Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder (2010-2012)

Date of unveil by Porsche AG: November 5, 2009
Premiere: December 2, 2009 Los Angeles Motor Show
World market launch: February 2010 (as a 2011 model)

Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder, roof on side view
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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
Boxster 987.2 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
2810 lb
184 W/kg
83.6 W/lb
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
2866 lb
181 W/kg
82.0 W/lb
Boxster 987.2 S 3.4B6 228 265 360 manual 6-speed 5.3 sec. 11.6 sec. 18.4 sec. 170 274 1355 kg
2987 lb
168 W/kg
76.3 W/lb
PDK 7-speed *5.0/5.2 sec. *11.1/11.4 sec. *17.9/18.2 sec. 169 272 1380 kg
3042 lb
165 W/kg
75.0 W/lb
Top speed figures of the Spyder are measured without soft top (speed limited to 124 mph/200 km/h when top on). DIN weight = car with 90% fuel, no driver, no cargo, German versions with standard equipment. * with Launch Control.

The Spyder's most striking feature, the manual canvas hood in place of an electric convertible top saves 21 kg/46 lb. Weighing 1275 kg/2811 lb, the Boxster Spyder was the lightest street legal Porsche in decades (lightest after the eighties 944). Although technically rather similar to the Boxster S, the Spyder got a all-new 0.8"/20 mm lower sports suspension. Together with the weight reduction measures, the center of gravity was lowered by 1.0"/25 mm. The sporty chassis was characterized by its stiff and short springs, large anti-roll bars on the front and rear axles, and specially tuned tension and pressure stages of its four shock absorbers. Added to this was a mechanical rear differential lock installed as standard. As part of the lightweight construction, 8.5+10 x 19” unique and weight-optimized wheels were developed. The 19" Spyder wheels were around 10% lighter than optional 19" wheels on Boxster S and even a bit lighter than the 18" wheels of the Boxster S. In September 2010, 'Car and Driver' magazine awarded the Boxster Spyder with the title "best-handling car in America".

Options included Boxster Spyder Alcantara interior, lightweight lithium ion battery (-10 kg/22 lb), automatic climate control (+12 kg/26 lb), radio and speakers (+3 kg/7 lb), sports exhaust system (it wasn't standard item) and other selected Boxster options. As the Spyder was designed to be aa minimalistic as a Boxster can be, Porsche's official saying was: "The two luggage compartments are perhaps the only concession to convenience."

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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder front spoiler
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder
Note the absence of struts on the side air intake grilles © Porsche
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder, canvas top on
Porsche described the 987 Spyder as "consistently open" to let customers understand it is not exactly a car for the rainy days. The canvas was called as an ‘emergency top'. The two-part structure makes it possible to use just one part of it as a sunshield (as seen on the photo), creating a completely new driving experience.© Porsche
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Silver Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder
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White Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder, side view
Aluminium doors and no door pockets saved almost 15 kg/33 lb in total © Porsche
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder roof
Only the sunshield fitted© Porsche
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder roof explained
Sunshield and windstopper together try to make the cockpit weather proof, but don't expect it to be 100% waterproof roof like on other Boxsters© Porsche
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder in the dark
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder
The rear lid posed a particular challenge for the development team at Porsche Engineering. Its large size required inventiveness in terms of the paintwork processes and final vehicle assembly. © Porsche
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder, white, crema, silver, red, blue, black
Carrara White, Cream White (Special color), Platinum Silver Metallic, Guards Red, Aqua Blue Metallic, Black (Basalt Black Metallic and darker non-metallic both were available) © Porsche
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder waiting for the rain to end
Porsche's caption for this photo is "Roofs weigh too much" © Porsche
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder rear spoiler
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder, 550 Spyder
In standard configuration, at 1275 kg/2800 lb, the 987 Spyder was the lightest production Porsche of its time and in very long time, but... the original 550 Spyder weighed just ~550 kg/1200 lb. The difference is at least 725 kg/1600 lb.© Porsche
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Boxster Spyder logo
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Silver Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder posing in the tunnel
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder top view
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder, showing side windows
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Silver Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder side view
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder by the ocean
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder 300.000
In June 2011 this car was used to celebrate the 300.000th 986 and 987 Boxster/Cayman mid-engined Porsche produced in 15 years © Porsche
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder front spoiler daytime driving light
Minimalistic LED position lights © Porsche
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder interior with bucket seats
Standard bucket seats help to save 12 kg/26 lb© Porsche
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder instrument cluster
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder PDK SportDesign steering wheel with paddle-shift
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder dashboard
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Porsche Boxster 987 Spyder power and torque curve
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Article © James Herne / Stuttcars.com


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