Porsche Boxster 981 Spyder (2015-2016)
Date of unveil by Porsche AG: 2015 April 1
Premiere: 2015 April 1 at New York Auto Show
World market launch: 2015 July
Technical specification and comparison
|Modification||Engine||kW||lb-ft||Nm||Gearbox||60 mph||100 km/h||100 mph||200 km/h||mph||km/h||DIN weight||Power to weight|
|2015 981 Spyder||3.8B6||276||309||420||manual 6-speed||4.2 sec.||4.5 sec.||9.5 sec.||14.8 sec.||180||290||1315 kg
|2010 987 Spyder||3.4B6||235||272||370||manual 6-speed||4.9 sec.||5.1 sec.||10.8 sec.||17.5 sec.||166||267||1275 kg
|PDK 7-speed||*4.6/4.8 sec.||*4.8/5.0 sec.||*10.3/10.6 sec.||*17.0/17.3 sec.||165||265||1300 kg
Following in the footsteps of the nineteen fifties and sixties 356 Speedsters, 550 Spyders, different 718 Spyders and the two thousand ten Boxster 987 Spyder, the Boxster 981 Spyder is by far the most powerful of them. The power-to-weight ratio of the original 718 Spyder 1.7- and 2.0-litre 4-cylinder models was better though already 55 years earlier. Visually the Porsche Speedsters and Spyders are characterized by their unique side view silhouette - the result of the low windscreen and low roofline when the temporary canvas top is fitted.
While the 987 Spyder had a Cayman S engine (a little bit more powerful than Boxster S), the 981 Spyder got a 911 Carrera S engine - like the 981 GT4, it had a modified 3.8-litre engine from the 997.2/991. To use the rear engine in mid-position, it was not just rotated 180 degrees, it had to be modified a bit - the 3.8-litre engine was given a different crankcase and naturally different intake system. This purist's version of the Boxster was equipped with limited slip differential and the Porsche Torque Vectoring electronic turn-in aid. The exhaust system is naturally the louder sports version and the suspension is 0.8"/20 mm lower than on the standard Boxster. The suspension is sportier, but not the racing suspension of the 981 GT4. The brakes have the same size as the ones on the 991 Carrera 3.4, just that the calipers are painted red. Although 25 kg / 55 lb lighter than the GT4, the 981 Spyder is not as race-oriented as the Cayman GT4. Like in the GT4, in order to reduce weight, radio, loudspeakers and air conditioning were deleted from standard equipment (could be put back at no extra cost), the fuel tank size was only 54 litres (64-litre tank was available at no extra cost). What was not the case with the 987 Spyder, the roof of the 981 Spyder is more suitable for everyday use (with the 987 Spyder the top speed with roof on was limited to 124 mph/200 km/h).
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