2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
Next we turn the keys to Porsche’s 2011 Boxster Spyder, a delicious-to-see and exhilarating-to-drive, throwback to the iconic 550 Spyder. The Spyder’s fun, 50’s-vintage styling comes complete with twin seat fairings, a minimalist manual softtop, and even rocker panel stripes.
The Spyder sits just under an inch lower than the Boxster S, and with its large aluminum rear deck lid, is almost 200 pounds lighter. The Spyder’s diet also includes lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels, aluminum doors, and a somewhat decontented interior.
Modeled on the 911 GT3 RS, the door panels have red pull straps and forgo storage bins. Lightweight, form-fitting bucket seats use Alcantara inserts. There are splashes of red around the cabin, and the shroud over the gauges is gone. Creature comforts such as radio and air conditioning, and even cupholders, are optional.
Mounted amidship is a 320-horsepower version of the Boxster S’ direct-injected 3.4-liter flat-six. A precise six-speed manual is standard, with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic available, both with a limited-slip differential. Suspension changes include shorter, stiffer springs, and unique anti-roll bars. Ceramic disc brakes are optional.
“This car is smooth and fast. And handling might be the best of any Boxster yet. The top can be a little bit of a handful to assemble, but it provided more weather protection than we expected.” – Shamit Choksey
The 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder arrives just in time to soak up some late summer sun and reel in some winding back roads. It’s available now, starting at about $62,000.
Staring at about $62,000