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Are Spyders Becoming Extinct At OPCs!


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On this beautiful last of the summer (wine) weekends I was surprised to see how few OPC's have any Spyders left in their webs (5!)

Are they becoming extinct so soon [:D]


You beat me to it [:D] Get your Spyders while you can. Now there's only 4 at OPC's. ~10 including other sources. Mr Kellock. I know what you're thinking but you're better off waiting 'til they're nearly all gone rather than competing [;)]
I saw a brand new Alpina D5 last week which I didn't know even existed. Spyder performance with 55mpg but presumably not at the same time. Lovely looking thing. Bit of a light bulb moment, the perfect one car solution... 4 left for sale you say? ££££££ Then I had a quick blast in the Spyder and everything was ok again :) Picked up a rosette at Chateau Impney, thoroughly undeserved, mine is in the reflection!
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Spydermen daro911 Spyder number 1 Transmission: manual Seats: Sport Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
daro911 Spyder number 2 Transmission: PDK Seats: Sport Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
flat6 Transmission: manual Seats: Sport Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
rob.kellock Transmission: manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
jdpef356 Transmission: manual Seats: Sport Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
Kitchens Transmission: manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
VvrooomM Transmission: PDK Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
homerdog Transmission: PDK Seats: Sport Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
Andrew Killington Transmission: manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Carrera S II
MrDemon Transmission: manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: PCCB Wheels: Spyder
GeeForce Transmission: manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
Fire_2 Transmission: PDK Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
Spyderwhite Transmission: manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
White Spyder Transmission: manual Seats: ??? Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
billy1 Transmission: PDK Seats: ??? Brakes: ??? Wheels: ???
kenneth ritchie Transmission: PDK Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Carrera Sport
Siy Transmission: PDK Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
Stuartelec Transmission: Manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
Big E Transmission: PDK Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
bluey green Transmission: PDK Seats: ??? Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
DarrellWilson Transmission: manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: PCCB Wheels: Spyder
Steve Brown Transmission: Manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
MillerIanF Transmission: Manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Turbo II
Rocketman Transmission: Manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
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zyp Transmission: manual Seats: Sport Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
tyinsky Transmission: manual Seats: Sport Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
Mepal47 Transmission: Manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
ted walker Transmission: Manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
Mayhem911 Spyder number 1 Transmission: PDK Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Turbo II
Mayhem911 Spyder number 2 Transmission: PDK Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
Matt_Hole Transmission: manual Seats: Sport Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
Spydermen in waiting[:)] dyllan Transmission: PDK
philnotts99 Transmission: manual
clubsport (as a broker to a friend)[:)] Transmission: PDK
clubsport (as a broker to a friend for a second time!)[;)] Transmission: manual
yod Transmission: manual
R-men[;)] Andy Fagan Transmission: manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Upgraded to EBC pads, Giro Disc brake shields, GT2/Cup brake ducts and ??? brake fluid. Wheels: Spyder
MrDemon Transmission: manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
CLIFFWILKINS Transmission: manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
Sandy59 Transmission: PDK Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Turbo11
Tim R Transmission: manual Seats: Bucket Brakes: Standard Wheels: Spyder
[:(]Looks like Porsche Approved used no longer list the Spyder as a derivative ..... now that is upsetting
ORIGINAL: ganley [:(]Looks like Porsche Approved used no longer list the Spyder as a derivative ..... now that is upsetting
Small I.T. hiccup now fixed and showing last 4 cars currently available from an OPC [;)] [link=][/link]
this GR one at 911V did look a bargain at around £30k. Didnt last long
ORIGINAL: andrew_churcher this GR one at 911V did look a bargain at around £30k. Didnt last long
Although the mileage was abnormally high for a Spyder.
