Feel the heat

Red-hot road­ster can carve corners with the best of them, but is supris­ingly civilised around town

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

IT’S Italy midsummer and it’s 40 de­grees in the shade — too hot for top-down driv­ing — but noth­ing is go­ing to stop me driv­ing Porsche’s new “light­weight” Boxster Spy­der on the moun­tain roads sur­round­ing Florence.

It may be hot as hell, but this is a drive made in heaven.

In stan­dard guise, the Boxster is ar­guably one of the world’s great road­sters.

So the $64,000 ques­tion (the Spy­der costs $63,900 more than the cheap­est Boxster) is: is it worth the ex­tra cash? The an­swer is yes.

The re­wards are there to be taken ev­ery time you fire it up.

Firstly, in lieu of the stan­dard Boxster’s 2.7-litre flat six, you get the 3.8-litre from the larger Porsche 911 Car­rera S, with 276kW of power and 420Nm of torque.

You also get choice com­po­nents from a range of other Porsche mod­els: the brakes, Bil­stein sus­pen­sion, quicker steer­ing from a 911 Turbo, Cay­man GT4 in­te­rior fin­ishes and other per­for­mance bits from the Porsche in­ven­tory.

Com­bined they en­dow this strik­ing car with a 0-100kmh sprint time of 4.5 sec­onds, ra­zor-sharp road­hold­ing and an ex­haust note to savour.

But the new Spy­der is as

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