Porsche considering Boxster Spyder GT4

The Boxster Spyder GT4 would benefit from a number of 911-sourced components.

Porsche has confirmed that its top executives are currently debating whether or not to build a more hardcore version of the 2016 Boxster Spyder (pictured) that was presented earlier this month at the New York Motor Show.

The Spyder was designed to sit at the very top of the Boxster lineup, but overwhelming demand for the recently-introduced Cayman GT4 is causing Porsche to consider pushing the mid-engined convertible even further up on the market.

Building a range-topping GT4-badged version of the Boxster would be cost-effective because the Spyder is powered by a slightly de-tuned version of the 3.8-liter flat-six engine found in the Cayman GT4. Save for minor aesthetic bits and pieces like a front splitter, all the Spyder needs to become a GT4 is the Cayman's adjustable front suspension, a stiffer rear suspension and a set of upsized brakes sourced from the potent 911 GT3.

If it is given the green light for production, the Boxster Spyder GT4 will likely be presented to the public either next fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show or next spring at the 2016 edition of the Geneva Motor Show. The roadster will undoubtedly cost more than the Cayman GT4, which retails for over $85,000 once a mandatory destination charge is factored in.

Photos by Brian Williams.

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