Host Jessi Lang loved the 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder with its retro-style manual soft top, six-speed manual, and standard limited slip differential. After watching her video review, few will be able to disagree with her.
For 2011, the ’11 Spyder boasts the title of lightest vehicle in the Porsche fleet with a 176 pound drop, thanks in part to the use of aluminum, the Spyder-specific 19″ wheels, and a 2.6 gallon reduction in gas tank. Tapping into the Porsche racing heritage (in a variety of ways), the suspension has also been lowered by 8/10s of an inch for an even firmer ride where the driver can feel the texture of the road.
The Boxster Spyder is powered by a 3.4-liter flat six cylinder engine that produces 320 horsepower at 7,200 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm, a 10 horsepower increase from the Boxster S. The engine is paired to a six-speed manual or a seven speed dual clutch automated manual transmission with paddle shifters. Fuel economy in the Porsche Spyder is surprisingly good, with 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
In addition to its distinct design style and performance prowess, the Boxster Spyder has a price tag that Porsche enthusiasts can easily stomach . The base price starts at $61,200 and as tested topped out at $67,800.
Discuss the Spyder in our Porsche Boxster Forum.