400bhp Boxster ready to roar

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OUR spies have caught Porsche test­ing its new 718 Boxster Spy­der, ahead of the car’s re­lease next year. Set to be the most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion Boxster ever made, it will also be the only model to re­tain six­cylin­der power in the cur­rent line-up.

Tell-tale signs that this is no or­di­nary Boxster in­clude the pro­nounced but­tresses on the rear deck and uniquely-shaped can­vas roof. Also vis­i­ble be­hind the en­larged wheels are beefier brakes, while larger twin ex­hausts also fea­ture on this test mule (right). His­tor­i­cally, the Spy­der has al­ways been the most po­tent model in the Boxster line-up, and that will con­tinue to be the case.

The new ver­sion will ditch the flat-four turbo en­gine in favour of the nat­u­rallyaspi­rated 4.0-litre flat-six from the 911 GT3. It’ll be shared with the next Cay­man GT4, and will be de­tuned from the 911’s 493bhp to fit within Porsche’s model hi­er­ar­chy.

Given the last Boxster Spy­der’s 3.8-litre en­gine pro­duced 370bhp, ex­pect a fig­ure of around 400bhp for the new one. A stripped­back cabin will help shed weight, while a limited pro­duc­tion run en­sures ex­clu­siv­ity.

SIX AP­PEAL Spy­der will be only flat-six Boxster in range. Man­ual roof can only be re­moved at a stand­still

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