Porsche has always been reticent to tread on the performance stats of its legendary (and more expensive) 911 with the Boxster and Cayman, but it happens here and there. Take today's launch of the Boxster Spyder, for instance: it's a stripped-down, juiced-up version of the popular little ragtop that focuses on lightness to keep the car quick. Indeed, it has both more horsepower and a better 0-60 time than a base Carrera.

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The new Boxster Spyder is a radical return to the origins of the Roadster: two seats, high performance, no room for any distractions. It’s openly direct, unadulterated and unconditional.

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Unfiltered. Which means that you could barely get a sheet of paper between you and the world. That every detail of the exterior brings you closer to the true driving experience.

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Every pound that we’ve taken out of the Boxster, has an effect on performance. The ascending center console means only a short distance from the small sport steering wheel.

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The new Boxster Spyder just can’t hold back. Its six-cylinder boxer engine, with 3.8-liter displacement, VarioCam Plus and integrated dry-sump lubrication, produces 375 hp at 6,700 rpm.

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Power is transmitted to the wheels by the precise six-gear manual transmission which has been optimally designed for the high power.