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Porsche Boxster Spyder (2015–2016)

Last updated 17 May 2017

Kerb weight 1315 kg
Warranty 3 years
Servicing 20,000 miles

Full specifications

Driving

The Boxster Spyder is powered by a detuned version of the 3.8-litre engine found in the 911 Carrera S. It might be 25PS down on the 911, but with 375PS, the Boxster Spyder loses none of the six-cylinder's potency, covering 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds before thundering on to a top speed of 180mph.

As you might expect, the Spyder works best with the roof down. It sounds fantastic, with the twin-exhaust emitting a deep rumble that builds as you increase the throttle. At motorway speeds the exhaust quietens down, which makes it comfortable enough to use on long trips without the need to raise your voice to speak with your passenger.

Phenomenally quick in a straight line, it is easy to achieve supercar-rivalling performance with 420Nm of torque providing rapid acceleration through all of the gears. Activating the Sport button improves the throttle response and makes the exhaust louder, with peak power arriving at 6700rpm. Power is delivered to the rear-wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox - there's no PDK option - and the long ratios are well matched to high revving nature of the six-cylinder engine.

A Sport Chrono package is fitted as standard and power to the rear-wheels is controlled via a mechanical differential to prevent wheel spin and improve stability when cornering. The brakes are sharp too, with the calipers and rotors carried over from the 911 Carrera S, which means the Boxster can be pushed hard without fear of the back-end snapping out. However, even in the wet, the Spyder is easy to drive, with its firm suspension and excellent steering system providing huge levels of feedback through the wheel.

Limo-like refinement is not an area where the Boxster Spyder excels. Porsche has trimmed the kerb weight to just 1300kg, with the use of aluminium body panels, reduced insulation and a lightweight manual folding fabric roof. The sports suspension sits 20mm lower to the road compared to the standard Boxster and the ride can get quite bumpy on the standard fit 20-inch wheels, especially on potted roads or at lower speeds in and around town.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
Boxster Spyder 29 mpg 4.5 s 180 mph 230 g/km
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