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The Ultimate Boxster For You, Sir?

BY Azfar Hashim

Porsche welcomes the new Boxster Spyder in Singapore – lovely exterior will make even the strongest of men weak in the knees

Last week, the new Boxster Spyder finally arrived in Singapore, unveiled at the Porsche Centre Singapore to an exclusive audience. Interestingly, the car that was displayed at the event was also the first Boxster Spyder in Singapore, kindly loaned by the owner.

According to Porsche, the Boxster Spyder is engineered to be a ‘radical return’ to the roots of the roadster. It is meant to be ‘purist, unfiltered and evocative’, to go back to a time when few choices were available. Whatever it is, us here at Burnpavement find it both stylish and svelte; at the same time, sophisticated too. Imagine showing up at exclusive events in this…

Porsche was serious when they want this model to really hark Porsche’s idea of minimalistic roadster: Radio and air-conditioning are not included as standard option, and the minimalistic fabric roof is partially manually operated just like the original version from 1953. All these ensured weight is cut rather significantly. At the same time, it also allowed the Boxster Spyder to be the most powerful Boxster ever made, needing only 4.5 seconds to go from standstill to 100 km/h. Maximum speed is rated at 290 km/h. These performance figures are as similar as the equally desirable Cayman GT4.

The Boxster Spyder gets a firm sports suspension that also lowers the car by a significant 20 mm over the ‘regular’ Boxster. Brakes came from the 911 Carrera, and a 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine produces 375 hp. Average fuel consumption is rated at 9.9 L/100 km.

Inside, both driver and passenger sit in lightweight sports bucket seats with large side supports, while the new steering wheel with a diameter 360 mm ensures this mid-engined roadster can be driven with more precision.

At press time, the indicated price of the Porsche Boxster Spyder stands at $382,588. Price excludes COE and insurance. Unfortunately, Porsche Centre Singapore only accepts payment in cash; body parts or children are not accepted.