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Porsche Boxster Spyder reborn for 2016

Published: 20 March 2015

► New Boxster Spyder for 2016
► Due to get 375bhp flat six
► CAR magazine exclusive scoop

Porsche is developing a follow-up to the popular Boxster Spyder, CAR magazine can reveal - and it'll be on sale next year.

The Porsche Boxster Spyder Mk2 is due in 2016, according to our sources in Stuttgart.

And it'll come back with a bang, thanks to a flat six tuned up to produce around 375bhp.

What else do we know about the 2016 Spyder?

Not a huge amount yet. These photos are obviously of the outgoing 2010 car, which is still revered by fans of the marque. It was shown at the 2009 Los Angeles auto show and took inspiration from the 550 Spyder of 1953, according to Porsche.

Although not wildly more powerful than regular Boxsters at 320bhp, it was honed, lightened (to 1275kg) and fettled to produce a great drive; combined with limited production and delightfully unique styling, it has gone on to become a modern classics, with prices firming up as a result.

Porsche has just released the Cayman GT4, but our insiders insist that the Spyder won't get all the chassis mods that make the coupe so special to drive.

The turbos are coming...

Why the sudden spurt of special editions? A cynic might suggest that the pure-bred 911 GT3 RS and Cayman GT4 at the recent Geneva motor show, and now the Boxster Spyder coming in 2016, are part of a plan to keep the faithful happy.

You see, Porsche turbocharged engines are coming later in 2015 - we're only a few short months away until we see the regular boxer flat six breathed on by forced induction.

We'd say the Frankfurt motor show in 2015 is going to ruffle some feathers...

By Georg Kacher

European editor, secrets uncoverer, futurist, first man behind any wheel