top is really more of a removable cover that stretches from windshield header to the wind baffle glass between the headrests. A one piece, double bubble rear decklid completes the look.
For the launch of the Boxster Spyder earlier this week at the LA Autoshow, Porsche brought in Austrian freestyle rock drummer Alfred Vogel to lay down some beats for the grand entrance.
Friend of The Garage, film maker JF Musial was brought on board to produce this great video of the Boxster S being driven on 17-mile Drive and Laureles Grade in Monterey. Beyond the great visuals of the car, the next thing one notices is how incredible the flat 6 sounds. Certainly a free flowing exhaust is part of the performance upgrades. The sharp eared enthusiast will notice the massive sound of air being gobbled up by the intake when the camera is mounted on the rear deck.