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Old 04-13-2015, 03:55 PM   #1
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Porsche mulling more cowbell... Boxster GT4 and GT4 RS

Porsche Boxster Spyder GT4 planned | Autocar



"Porsche is considering building a GT4 version of the new Boxster Spyder.

Spurred by demand for the Cayman GT4 exceeding all its internal predictions, a senior source at the company said, “We are looking at it right now. Much of the engineering has already been done for the Cayman, so we think this might be a good direction for us.”

A GT4 Boxster Spyder would most likely adopt the hardware seen in its Cayman equivalent. The Spyder already shares that car’s 3.8-litre engine but lacks its GT3-derived fully adjustable front suspension and bespoke rear suspension. It would also gain full GT3-specification brakes in place of the 911 discs on the Spyder, plus the Cayman GT4’s aerodynamic package.

Porsche would need to watch its pricing because, at 60,459, the Spyder is already close to the 64,451 asked for the Cayman GT4, higher in its model hierarchy.

In the meantime, Grant Larson, the chief designer of the Boxster Spyder, has revealed more details on how the Spyder shed 30kg relative to the Boxster GTS, despite its bigger 3.8-litre engine.

Savings included 11kg by fitting sports seats, the same again from the car’s largely manual roof arrangement and 9kg from deleting air-con. In total, 55kg was saved, from which items including bigger brakes (12kg) and wheels (2kg) can be deducted.

Meanwhile, Porsche says the success of the GT4 makes an RS version more likely."






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I love the new Spyder, but it doesn't come with air conditioning?
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I love the new Spyder, but it doesn't come with air conditioning?
Basic A/C is a no-cost option. Twin-zone climate control does cost, however.
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So very glad that A/C is an option on an open car!
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So very glad that A/C is an option on an open car!
Do you not take ladies out during summer time? Just going to dinner or something, she is all dolled up and doesn't want her hair blown around. Yep A/C is a must for me, even in a convertible.
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More options, base, S, GTS, Spyder, GT4 is all good. It has to come with AC though. I live in Phoenix.
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With news of turbo-4's on the way in the newer models, these end of model life super variants might be the last of the best.
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With news of turbo-4's on the way in the newer models, these end of model life super variants might be the last of the best.
I was thinking about this as well but to be honest I think those new turbo fours are not going to be like your old school turbo's. They may not sound like the old stuff but I'm sure they are going to be plenty quick compared to the 6's, very MPG friendly without the lag of those old 911 Turbos. Walter Rohrl complained about the sound and at this point I think with what we saw them do with the PDK, they can manufacture a Turbo 4 to sound like a Ducati via computer. F1 is having this issue as well but they actually have the problem of having to limit the car to only the absolutely essential parts and weights all the way down to re-engineering the shape of the spark plugs. With a fancy Porsche for a wealthy buyer they have more wiggle room to create all the fake gurgle and howl you want.

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