2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
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2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder

Los Angeles, California – Porsche presented the world debut of the  2011 Boxster Spyder at the Los Angeles Auto Show, one of its most nimble and sportiest mid-engine cars ever.

The lightweight model delivers 320 horsepower and will join the Boxster and Boxster S when it goes on sale in February 2010.

The Spyder roadster is equipped with a lightweight manual soft top that is meant for rain protection only when needed. The top, when combined with extra-low side windows and bulges on the single-piece rear lid, provides the Spyder with a sleek, low-slung silhouette reminiscent of the Carrera GT.

“The new Boxster Spyder looks distinctly different from its Boxster siblings,” said Klaus Berning, board member for worldwide sales and marketing. “Our designers borrowed from the rich history of our mid-engine sports and race cars of the ’50s, but under the skin it has our most advanced technology so that its performance matches the Spyder’s looks, making it the quintessential purist Porsche.”

The Boxster Spyder uses a 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection that provides 320 horsepower, ten more than the Boxster S. It features an all-new and lower sport suspension, lower centre of gravity, standard limited-slip differential, exclusive wheels, and aluminum door skins and lightweight interior door panels from the 911 GT3 RS.

When equipped with Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission and the Sports Chrono Package, the Spyder is capable of zero to 96 km/h in 4.6 seconds, with a top track speed of 267 km/h with the top open.

Porsche also presented the first North American unveiling of its new 2010 911 Turbo, both in Coupe and Cabriolet versions. The 911 Turbo features the first entirely new engine in the car’s 35-year history: a new flat-six boxer engine that delivers 500 horsepower, providing zero to 96 km/h acceleration in 3.2 seconds, and with a top track speed of 312 km/h. The new models will go on sale in the U.S. in January for US$132,800 for the Coupe, and $143,800 for the Cabriolet.

Also premiering was the 911 GT3 RS, a new version that delivers more power, lower weight and shorter transmission ratios than all previous 911 GT3s, along with upgraded body and suspension components. The naturally-aspirated RS engine now displaces 3.8 litres and delivers 450 horsepower, but remains suitable for everyday use. It will go on sale in the U.S. in spring 2010 for $132,800.

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