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Porsche Boxster Spyder: convertible fun device for fresh air fans

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Porsche Boxster Spyder put to the test
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P robe for the German summer bohemian. Still without a production design, but the main actor plays so vividly that we can imagine the surrounding area. Clear the stage for the Boxster Spyder, Porsche's admonition of the ambitious winter to finally evaporate - and to make way for spring with sunny convertible hours.

Porsche Boxster Spyder in the test: A sun sail solves the automated all-weather Awning from

How often during the test did we first disassemble the fiddly convertible top kit, then reassemble it, just to take advantage of the snowfall breaks. Because that is what makes the Porsche Boxster a Spyder: He swaps his automated all-weather awning for a fluttery, impregnated sun sail - to be assembled by hand. With the loss of the push-button convertible top, he gains in honesty; this Porsche is a really open car.
Wind faces have always railed against the softening of open-top driving. For them there is the Porsche Boxster Spyder ( the Porsche Boxster Spyder in the driving report ), within the mid-engine series the most rudimentary, but at the same time most expensive model - a paradox that Porsche buyers have long accepted. At 63,404 euros, the Spyder costs around 7,000 euros more than a Porsche Boxster S.

Most of all, the Porsche Boxster Spyder lost weight

What less is there for more money ? Especially weight. Emergency roof, tailgate made of aluminum instead of steel, that saves 21 kilograms, 15 the doors made of light metal, twelve the bucket seats, seven the smaller tank. The Spyder test car weighs 1,328 kilograms with automatic air conditioning (1,499 euros, 13 kilograms) and navigation and sound system (3,505 euros, eight kilograms) - ballast unnecessary for sports drivers. Because you let the summer heat wipe your face with the wind, the sound is provided by the six-cylinder, and you can't get lost in a Porsche anyway: every route is right - especially in the Porsche Boxster Spyder.

Test: What more does the Spyder offer than the Boxster S?

The ten hp more powerful engine of the Porsche Cayman S, 19 instead of 18 inch wheels and a body lowered by 20 millimeters - and moreExclusivity. It's not a Porsche Boxster , but the Porsche Spyder. In retrospect, puristic special forms have always been the best investments. But they excluded the faint of heart. And how tough do you have to be for the Porsche Boxster Spyder? A test, start, closed. The convertible top loses tension from as little as 140 km /h. A flat hand fits through the gap at the transition to the side window - at 200 km /h (Porsche doesn't allow more when closed) the wind competes with Motörhead for decibel sovereignty. If your ears whiz with heavy metal, the Spyder is too soft.

The Spyder makes less noise when opened Test as closed

Roof on. The necessary steps include folding, pulling, buttoning, winding, unlocking, folding up and then stowing away - in a kind of convertible top box above the engine. The rolled-up rear window made of plastic fits into a small recess, with the fabric and frame above it. After a little practice, it takes about two and a half minutes to open or close. In an emergency, the interior would have rained wet. So if you can't take a cold shower, you're too soft. We start again, this time topless. Amazing: the Porsche Boxster Spyder makes less noise when opened than when closed; it doesn't hiss so unpleasantly on the way to the top speed of 267 km /h. Nevertheless, the hurricane tears away caps that are not fastened on. Open-top driving as a natural event. Of course, the Porsche Boxster Spyder also masters glamorous strolls in the test. You are happy to invite your loved one to take a trip along a promenade. But at heart the Spyder is a lone wolf that is drawn to the provincial steppe. On the deserted country road. This is where it should prove itself.

The Boxster Spyder has wider tires and a firmer chassis

The high-cost bucket seats encircle the body, securing it to enjoy the centrifugal forces. A lot is to be expected, also because the Spyder comes with wider tires and stiffer chassis as standard - clearly cast iron. Although the suspension responds unexpectedly well to bumps, it shows its tough character on long bumps. Anyone who has cross problems is definitely too soft for the Porsche Boxster Spyder. It is not a Poser lowering. Toughness means dynamism: the Porsche Boxster Spyder in the test steers in with perfectionist seriousness and turns out of its power center as delicately as only mid-engine sports cars can do. Nevertheless, it is not a load change hot spur, but remains predictably neutral. But compared to the equally talented Porsche Boxster S, the driving dynamics values ​​don't call the Spyder a monolith of its craft.

Porsche Boxster Spyder in the test: The flaps of the sports exhaust can be opened at the push of a button

After all, the manual version undercuts its factory specifications when accelerating: 4.9 instead of 5 , 1 seconds from zero to 100 km /h. You are happy to give in to the insistence of the uninhibited boxer and enjoy his wildness, especially when the flaps of the sports exhaust (1,916 euros) open with a button and the 3.4-liter purrs into it Snorkeling changes - it's best to enjoy it in the open air. If you create the wind as a measure of the draft, it does not increase compared to the Boxster. A critical look at the windscreen of the Porsche Boxster Spyder shows: Unlike earlier Speedster models or During the conversion by Alois Ruf, the window frame of the Porsche Boxster Spyder is not shortened. With the side windows open, neither more air nor more landscape flows into the interior.

The appeal of the Porsche Boxster Spyder is centered on its uniqueness

Of course, the intensity of the experience is high; like in the Porsche Boxster S with option tires and sports suspension. The appeal of the Porsche Boxster Spyder is centered on its uniqueness: What do you compare with? With the quirky Morgan Aero 8 or about the sündteuren Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster? Like this one, the Porsche Boxster Spyder is a presence swank - with sexy hats and slim usability. That will limit its spread. And that's what it's all about for buyers striving for individuality. Then they like to pay more for less.


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