If you’re a hack it’s always a delight when your predictions come true. One of the skills of this game is to take the asides, the unofficial comments and the ‘you didn’t get this from me but…’ briefings and turn them into news that’s as solid as possible. 

You do this by applying the newly gained fact to what is already known and then hopefully bringing it all to life by using your experience and nose and extrapolating what else can be logically and therefore reliably deduced.

So when Porsche R&D boss Wolfgang Hatz told me some time ago that not only were they working on a hot Cayman – which turned out to be the GT4 – but a hot Boxster, I was left to surmise what kind of car might result. And yesterday’s unveiling of the new Boxster Spyder is, I am delighted to say, very much the kind of car I suggested Porsche would make.