The Porsche Boxster Spyder is a special car--we can't wait to get our hands on one--and these live photos from the floor of the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, plus a new official video showing the car in action, help to convey the sense of focused purpose that emanates so strongly from the car.
Looking back on some of the cars that made sport driving great, and built the legend that has become today's Porsche, you have to wonder how we ever got to 3,500 pounds, 500 horsepower twin-turbo monsters. The 356 Speedster, for example--considered by many to be one of the first modern sports cars--weighed a mere 1,670 pounds and managed just 40 horsepower in some guises.
A car, built in a similar vein to the original 356 Speedster, has made a return in the form of the new 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder. While we’ve known about the car for several weeks now, today we've got live photos of the car straight from its world debut on the floor of the Los Angeles Auto Show, and we've even got a couple shots of the 718/8 Spyder, a sort of spiritual predecessor of today's Boxster Spyder.
Weighing in at just 2,811 pounds, the new Spyder will be the lightest Porsche available--from a company already known for lightweight, proficient sports cars. It is based on the Boxster S but it gets a small bump in performance, with its 3.4-liter flat-six engine developing 320 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque--the same as the current Cayman S.For full details, check out our in-depth story by clicking here.