The Porsche Boxster you didn’t know existed
Is this one of a kind Porsche a 911 Speedster killer?
A few years ago, the Porsche development team came out with something rather exciting but kept it a bit of a secret. This is a very special car and could possibly be my favourite from the German brand, and definitely my favourite version of the 981.
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So, back in the day, Porsche came out with some wicked cars such as the 909 and the 356. These are all great cars but what would happen if Porsche made a modern-day version combining the greatest parts of past Porsches?
Back in 2015, the Executive board wanted to start a new project with help from Weissach. This new sports car was to be based on the 981, more specifically, the Boxster. This prototype had to be lightweight and overall just a better car. But is that possible? Porsche didn’t make it easy for themselves by bringing out the fantastic Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4 before this as the car had to have an even better power-to-weight ratio than those.
This single seated 981 sports car, otherwise known as the ‘Boxster Bergspyder’ didn’t have a roof much like a Jaguar F Type Project 7 and was painted in a stunning Porsche 909 livery. I love how it has a single piece of what I assume is some sort of plastic that wraps around the driver’s cockpit like a proper vintage race car.
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You may think it would be silly for a German car not to have a roof at all, and don’t worry, they thought of this and added a removable tarpaulin cover made of imitation leather and a carbon fibre part which extends from the windshield to the engine bay. This paid homage to the 1954 Porsche 356 Speedster which I love.
The inside was completely different to the usual 981 too. Porsche took the dashboard from the 918 Spyder and put it in this Frankenstein Porsche. This also goes for the seats which are 918 inspired. In terms of luggage space, the ‘passenger’ door could be opened and inside was a luggage compartment, a space to store a helmet and the removable cover.
In the end, the Porsche Bergspyder weighed a nifty 1,099 kg and was powered by the same 3.8L engine from the Cayman GT4. This meant the car had around 390 hp (393 PS) which I would say is very adequate. With all this put together, the Bergspyder had a power-to-weight ratio of almost 2.8kg per PS (metric horsepower). This beastly little thing could go from 0-60 mph in just over 4 seconds which isn’t bad at all and it achieved a Nürburgring lap time of 7:30 minutes which is the same as the Porsche 997 GT2 and the 2012 Mercedes SLS AMG. Not bad at all. It is also 10 seconds faster than the Cayman GT4. What a machine that would be and wicked fun around a sunny Spanish track.
Porsche were so close to releasing this too but they had their doubts as to whether it would eligible for registration in certain countries and this would have dramatically impacted sales so they never released it. This means there is just ONE in the entire world.
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This unique car spent a long time in the Weissach development centre before being moved to the Porsche museum but still remains unseen to the public. Until now. The 981 Bergspyder made its first public debut at this years Gaisberg hillclimb race. I am very jealous of all those who were there.
Is this the best Porsche ever made?