Spied: Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder gets the Nurburgring shakedown

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Stylish Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder laps the Green Hell

It's safe to say that the name Spyder has been ingrained in Porsche's DNA for over half a century now.

The German automaker is just about ready to reveal the new Spyder as our spies were able to snap photos of this special Boxster going for a shakedown run around the challenging Nurburgring Nordschleife.

Sticking to tradition, the 718 Boxster Spyder features the signature buttresses that serve as the car's engine cover; a look that harks back to the original 550 Spyder from the 1950's. With the unique sheetmetal, it loses the power-operated top; future owners must clip on the soft top manually.

As for the rest of the car, it seems that Porsche didn't bother covering the body up. Up front is a reshaped bumper with different corner air intakes and a lower front apron; presumably for better aerodynamics. It also looks like the brakes are carbon ceramic units, judging from the brake calipers. At the back there's a pop-up spoiler just like on the standard 718 Boxster. There is also a more aggressive integrated diffuser under the bumper; surprisingly the diffuser has camouflage on it. 

The last time the car was spied, we got a look at its interior. It is largely carried over from the standard 718 Boxster although there is more Alcantara upholstery. Despite the more performance nature of the car, it still comes equipped with weight "penalties" like an infotainment system, automatic climate control, fixed carbon fiber seats and the Sports Chrono pack.

It has been reported that the Spyder version will be the only 718 Boxster to come with a flat-six engine. Our spies say that it will likely be powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter engine derived from the 911 GT3 RS. While it won't be getting the full 500 PS from its big brother, a figure of over 400 PS is to be expected. Lastly, the 718 Boxster Spyder will reportedly be available with only a seven-speed manual transmission.

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