Porsche Could Offer Boxster Spyder GT4
When Stuttgart unveiled the new Cayman GT4, performance enthusiasts everywhere went bananas. The two-door sports car embraces a focused approach to driving purity, with a variety of components pulled from the 911 GT3 that make for a vehicle that’s highly capable both on back roads and the race track. Demand for the GT4 is much higher than Porsche expected, so the German automaker is rumored to be considering a GT4 version of the new Boxster Spyder.
“We are looking at it right now,” said an anonymous senior source at Porsche, as reported by the UK-based publication AutoCar. “Much of the engineering has already been done for the Cayman, so we think this might be a good direction for us.”
A new top-range Boxster may crowd Porsche’s catalog slightly, especially considering the minor price disparity between the Spyder and Cayman GT4. However, a roofless GT4 may entice buyers looking for higher speeds combined with unlimited headroom.
The same 3.8-liter flat-six engine shoehorned into the Cayman GT4 can currently be found in the Boxster Spyder. Upgraded equipment for a Boxster GT4 would probably include adjustable suspension components and brakes pilfered from the GT3 parts bin. The aerodynamics package would also most likely get an aggressive refresh.
Continue reading to learn more about the future possible Porsche Boxster Spyder GT4.
Why it matters
The Boxster Spyder is an absolute standard in the Porsche lineup, with much of the speed of the higher-up models, but without the six-figure price. And while a new GT4 version is sure to gain the approval of the fanboys, it might not be the best thing for sales of the Cayman GT4, even though people seem to be currently tripping over each other to get one in their driveways. Given the option between a convertible and hardtop, I think it’s safe to say most folks would opt for the Spyder, just so long as the performance specs remain somewhat similar.
A good strategy might be to let demand for the Cayman GT4 dwindle, and then unleash the Bosxter Spyder GT4 to once again stoke the flames. For now at least, we’ll have to wait and see if this rumor gets any traction.
Drawing inspiration from the 718 Spyder of the 1960s, the top-range Boxster Spyder was first seen in 2009 at the LA Auto Show. For 2016, Porsche added Cayman GT4 aero elements to the front and rear fascias. The rear end draws elements from its 1960s predecessor, while the droptop is manually operated to save weight.
Other weight savings come from the sports seats and an A/C delete. Speaking to AutoCar, chief designer Grant Larson said these changes add up to a 30-kg (66-pound) difference between the Spyder and Boxster GTS,.
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