The lightest Porsche on the market has been unveiled. At just 2,811 pounds, the 2011 Boxster will make its first public appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of this year.
It is being called the Boxster Spyder, and it sheds 133 pounds from the current Boxster S with a redesigned exterior and the use of a retractable soft top roof.
The biggest changes in the looks-department for the 2011 Spyder arrive with a lowered windscreen and a sloping rear end---which invokes the mighty Porsche Carrera GT. The black soft top is hand-operated, which removes hefty and unnecessary pieces used in automatic versions.
The Boxster Spyder will use a direct-injected 3.4-liter inline-six cylinder with 320 horsepower. This is 10 more than its Boxster S predecessor, which should help move the Spyder from 0 to 60 mph in an impressive 4.6 seconds. However, that is only if you opt for the flashy Porsche PDK dual-clutch transmission.
Also new for 2011 is the Boxsters suspension. Its been lowered an inch, stiffened up, and tuned for a more aggressive ride. Combined with the weight reduction and bump in horsepower, this new Spyder version should be an animal through the twistys.
After its appearance in Los Angeles this December, the 2011 Porsche Spyder will go on sale in February 2010, where it will start at a base price of 61,200.