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