The 2016 Boxster Spyder comes as the fastest and most powerful Boxster model ever produced, delivering a juvenile experience thanks to its agility and convertible feature. As expected from the all-mighty Porsche sports cars, this one is able to excel on the road, even closer from the high-end models like the Cayman GT4.
Visually, we don’t see major changes. It is still a Boxster. But, the whole idea of the trademark has stepped up. In the past, this model wasn’t able to match with the brawniest models in the lineup. Now, the 2016 Boxster Spyder seems like one good alternative for wealthy car enthusiasts.
Let’s get familiar with the highlights of the 2016 Boxster Spyder.
Familiar Drivetrain and Specs
The 2016 Boxster Spyder packs a DOHC 24-valve 3.8 L flat-6 engine with aluminum block and heads. This engine is capable of producing 375 hp at 6700 RPM and 309 lb-ft of maximum torque at 4750 RPM. This is the same power plant from the 911 Carrera S and Cayman GT4 models, which has a top speed of 7800 RPM. This model is just 10 horsepower behind from the hardcore, previously mentioned Cayman GT4.
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In performance numbers, we get 3.9 seconds going from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h). In the meanwhile, the 2016 Boxster Spyder has a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). The 6-speed manual transmission features a classic stick, which delivers to the drivers a really entertaining experience. Totally enjoyable.
The fuel economy is rated at 18 mpg for the city and 24 mpg for the highway. Carbon ceramic brakes provide a minor difference in terms of performance when we do the comparison with the standard equipment. The highly efficient braking system also comes from the 911 Carrera S model.
As expected from the Boxster’s conservative profile, electronic assistants onboard make sure to secure the driver by lowering the excitement and craziness while cornering. This rear-wheel drive sports car isn’t a 911. It guarantees an entertaining experience on thigh roads, maintaining standard terms of safety at the same time.
Sticking the 2016 Boxster Spyder to the pavement, there are P235/35Z tires in the front and P265/35Z in the rear, both axles with high-performance build and capabilities. The curb weight is around 2900 lb (1315 kg). In this matter is where we found one of the biggest improvements for this model, massive weight cuts. All this in order to improve aerodynamics, both cutting weight and making the proper modifications to the body.
Hot Design and Convenience Features
This German sports car features a design and bodywork focused in a well-thought downforce distribution. Anyways, the 2016 Boxster Spyder maintains its trademark form, only changing the required and convenient aspects. The removable is a clear feature, which delivers a young feeling. We found 20-inch silver aluminum wheels, which comes as standard. The same for the independent strut suspension in both front and rear axles.
When we get to the cockpit, everything seems to be built with top-quality materials, as expected from a Porsche or other German vehicle. Carbon fiber shell seats are an interesting addition as optional, as the leather upholstery as well for the standard seat layout.
All the audio setups available are optimized to weight the less possible. The 12-speaker Bose premium audio system is available as an extra, being a more basic 4-speaker setup the standard. For the ones with a more limited budget, there is also a cheaper alternative, with the 7-speaker setup and a 10-speaker Bose system.
The Bottom Line
We find the 2016 Boxster Spyder sexy and appealing. The delivered experience is full of excitement and hardcore cornering. The breach among the models in the Porsche lineup is getting narrower.
The base price starts at US$83.095.