NEW YORK -- Porsche executives expect the rush for the new Boxster Spyder, unveiled here today at the New York auto show, to be similar to what they’ve seen for other recently introduced special versions of existing nameplates.
The Boxster Spyder goes on sale in the U.S. in October but can be ordered at dealerships now.
Exact production and allocation numbers for the U.S. haven’t been determined, but the Spyder likely will make up 5 to 6 percent of the overall Boxster mix, said Detlev von Platen, CEO of Porsche Cars North America.
Von Platen said he anticipates a rush of hand-raisers asking to buy the car, similar to the response to the Cayman GT4 introduced in February. The 2015 production run for the Cayman GT4 is virtually sold out, he said.
The Boxster Spyder shares the same 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine used in the Cayman GT4, but it puts out 375 hp in the Boxster Spyder vs. 385 hp in the GT4.
It is available only with a manual transmission and a manually operated fabric convertible top, helping with weight savings. Neither radio nor air conditioning is included as standard equipment to reduce weight further, but both are no-cost options.
Porsche says the Spyder is the lightest model in the current Boxster line and the most powerful Boxster to date. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 180 mph, the company said.
The New York debut marked the return of the Spyder name to the Boxster lineup. Porsche introduced the previous-generation Boxster Spyder eight years ago.
The Boxster Spyder’s sticker price will be $83,095, including shipping.