I'm guessing that a few more of 2nd and 3rd owners will hold onto their Spyders for longer. Then the stock really will dry up. When I was looking for mine from last November through to Feb, many of the cars were nearly all nearly new ex demo or owned by Porsche Cars GB in some other way, with <100 to ~3000 miles. I agree daro911 with what you've said in the past that PBGB probably brought in too many, given that it's not a car that many Boxster fans are up for (man enough?[:D]) living with. Had they not done that we might've got here even sooner. Still, we're close to being able to say we've got one of the rarest modern Porsche. Also one of their best kept secrets in terms of how good a driver's car it is (Those who've owned both say it gives a very similar experience to GT3. But we know that costs so much more to buy and run.) So to me it's so good that the roof doesn't matter. I actually think the roof adds to the aesthetics and pushes the design and engineering envelope of the 987[:)] In that regard, for me, the Cayman R was a compromise I was not prepared to make. Each to their own.
Apart from the obvious hood and body design what made the Spyder different from the 'normal' Boxster of 2010/11?[&:] Perhaps you guys can point me in the right direction.[8|]
ORIGINAL: jdpef356 Apart from the obvious hood and body design what made the Spyder different from the 'normal' Boxster of 2010/11?[&:] Perhaps you guys can point me in the right direction.[8|]
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Hi John The short answer is that the Spyder has a number of changes that reduce weight and lower the centre of centre of gravity. A couple of examples include the aluminium door skins from the GT3 and using a light weight roof of carbon fibre and single layer fabric. Losing the roof motors etc loses a considerable amount of weight high up in the car. Combined with the sports suspension (non-PASM, only available on the Spyder and Cayman R), LSD etc, all this makes for improved agility. I notice a big difference in handling, direction changes exactly follow your input, compared to other cars I've driven. Yet the car isn't overly crashy because the reduced weight (80kg, until you add back in a few creature comforts, but a significant weight saving remains) means they have not had to stiffen the car up unbearably (tyre pressures could also be reduced). Spyder wheels are wider at the rear so I suppose all the above increases grip levels too, contributing to the improved handling.
Thanks for the replies so far Daro and Cecil I currently run a 2004 550 Spyder and to see the difference in the 2004 standard Boxster S and the Spyder I found info such as:- Just wondered if you guys had similar info on the latest Spyder?
Sorry guys the link above not longer works but this is a copy of the press release - its this sort of detail Im looking for:- PCGB reading press release for Boxster Anniversay. Boxster S Anniversary Edition Porsche celebrates the 50th anniversary of its legendary sports roadster by launching its Spyder special edition Porsche is celebrating the 50th birthday of the 550 Spyder by launching a powerful Boxster S special edition - limited to 1,953 units - and bearing the name “Boxster S Anniversary Edition”. It is to be premiered in Detroit, USA in January 2004, and it is expected to reach the UK in March 2004. The “Boxster S Anniversary Edition” will be priced at £41,700 including VAT in the UK. The Porsche Boxster is a direct descendent of the legendary 550 Spyder dating from 1953: common to both are the mid-engined roadster concept, low weight, outstanding agility, timelessly elegant body lines and a high level of driving pleasure. Now as then, every part of the car is dedicated to the demands of the enthusiastic driver resulting in the Porsche Boxster already having become a modern classic. Porsche engineers have worked to enhance the roadster driving experience still further and have given the special “Boxster S Anniversary Edition” a series of sought-after equipment details and technical features that have not been available for the Boxster so far. The output of the Boxster S’s 3.2-litre flat-six engine goes up by 6 bhp to 266 bhp (196 kW) at 6,200 rpm. The special edition has a top speed of 266 km/h (standard Boxster S: 264 km/h) and sprints from zero to 100 km/h in a mere 5.7 seconds (Tiptronic S: 6.4 seconds). Its maximum torque of 310 Nm is available at 4,600 rpm. The exhaust system, which has a specially styled, stainless-steel tailpipe, delivers the typical Porsche sound. Porsche technicians have reduced the 6-speed gearbox's shift travel by 15 percent, a noticeable benefit that contributes to even greater driving pleasure whenever the car is accelerated. Tiptronic S, permitting driver selection of the chosen gear using toggle switches on the steering wheel, is an optional extra. The car’s true roadster character is emphasised by lowering the body by 10 millimetres and by sports suspension settings. This sports suspension improves the car’s roadholding still further and permits higher lateral acceleration values. Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is installed as a standard to ensure optimum safety in all driving situations. The brakes are another important safety feature. The cross-drilled brake discs have a diameter of 318 millimetres at the front and 299 millimetres at the rear. Exclusively for this special edition, the four-piston monobloc aluminum brake calipers have an aluminum paint finish. They are readily visible behind the larger 18-inch Carrera wheels (the standard model has 17-inch wheels). The spokes are painted in Seal Grey and provide additional visual emphasis. A coloured Porsche crest adorns each wheel hub cover. Five-millimeter wide spacers on all four wheels give the special “Boxster S Anniversary Edition” an even more powerful appearance and firmer road stance. Another feature that sets this model apart from the standard Boxster S are the grills finished in body colour above the openings in the rear struts, which recall the closed rear view of the 550. The Boxster S lettering at the rear is polished chrome plate. The colour of the padded front of the roll-over bars matches the interior. An on-board computer, Litronic headlamps with dynamic beam angle adjustment and a cleaning system are also standard. Most of the original 550 Spyders were painted in silver. The special edition has therefore been finished in gleaming GT Silver metallic, a colour so far reserved for the Carrera GT and the “40 Years of the 911” model. The soft top is in Cocoa, a dark brown colour used by Porsche for the first time on this special edition. The same two colours dominate the car’s interior, with matching carpet and floor mats with the Porsche inscription. Dark grey natural leather is available as an alternative; in this case the carpets and the hood are in black. In both interior colours, the leather finish on the centre panels of the heated sport seats, the handbrake lever, the gear lever gaiter, the inside door handles and the padded sport steering wheel provide exclusive visual cues and tactile features that give the interior a special character. The seat back shells, the rear section of the centre console, the handbrake lever, the grooved bar on the dashboard, the switch panel and the back of the roll-over bars are all finished in GT Silver, achieving a striking contrast. The black instrument dials are framed by chrome rings. The ball-shaped gear-lever knob is made of aluminum trimmed with Cocoa leather. The (optional) Tiptronic S gear shift cover is highly polished as is the Boxster S lettering that stands out against the black door sills. This Boxster S special edition bears a limited-edition plate on the centre console indicating each car's individual production number. Automatic air conditioning, the Porsche CDR-23 radio with audio package and wind-deflectors are all standard and complete the package. Notes: Porsche presented the 550 Spyder to the public for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in October 1953. This fabulous two-seater was the first sports car from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen developed especially for motorsport. Weighing just 550 kilos or 1213 lb, the lightweight Spyder was destined to score numerous wins on racing circuits the world over and in road races so popular at the time. A particular highlight enthusiasts still remember to this very day is the 1954 Carrera Panamericana, Hans Herrmann finishing third overall behind two much bigger and more powerful sports cars, thus bringing home victory in his class in this fifth and last edition of the toughest road race in the world. This outstanding success was to be followed by a long list of further victories and successful entries in motorsport by both the works team and a number of private customer teams. Incidentally, the type designation of the car was not derived from its weight as is sometimes assumed; it was, in fact, the 550th Porsche design project. Report from 21/11/2003 21/11/2003
2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder: Light, Powerful, Purist Roadster to be Introduced at Los Angeles Auto Show
[link=]Click here to download high-res photos of the 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder[/link] [FONT=verdana,geneva"] Porsche's newest entry will be the lightest in its line-up ATLANTA – November 5, 2009 – Weighing in at just 2,811 lbs., the new 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder will be the lightest Porsche available – from a company known for lightweight, proficient sports cars. This new mid-engined roadster represents the true, purist form of the sports car – agile, powerful, open and efficient. This third Boxster model will join the Boxster and Boxster S and will make its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, December 2, 2009. The newest member of the Boxster family stands out from the other versions of Porsche’s mid-engined roadster. Its low-slung, lightweight soft top – when closed – extends far to the rear to protect the driver and passenger from bright sunshine, wind and weather. This top, when combined with extra-low side windows and two striking bulges on the single-piece rear lid, provides the Boxster Spyder with a sleek silhouette reminiscent of the Carrera GT.
