Between the Taycan GTS / Sport Turismo GTS and the 718 Cayman GT4 RS / GT4 RS Clubsport, it’s secure to say it has been one heck of per week for Porsche aficionados. Acquired the time for yet another? The one-of-one Bergspyder was unveiled somewhat two years in the past, however we have not heard something in regards to the attention-grabbing contraption from Zuffenhausen since then.
What’s it? It is a previous-generation Boxster closely modified to function a tribute to the Porsche 909, which weighed solely 384 kilograms (847 kilos). The distinctive sports activities automotive with out a roof is far heavier, however by trendy requirements, it is nonetheless an impressively mild automotive. At 1,130 kg (2,491 lbs), it’s only somewhat bit fatter than the reply to all car-related questions – the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
YouTuber Supercar Blondie spent some high quality time with the Bergspyder and its lack of a passenger seat. As well as, the acute Porsche idea additionally comes with out door handles. Despite the fact that it is a one-seater sports activities automotive, the door on the proper nonetheless opens by pulling a strap situated close to the gasoline cap. The rationale why you’ll be able to nonetheless use the door is to entry a cargo compartment the place you’d usually discover the passenger seat.
Additionally, you will discover the dearth of a traditional windscreen because it has been changed by a a lot smaller wind deflector as a nod to Porsche’s hill climb challenger unveiled method again in 1968. When you’re questioning why the motive force’s seat appears to be like acquainted, it is as a result of it has been borrowed from a 918 Spyder, which additionally lent a few of its dashboard components for the one-off Boxster from the 981 era.
As you’ll be able to see from the driving footage, it is a absolutely practical idea automotive, however Porsche scrapped plans for a manufacturing model for the reason that automotive did not have a strong enterprise case. With no roof and no windscreen, it would not have been not possible to register the Bergspyder in lots of international locations. That is an actual disgrace for the reason that hardcore Boxster had a formidable energy to weight ratio of practically 2.8 kilograms (6.1 kilos) / horsepower because it took the three.8-liter engine with 393 hp (289 kW) from the previous Cayman GT4.
Porsche mentioned it could do 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in somewhat over 4 seconds and full a lap of the Nürburgring in roughly 7 minutes and half-hour. Okay, that lap time may not sound like a lot seeing as how the brand new 718 Cayman GT4 RS did it in 7 minutes and 4 seconds, however simply think about driving the roofless Bergspyder at full tilt on the Nordschleife…