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Lightweight Porsche Boxster unveiled


A lightweight version of the Porsche Boxster has been revealed, and named the Spyder

The Porsche Spyder is scheduled to make its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December.

Harking back to the iconic 550 Spyder of the 1950s, the new model replaces the standard Boxster's retractable soft-top and its associated mechanics with a lightweight rag top that hooks up onto the windshield and the rear end of the car.

The Spyder also gets a new 'double bubble' rear deck, re-trimmed front bumper and side air-vents, new alloy wheel design and larger fixed rear spoiler.

Further measures to shed weight include removing the regular Boxster's daytime running lights and fog lamps, and inside the air conditioning and audio system (though they are available optionally). The cabin also gets a pair of race-like door pulls and lightweight carbon-fibre seats.

Together, this has meant a saving of 80kg off the Boxster S, with the Spyder model weighing in at 1275kg.

The new model gets a tuned version of Porsche's 3.4-litre flat six boxer engine with direct fuel injection that produces 320hp, 10 more than in the Boxster S.

Equipped with the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) twin-clutch transmission and the Sports Chrono Package, the Spyder can reportedly go from 0 to 100kmh in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 267kmh with the roof removed.

The Boxster Spyder is scheduled for a worldwide launch in February 2010.

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