EVO Reviews the Porsche Boxster Spyder: Video
The 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder is the fastest Boxster to date by some margin. Its 3.8-liter flat-six produces 375 horsepower and is the same engine found in both the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 and 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. It’s also the first Boxster to be faster than a base model 911 Carrera, so our pals at Evo Magazine decided to drive one on some spectacular roads in Northern Italy to see what the new, range-topping Boxster is all about. They were also nice enough to document the entire thing on video.
First, a roof demonstration. Unlike the standard Boxster, which has an auto-folding soft top, the Spyder has a much more rudimentary top that needs to be manually fitted and removed from outside the car. It’s stored under the rear deck, which includes two speedster humps, and saves a bit of weight over the standard Boxster’s auto roof. But, you don’t buy a Boxster Spyder because of its roof, you buy it for open-top driving awesomeness. The lack of roof makes the 3.8-liter that extra bit more vocal from within the cabin — a trait put on display here when Henry Catchpole drives it through a tunnel — and provides a panoramic view of gorgeous environs like Northern Italy.
The Spyder is sort of the roofless equivalent of the Cayman GT4, but unlike the GT4, it wasn’t honed by Porsche’s ‘GT’ division. It doesn’t have the same front axle assembly and is a bit down on power to the 385-horsepower GT4, but it does retain an honest-to-God six-speed manual transmission and typically excellent Boxster dynamics.
Check out the video and then read our full review of the Boxster Spyder.