Earlier in the day, we overheard murmurings that Porsche would be making a big announcement just ahead of the 2015 New York International Auto Show, in the form of a meaningful and historic nameplate that was to be resurrected. Naturally, our minds raced with thoughts of a rebirth of the magical, front-engined Porsche 928, or a surprise turn wherein it was revealed that the 718 roadster had been secretly in-development this whole time.
We were wrong. Yet in this case, we aren’t particularly upset about it, because the German automaker is giving us this: the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder.
The new Porsche Boxster Spyder revives a nameplate last seen in 2010, and retains the same mission statement: offering drivers the lightest, most no-frills, holistic iteration of Stuttgart’s most notable mid-engined sportscar. The convertible top is made of cloth, and actuated mostly by hand. Behind each seat is a contoured bulge which traces back over the rear decklid like the Porsche Spyders of old. And while Porsche hasn’t yet made available any information regarding body materials, we’re guessing that carbon fiber and aluminum are used in abundance.
Of course, like past iterations of the purist Porsche Boxster Spyder, air-conditioning and audio systems are left out of the car as standard. However, they are available as options. This 2016 model also gets the bigger 3.8-liter flat-6 engine, making an impressive 375 horsepower and allowing for a 4.5-second sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph). With a manual transmission.
If this 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder drives as good as it sounds from the specs, then the entire motor-loving world is in for a real treat.