I n 2015, Porsche had at the New York Auto Show the Spyder version of the 981 series is presented. In 2018 the time has come again for the 718 Boxster to be ennobled with a Spyder variant. The design of the new edition is strongly based on the predecessor. As the now caught Erlkönig shows, a partially manual hood stretches over the passenger compartment of the Spyder, which when folded disappears under the engine flap. At the back, the briefly drawn roof shows the roof sheeting in the direction of the wheel arches. This means that the new old convertible top should be more than just makeshift weather protection and also fully gas-proof.
Redesigned rear apron and 420-hp vacuum cleaner
Behind Like its predecessor, the hood has an upward-curved engine compartment cover with two integrated air domes. Another new feature of the Erlkönig is the rear diffuser with the newly designed twin-pipe exhaust system, the tailpipes of which are now further apart. This apron can also be found on the six-cylinder GT4 model. The front apron seems to be borrowed from the GTS models.
The six-cylinder boxer should also be the inspiration for the drive side. The old Spyder does more than its serial brothers - a whopping 375 hp from a 3.8-liter six-cylinder vacuum cleaner. In the new model, the 4.0 liter naturally aspirated engine from the GT3 is used - with an expected 420 hp. Porsche does not accommodate the current 3.0 liter turbo engine in the 718.
The scales also show less on the new 718 Spyder. A significantly reduced comfort equipment is supposed to save a few pounds here.The air conditioning and infotainment system should be omitted again - but both can be optionally retrieved. The Erlkönig also clearly shows the greatly enlarged brake system, which probably comes from 911 again.