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Porsche unveils Boxster 'Light'

2009-11-06 07:09

Porsche is preparing to wow with its Boxster Spyder - a sports car with a deadly combination of low mass and plenty of power.

Mimicking the formula adopted for some of its most successful racing cars, this open-top speedster is the lightest model in the Porsche range, tipping the scales at a mere 1 275 kg.

A spiritual successor to the 550 Spyder built in 1953, this Spyder also embraces the mid-engine layout, low weight and agility required for the authentic roadster experience.

The third model in the Boxster range, the Spyder is fitted with a tuned version of Porsche's acclaimed 3.4-litre flat six boxer engine with direct fuel injection. With 236 kW on tap, this puppy produces 7 kW more than in the Boxster S, and should make for some neck-snapping performances.

As for the all-important sprint time, equipped with Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and the Sports Chrono Package plus Launch Control, this car sees 0 - 100 km/h coming up in 4.8 seconds.

The manufacturer also claims a top speed (with the roof removed) at 267 km/ and fuel consumption of 9.3 l/100 km/h.

The guys from Zuffenhausen will be showing off their new baby at the Los Angeles Motor Show in December. Global sales kick off from February 2010.


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