Porsche is to unveil its new mid-priced Boxster at the LA Auto Show next month and the marque believes it will be the most definitive version yet.
The new Boxster Spyder, at 1,275kg the lightest model in the Porsche line-up, follows a familiar policy from Stuttgart of creating the most successful road-going sports cars based on leading-edge race cars, dating from the legendary 550 Spyder of the 1950s to the RS Spyder Le Mans Prototype race car so successful in motorsport today.
The new model becomes the third version in the Boxster range, joining the Boxster and Boxster S, yet stands out clearly at first sight from the other versions of the mid-engined roadster, quite simply because the Spyder has been developed first and foremost for driving in the open air.
The low-slung, lightweight soft top extends far to the rear and serves to protect the driver and passenger from the elements. When closed, the soft top, together with the bespoke extra-low side windows and the two unique, striking bulges on the single-piece rear lid, boasts a stretched and sleek silhouette reminiscent of the Carrera GT.
Market introduction of the new Porsche Boxster Spyder will start worldwide in February 2010, and will be priced from £44,643 in the UK.