The Porsche Boxster has been called a lot of things over the years, but at the end of the day, it, and its Cayman cousin, are two of Porsche’s best handling cars. This is thanks mostly to their mid-engine layout but also because of their compact size and low curb weight.
The current 2011 Porsche Boxster should be praised as it’s a sports car that offers real emotion yet at the same time it’s actual quite a rational buying decision. On paper the thing is already brilliant but once you hop behind the wheel, touch the leather and press the accelerator a couple of times to hear the engine roar and you’ll suddenly realize why the Boxster has remained so popular over the years.
There’s only two trim levels for the Boxster normally, the base and the sportier S. We say normally because for 2011 a special edition Boxster Spyder model has been introduced.
The 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
is essentially a lighter and more hardcore version of the already tight Boxster S--it gets an additional 10 horsepower and weighs 176 pounds less.
Power comes from a 3.4-liter flat-six engine that develops 320 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Weighing in at just 2,811 pounds, the Boxster Spyder is the lightest model in Porsche’s lineup and this is definitely noticeable out on the road.
Some of the techniques used to shed the pounds include the removal of the regular Boxster’s daytime running lights and fog lamps, as well as its automatic soft-top roof. Instead, the Spyder gets a manually-operated canopy-style roof and new rear deck.
All these weight saving mods translate into better acceleration, with the Boxster Spyder sprinting from 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds when equipped with Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch gearbox and Sport Chrono Plus package, 0.2 seconds faster than the Boxster S in fact.
If you can’t get your hands on the Boxster Spyder, never fear as the regular Boxster and Boxster S are just as fun and come at a smaller price. The Boxster S gets a 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque version of the 3.4-liter engine found in the Boxster Spyder, while the regular Boxster has a 303 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque version.
You may be wondering why someone would want to pay the extra pennies for the Boxster S when the regular Boxster has nearly the same output. Well, the S badge adds stiffer suspension and better tires and brakes. It also gets more standard equipment inside the cabin.
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