While Porsche had plenty of new vehicles and features to show off at the NY International Auto Show their biggest debut was the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder. The updated model comes with a lot of changes and quite a few improvements. It’s designed to deliver that pure sports car experience without any of the distractions, and you can see Porsche worked hard to obtain that.

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The Pure Image

Porsche went all out designing a very pure sports car when they built the 2016 Boxster Spyder. The car doesn’t come with a radio or an AC unit to save on weight and to give a more utilitarian look. You can add both of these back in as a free option if you like, but without them you’ll enjoy improved driving mechanics. The steering wheel was reduced to 360mm from 370mm for a more agile and direct feel. The car comes with a six speed manual transmission as the only option. The car is also more lightweight and powerful than before. All these slight changes and improvements take advantage of the mid-mounted engine to really bring out those excellent driving mechanics.

More Power with Less Weight

The 2016 Boxster Spyder has more power and less weight than any of the Boxster models to date. I comes with 375 HP and actually weighs less than the GT4 does. It races from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.3 seconds and manages a top speed of 180MPH, a top speed that isn’t limited with the top up I might add.

To add to the performance of the vehicle, it also has a lower ride height by 20mm to cut down on body roll a bit more, and it has a stiffer more beefy suspension system for better ride characteristics. The car also comes with more effective brakes taken from the 911 Carrera S to help it handle the improved power.

A New Look

Not only is the Boxster changed underneath, but it has some new styling cues as well. The car comes with a set of streamliners behind the headrests as a stylish homage to the 718 Spyder from the 60’s. It has an enlarged grille and unique front and rear fascia as well as a unique wheel set.

More Practical

The new Spyder comes with a single-piece top rather than a two-piece unit that’s more solid and provides a greater level of protection. It means that you can now bring the car through a car wash without worry, and that you can drive without a limited speed with the top up. The top now goes up manually and the only electric portion of the transition is the hook at the end. The Spyder has a set of tinted lights at the rear and a dual-chrome-tipped sports exhaust system.

It’s set for release in October and has an MSRP of $82,100 excluding the $995 delivery fee. If you’ve been hoping for a more powerful Boxster convertible the new model offers a lot to love. It maintains the sporty purity that the Spyder line is supposed to represent, and should offer some of the best roadster driving mechanics out there.