Porsche Boxster Spyder in the test

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Porsche Boxster Spyder put to the test
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' Which real athlete likes to take a warm shower when they can let off steam outdoors? 'asks Porsche on his The area of ​​the homepage dedicated to the Boxster Spyder provocatively and thus apparently clearly indicates the direction of the march. Understood - the two-seater, slimmed down by 80 kilograms and strengthened from 310 to 320 hp, is intended to attract the hardcore clientele who are uncompromisingly oriented towards driving dynamics. OK then! Finally a manufacturer who dares to say what's going on. You can't win races with fur and jewelry. Lean management would be very popular on the automotive front.

The Porsche Boxster Spyder doesn't have to be uncompromising

Then the disillusionment: As cheeky, happy and direct as the Stuttgart sports car specialist may appear at first glance, the configurator speaks a different story Language. Because of renouncing radio, air conditioning and other comfort delicacies. These goodies are not on board as standard, but they can be ordered on request and at an additional cost. So the Swabians are not as uncompromisingly hard-nosed as they are. It would be even nicer - where the majority of the Porsche Boxster Spyder customers are more likely to be found across the pond. In California, for example, where sunshine is more the rule than the exception and precipitation is still seen as a welcome change. And in America renunciation sounds good in principle, but it is hardly practiced consistently. Cars without leather upholstery are rare in the USA.

Ergo, Porsche only offers the Boxster Spyder formally without leather upholstery and cup holders. On request and - in the case of the beverage bottle holder - at no extra charge, both are of course also available for the Porsche Boxster Spyder. The same applies to the radio, air conditioning and navigation system, which have been omitted as standard. No question about it: Nobody has to go bad in the Porsche Boxster Spyder. The surcharge list denies any remedy only in the case of the electrically operated fabric top, which is no longer in favor of an electrically operated fabric top, which has no storage compartments and classic openers, and the overall more minimalist cockpit.

Light-footed testing on the racetrack

The rule here is' eat or die 'and focus on the essentials. On the in thisIn the environment without a protective hood, for example, round instruments that provide information about the gain in driving fun due to the lack of comfort and the noticeably and measurably increased temperament of the mid-engine athlete. The spyder's center of gravity, which is 20 millimeters lower than that of the Porsche Boxster S, has an effect in combination with stiff and short springs, the tighter rebound and compression stages of the dampers and large stabilizers. The open-air athlete, who is perfectly trained with a live weight of 1,322 kilograms, circles the 2.6 kilometer long short course in Hockenheim in a brisk 1.14.5 minutes in a light footed, neutral and track-stable course Incidentally, this case has become almost seldom Porsche by the way, manual work is the order of the day. Because unlike all the other Boxster and Cayman test cars, the white Spyder with the nostalgic Porsche logo on the flank actually went to the start in the same way as it is available for a payment of 64,118 euros: with a manual six-speed gearbox. Also a means of weight loss. The PDK dual-clutch transmission, which is of course also available for the Porsche Boxster Spyder, has an additional weight of around 35 kilos.

Porsche Boxster Spyder in 5.2 seconds to 100

those from the factory The two-seater with fixed spoiler has fulfilled the promised weight saving of around 80 kilograms compared to the normal Boxster, as well as the targeted performance improvement. The Spyder took half a second off the 1,447 kilogram Porsche Boxster S with PDK during the test in Baden. He rushes through the 180-meter-long slalom course with an average speed of 71.1 km /h (Boxster S 70.4 km /h) - with identical tires, mind you.

The announcement for the new Porsche Boxster S of the type 981 would have been made: the journey in Hockenheim should already be in the direction of 1.14.0 minutes. You think that's presumptuous - when the new one comes with a fully electric hood? We are not. After all, the Cayman R has already proven that the rear-wheel-driven mid-engine group can really get on with the more powerful rear-engine athletes with 911 identification. The rubbish that the bright green R-model gave the cult athlete with a lap time of 1.12.4 minutes was only made up for by the new, now 400 hp Porsche 911. However, the one that was the direct predecessor on its impressive overflight on the small circuit with 1:10.4 minutes was three seconds faster.

From this point of view, the hoped-for lap time of 1:14 minutes for the new Porsche Boxster S. be stacked deep. After all, exactly the same means were used here as with the new edition of the 911 series: consistent lightweight construction, longer wheelbase, wider track. Only when increasing performance did he have tosmall Porsches are modest. With 315 PS, the Boxster S has five fewer horses on board than the Porsche Boxster Spyder. A rogue who thinks badly.


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