What is it?
Drive a standard Porsche Boxster S and you’re unlikely to think, “What this car really needs is less weight and more power.” That’s because the Boxster is about as complete as sports roadsters get.
But somebody at Porsche clearly saw the potential to do just that, and so here is the Boxster Spyder. By using various weight saving techniques including aluminium door panels and engine cover, Porsche has shaved off 80kg and to complete the experience the Spyder gets 10bhp more power and firmer, 20mm lowered suspension than its stable mate.
What’s it like?
Despite the more hardcore nature of the Spyder, it’s no less usable on British roads.
The damping is supple enough to prevent breaks in the surface from unsettling the car or causing any jarring, which helps with comfort as well as keeping the tyres in contact with the asphalt.
That’s not to say that some of the very severe potholes and eroding road surfaces don’t cause some bone-shaking if you tackle them in the Spyder, but in general use over a reasonable British B-road, few other sports cars manage to offer such a well judged blend of body control and damping.
Needless to say, the familiar 3.4-litre boxer engine is a delight. Power is easily accessed thanks to a linear delivery from the naturally aspirated engine, although you’ll have to climb a long way up the rev range – 7200rpm – before you find the 320bhp peak.