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Porsche Boxster Spyder Will Launch This Year

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/13/2015 Erick Ayapana

Rumors of a new high-performance Porsche Boxster appear to be true. Buried deep within the Volkswagen Group’s summary of its 2014 financial earnings is the confirmation that sometime this year Porsche will launch the Boxster Spyder, considered to be the top-down version of the Cayman GT4.

Previous speculation suggested a number of possible names including Boxster GT4, Boxster Spyder RS, and even the Boxster Club Sport. But in the end, Porsche is going with Boxster Spyder.

With the name out of the way, it’s now a waiting game for engine specs, chassis modifications, and price. The Boxster Spyder will likely make more power than the Boxster GTS (330 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque from a 3.4-liter flat-six), with the possibility of it sharing the Cayman GT4’s 3.8-liter flat-six, which itself is cribbed from the 911 Carrera S. For the Cayman GT4, the engine is detuned to make 385 hp and 310 lb-ft. Additionally, a six-speed manual is currently the sole gearbox choice for the Cayman GT4.

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Porsche Boxster GT4 Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Porsche Boxster GT4 Prototype

Also unknown is if the Boxster Spyder will share the Cayman GT4’s handling upgrades. As we discovered in our first drive of the GT4, its front suspension and tires are sourced from the 911 GT3, while other goodies include sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s, a fixed rear wing, and active dampers.

With the 2015 Geneva auto show already in the books, it’s possible that the Boxster Spyder could debut at the Frankfurt show this September or in Los Angeles later in the year.

Source: Porsche

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