The Boxster Spyder features a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine with Direct Fuel Injection upfront of the rear axle. Maximum output is 320 horsepower (hp), 10 hp more than the Boxster S. The combination of 10 more hp and 176 pounds less weight than the award-winning Boxster S, plus an all-new sport suspension that lowers the Boxster Spyder 20 mm, a lower center of gravity, a standard limited slip differential, and exclusive wheels provides the kind of driving dynamics that back up the unique look. Aluminum door skins and lightweight interior door panels from the 911 GT3 RS contribute to the weight reduction. When equipped with Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission and the Sports Chrono Package, the new Spyder, using Launch Control, accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Top track speed is 166 mph – with the roof open. Fundamentally, the entire Boxster family is the successor to the legendary 550 Spyder and RS 60 of the Fifties and Sixties, all sharing the same mid-engine roadster concept. Low weight and supreme agility combine to provide outstanding driving pleasure. In 2004 and 2008 Porsche produced limited editions of the Boxster bearing the additional name Spyder, honoring the 550 and RS 60. In contrast, the new Boxster Spyder is a regular, but specially developed and upgraded production model as compared with the Boxster and Boxster S.
The 2011 Boxster Spyder goes on sale February 2010. U.S. pricing is $61,200. Note: Photos of the new 2011 Boxster Spyder are available to accredited journalists on the Porsche Press Database at [link=][/link]. Video footage is available for download at [link=][/link]. About Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga., is the exclusive importer of Porsche vehicles for the United States. It is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing.h.c. F. Porsche AG. PCNA employs approximately 180 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, service, marketing and training for its 201 dealers. The dealers, in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service. Throughout its 61-year history, Porsche has developed numerous technologies that have advanced vehicle performance, improved safety and spurred environmental innovations within the automotive industry. The company continues to celebrate its heritage by adding to its long list of motorsports victories dating back to its first 24 Hours of Le Mans class win in 1951. Today, with more than 28,000 victories, Porsche is recognized as the world's most successful brand in sports car racing. PCNA, which imports the iconic 911 series, the highly acclaimed Boxster and Cayman mid-engine sports cars, high-end Cayenne sport utility vehicle and the four-passenger Panamera Gran Turismo, strives to maintain a standard of excellence, commitment and distinction synonymous with its brand. Follow us: [link=][/link] and [link=][/link]
Contact: Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Steve Janisse Manager, Media Relations 770-290-3419 Dave Engelman Product Communications Manager 770-290-3617[FONT=verdana,geneva"]
Hi John Here's what you're after. Hadn't actually seen this one myself so i'm also going to have a read[:)]. (There's also a 2009 press release but this one is actually more detailed.) Here's what you didn't ask for but might find interesting[:)] Here's the roof operation done super slowly for training. If you imagine that this guy puts the roof down and up in 5 mins, its easy to accept that it really does take much less than 2 mins to take down or put up at normal speed. Its one catch at the front, 2 hooks at the back and 5 poppers on the rear screen. If you want the PDF brochure, PM me your email address so that I can attach it.
Great links thanks for those Flat6 Why am I being told there will be no 981 Spyder soon or even if at all! According to the Porsche link the following quote contradicts today's OPC spin [:D] The new model becomes the third version in the Boxster range, joining the Boxster and Boxster S, yet at first sight stands out clearly from the other models. This is quite simply because the Spyder has been developed essentially for driving in the open air. Let's hope Porsche will give us another third model to the 981 range real soon

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