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Anyone familiar with the last generation of Boxster Spyder will recognise its successor – it’s about a focus on performance with fewer fripperies. The fabric roof opens and closes by hand, and there’s no auto option on the transmission, only manual.
The suspension of the new car is 20mm lower than the regular Porsche Boxster, and firmer too. The brakes come from the 911 Carrera and the steering has been tweaked to be more direct. There’s also more power – the mid-mounted 3.8-litre flat six engine makes a thoroughly decent 370bhp.
That means a 0-100kph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 290kph.
Styling wise, the Porsche Boxster Spyder takes the standard Boxster looks and adds elements that hark back to sports and race cars from the past. The streamlined bulges on the rear lid are a tribute to the 1960s 718 Spyder, for example. The front and rear are taken straight from the Cayman GT4.
Inside lightweight bucket seats with big side supports are prepared for the inevitable spirited cornering, and there’s a new steering wheel too. But there’s no radio or air-con as standard – this is a purist car! Although, if you like your purist to be accompanied by music and cold air, you can order them as a no-cost option.
Expect to see the new Porsche Boxster Spyder in the summer.