Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder To Provide Speedster Looks On A Budget [Updated]

Ever since Porsche’s mid-engined sports cars switched to turbocharged flat-four engines, fans have been waiting to see what will happen to their planned special editions. It appears that the wait time is almost over.

The upcoming 718 Boxster Spyder promises to provide Speedster-like thrills for significantly less money. While we’ve seen the car a handful of times in the past, the latest spy photos show a virtually undisguised prototype with a red fabric soft top doing some laps at the Nurburgring.

Starting up front, the model has been equipped with a sporty bumper that appears to carryover from the 718 Boxster GTS. Moving further back, we can see lightweight alloy wheels and a high-performance braking system with red calipers.

Of course, the biggest changes occur at the rear as the 718 Boxster Spyder has been equipped with a unique rear lid that features a double bubble design. The two humps are connected by a floating third brake light and this helps to give the model a little extra pizzazz.

The styling changes don’t stop there as designers installed a modified rear bumper and a huge diffuser which looks slightly out of place on such a small roadster. Other changes include a new dual exhaust system and a unique soft top with a sportier appearance.

While the rest of 718 lineup has turbocharged engines, previous reports have suggested the Boxster Spyder will use the same 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine that resides in the 911 GT3. The engine develops 500 hp (372 kW) in the latter model but it will be detuned for use in the 718 for obvious marketing reasons.

The final output remains a mystery but the previous Boxster Spyder had a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine producing 375 hp (279 kW). Given that the 718 Boxster GTS has 365 hp (272 kW), it’s likely that the new model will have at least 400 hp (298 kW) and some reports have claimed the car could have as much as 430 hp (320 kW). And yes, it will have a manual gearbox.

Regardless of the final numbers, the Boxster Spyder is expected to be significantly lighter than the 718 Boxster. Like its predecessor, the car is slated to have lightweight sport seats and a minimum of equipment as both the air conditioning system and audio system should be optional.

The Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder could debut later this year but nothing is official as of yet. The German car maker has been testing the Boxster Spyder and its sibling, the Cayman GT4 for quite some time now, so we must be close to the big reveal.

Article updated with new spy photos and additional reporting

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Photo credits: CarPix and S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

    Where the F(*&)(*&)(*&)K is the VIDEO ???? What did it SOUND like? Photos are *&^%*(& useless !!!

    • Ruel Lewis

      Exactly, we already seen a million pictures and I don’t want to know what they thought it sounded like, I want to hear it for myself.

  • I love the bonnet design, but like many special edition, it’s sold out before you even put deposit.

    • LWOAP

      It’s sold out before you even know it’s getting made.

      • SteersUright

        Are you guys serious? I thought it was reported that Porsche said they will make as many of these and the Cayman GT4 as the market demands, unlike previous limited edition runs. That should mean plenty to go around for those with the cash I’d think.

        • The problem was that they still have production quotas, and some dealers have more stock or less and they tend to be picky on who should get one, sometimes even other division of Porsche get in the way.

          One of my friends want to put deposit on GT4 but apparently preference was given for customer who had uses Porsche Financial services beforehand (in UK) and he ended up getting used 911 GT3. Mind you he is a favorable customer in that dealer.

        • Auf Wiedersehen

          They aren’t “Limited” but they are limited. No matter how you take what Porsche says, these are NOT made in big numbers like the Cayman/Boxster production runs and never will be. And the Cayman/Boxster runs per year are very small as it is. On average 5000-6000 cars combined across both models, including special editions like the Spyder /GT4, worldwide.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’m sure Porsche will go easy on the price premium, too.

  • SteersUright

    Going to be a truly epic roadster. I just hope this time it isnt detuned or compromised when compared with the Cayman version and is just as hardcore.

    • Yeah, I hope it can provide the same thrill as GT4.

      • SteersUright

        Speaking of a legend in the making! I just read that the expected MSRP for the GT4 will be about $100k. For a car with the 911 GT3’s engine, suspension, etc., in a lighter mid-engine chassis…If I could take out 14 mortgages right now and secure one the new GT4’s to hang on to forever and give to my grandkids I would. A true bargain for a GT-level Porsche, as this Boxster Spyder may very well prove to be as well.

  • nastinupe

    400 hp would be nice… but for $100,000, wow that’s a lot of money.

  • exeptor

    Call me whatever you want but for me this car (I mean Boxster family) became a better ambassador of Porsche spirit. At least for its size – modern 911 are so big and wide.

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