FIT FOR A STAR: Five-times tennis champion Maria Sharapova takes a spin in the 2015 Porsche Boxster Spyder. Image: Newspress
LONDON, England - Tennis star Maria Sharapova paid a visit to Porsche Centre Mayfair on June 25, ahead of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party, for a ride in Porsche's mid-engined two-seat Boxster Spyder.
The new Porsche Boxster Spyder is already available to order in South Africa since the car made its world debut in April, but first deliveries will take place in August 2015.
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The Spyder made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show and is claimed to be the lightest and most powerful Boxster yet.
Sharapova, a Porsche Global Ambassador, was keen to see the new car in action.
IMAGE GALLERY: Maria Sharapova in 2015 Porsche Boxster Spyder
The Boxster Spyder has a classic fabric roof, opened and closed by hand, and is only available in manual guise, says Porsche. It has a 20mm lower ride height, powerful brakes taken from the 911 Carrera, and a 3.8 litre 280kW engine, enabling a 100km/h sprint in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 290km/h.
Porsche said: "Tipping the scales at 1315kg, the lithe, powerful roadster can be driven precisely and with great agility; the perfect accompaniment to the 1.88m tall Sharapova."
Sharapova, a five-times Grand Slam Champion, said: “This is huge fun - truly thrilling. I love that this new Boxster Spyder is like a classic sports car, but at the same time feels so modern and sophisticated. It’s a fantastic car and I need to get one!”
The distinctive design of the new Boxster Spyder celebrates the sports car heritage of Porsche, says the automaker, with visual elements that recall the legendary sports and race cars of the Stuttgart marque.
As a tribute to the 718 Spyder race car from the 1960s, the new model has two prominent streamlined ‘tear drops’ that extend along the rear lid behind the head restraints, claims Porsche. The lightweight roof brings to mind roadsters from the past, and the fins that stretch to the rear lend the car its characteristic silhouette.