Rejoice, fans of the old flat-six powered Boxsters and Caymans! News is floating around of a more powerful 718 Boxster Spyder and Autocar received word that the drop-top will be featuring a naturally aspirated, flat six engine derived from the 911 GT3.
Yes, the same 911 GT3 that cranks out 493 hp and 338 lb-ft of torque. Of course we’re not expecting to see those numbers in the Spyder as Porsche is most likely going to have it de-tuned so that it won’t compete with its more expensive sibling. Perhaps an output of around 425-450 hp is within reason.
“Natural aspiration is one of our main USPs,” Andreas Preuninger, head of GT car development at Porsche told Autocar. “At Motorsport, we think we can achieve throttle response and immediacy a little bit better with an atmospheric high-revving engine than any kind of turbo.”
Though the flat-six Boxster Spyder’s specs remain hidden, we do know that the engine will be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard with and optional dual-clutch, seven-speed PDK for the more track performance oriented customer.
On top of the new engine, the Spyder will be ditching a few creature comforts in order to reduce its overall weight. So say goodbye to air conditioning, cabin insulation, and the Boxster’s electric folding soft top. Owner’s will just have to take off and install the fabric top manually.