We’re barely past the first quarter and 2015 already seems to be the year of Porsche, at least when it comes to the introduction of new models. With the 2015 Geneva Motor Show bringing us the mighty 911 GT3 RS and the analog Cayman GT4, Porsche has now confirmed that a new Boxster Spyder is also on the way later this year. The confirmation doesn’t exactly come as a surprise though, since preproduction prototypes of the model have been caught by spy cameras for months.

Set to pack a flat-six engine that may be close in horsepower to the Cayman GT4’s 385, the 2016 Boxster Spyder should be yet another delight for old-school enthusiasts, especially since it is also expected that the only transmission available will be a six-speed manual. The model’s name isn’t confirmed though, as Porsche may choose to call it the RS Spyder as a tribute to some of its past no-nonsense sports cars.

Sporting a soft top that harks back to the roadsters of old, the upcoming Spyder will have a minimalist interior and as few creature comforts as possible, with the main focus being put on razor-sharp handling and a more pronounced driver involvement. Porsche may even go as far as leaving aside essential features like an audio or infotainment system for the standard version. There is no official ETA for the car, but a 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show unveiling is not out of the question.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Boxster Spyder.

Why it matters

The first Boxster Spyder was unveiled in 2009. Stripped of a conventional soft-top mechanism, infotainment system, traditional door handles and air conditioning, and using aluminum doors and alloy wheels, the car weighed 176 pounds less than a Boxster S from the same period. With a firmer and lower suspension, and with the more-powerful flat-six engine from the Cayman S, the original Boxster Spyder drove like a dream.

A similar take on the idea is expected from the 2016 Spyder. Porsche may use a slightly detuned version of the Cayman GT4 engine instead of the Cayman S engine, but nothing has been confirmed. Either way, you can expect it to once again become the lightest Porsche in the lineup – kind of like a modern version of the 550 Spyder.

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Press Release

The Volkswagen Group made a promising start to 2015. In the first two months, 1.5 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles as well as trucks and busses were delivered worldwide. This corresponds to a year-on-year increase of 1.6 percent. "We expect deliveries to increase moderately in full-year 2015 despite the persistently challenging market environment", said CEO Winterkorn, referring to the forthcoming product initiative.

This year, the Volkswagen Group brands will be launching 50 new models, successors and upgrades. These include key models such as the new Touran, the Audi Q7 and Audi A4, the Porsche 911 and Porsche Boxster Spyder, the ŠKODA Superb and the SEAT Ibiza, as well as the new Caddy and the new T6 from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

The difficult market environment, fierce competition, interest rate and exchange rate volatility, and fluctuations in raw materials prices all pose challenges. A positive effect is anticipated from the efficiency programs implemented by all brands and, increasingly, from the modular toolkits.

Depending on economic conditions, Volkswagen expects 2015 sales revenue for the Group and its business areas to increase by up to 4 percent above the prior-year figure. However, economic trends in Latin America and Eastern Europe will need to be continuously monitored in the Commercial Vehicles/Power Engineering Business Area.

In terms of the Group’s operating profit, Volkswagen anticipates an operating return on sales of between 5.5 percent and 6.5 percent in 2015 in light of the challenging economic environment. The operating return on sales is expected to be in the 6.0 percent and 7.0 percent range in the Passenger Cars Business Area and between 2.0 percent and 4.0 percent in the Commercial Vehicles/Power Engineering Business Area. For the Financial Services Division, the Group is forecasting an operating profit at the prior-year level.

"We are being deliberately rather more cautious – despite excellent figures we always have a good grip on reality", said Winterkorn, and added: "You know us well enough: we’re never satisfied with just doing the minimum. Our stated goal for fiscal year 2015 is to achieve further growth both in terms of volumes and in our sales revenue and operating profit." Disciplined cost and investment management and the continuous optimization of processes remain integral elements of the Volkswagen Group’s Strategy 2018.

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