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2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder: A beautiful arachnid (pictures)

Porsche's new Boxster Spyder is the purest version of the two seat roadster, with many weight saving strategies that some may find don't go far enough.

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Emme Hall

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The Boxster Spyder is at home on the curvy roads.

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Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the Boxster Spyder are the two streamliners, that extend from the roll bars into the back deck lid.

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The sultry lines of the Boxster Spyder come together for a tail light like no other.

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Pirelli P-Zero tires keep the Boxster Spyder glued to the road, even under aggressive cornering.

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The Boxster Spyder weighs 66 pounds less than the next in line GTS, thanks to air conditioning and radio delete, cloth door pulls and a re-engineered manual soft top.

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The Boxster Spyder shares it's front fascia with the Cayman GT4.

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The rear spoiler integrates into the tail lights for a distinctive and sexy rear fascia.

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Large cooling ducts dominate the side view of the Boxster Spyder.

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The manual soft top can be raised or lowered in six steps. It fits under the rear deck lid with no reduction in trunk space.

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Unlike previous generations of the Boxster Spyder, the newest model can be driven at its top speed of 180 mph with the top up.

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Two fins extend from the top to the rear quarter panel. They give the Boxster Spyder a unique look, but they do make raising or lowering the top more time consuming.

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The 2016 Boxster Spyder is only offered with a six-speed manual transmission.

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Sport mode makes for a more lively chassis and a quicker throttle response, while Sport Plus adds rev-matching downshifts and a throatier exhaust.

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Although the Boxster Spyder comes standard with no air conditioning or radio, Porsche will add them both at no extra cost.

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