Due for its public intro next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche
has released the first photos and facts on the newest and lightest member of its mid-engined Boxster family. Tipping the scales at just 2,811 pounds, 176 less than an "S" model, the new Spyder will go on sale here starting next February. While sharing all of its basic engineering with the Boxster/Boxster S, the Spyder does boast unique bodywork aft of the cockpit that includes a single-piece decklid with a pair of contoured "humps" similar to those on the Carrera GT and a low-slung, minimalist soft top that extends farther rearward when raised than the normal Boxster lid. The Spyder's mass-minimizing component mix also includes lightweight aluminum door skins and inner panels culled from a 911 GT3 RS and no radio or air conditioning -- although both will be optional. To take full advantage of its lower curb weight, the Spyder's 3.4-liter flat-six engine is tuned to make 320 horsepower, 10 more than it does in the Boxster S. Rounding out the package is a more aggressively tuned sport suspension that lowers its ride height by 20 millimeters and drops the center of gravity, a standard limited-slip differential and unique alloy wheels. Pricing for the 2011 Boxster Spyder will start at $62,150.