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Viper Green 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder Is a Nod to Retro 911s

Porsche's 2016 Boxter Spyder is rare enough on its own, but when an owner decides to dress his artfully-penned Zuffenhausen machine in a hue such as Viper Green, things become uber-exclusive.
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This Boxster Spyder was recently spotted in Essen, Germany (pictures via Autogespot). Despite the vehicle having quite a visual aura, it's obvious the lighting setup isn't ideal for showcasing the Spyder.

Then again, given the fact that this open-top, mid-engined Porsche borrows its 3.8-liter flat-six from the 911 Carrera S, seeing it wearing a color we'd normally associate with, say, a 1973 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 only seems natural (no atmospheric engine pun intended).

Speaking of how rare the Spyder incarnation of the 987 Boxster is, we'll zoom in on the US market and tell you Porsche only expects about five percent of the Boxsters it sells to come in this configuration.

And it's not difficult to see why. That's because the Boxster Spyder targets the kind of customer who wants to go extremely fast, but won't turn to a Cayman GT4.

This isn't the kind of Porsche one buys to show off. Not when it comes with a third pedal and a roof you'll have to operate by hand (what? this saves 24 lbs/11 kg compared to the one you get in a normal Boxster).

While the Boxster Spyder has been in the shadow of the Cayman GT4 and the 911 GT3 RS ever since its launch, the open air pleasures it provides can also be seen as throwback to the wind-in-your-hair Porsches in the carmaker's history.

And once Porsche releases the mid-cycle rework for the Boxster and Cayman, these 911-engined machines will only become even more valuable. For those of you who have been disconnected from the internet, we'll mention next year's mid-engine Porsches will receive the 718 moniker alongside their current names, signaling the adoption of turbocharged flat-fours.


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