NEVER SAY TIRE TOP MARKS FOR PORSCHE’S NEW SPY­DER CON­VERT­IBLE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Peter Barn­well

PORSCHE’S new light­weight Boxster Spy­der is a drive made in heaven, ar­guably one of the best re­solved road­sters there is.

You’ll need to stump up $168,600 for this gor­geous two-seater drop top but the re­wards are there to be taken.

This is what you get ... a 3.8-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated flat six lifted from the larger Porsche 911 Car­rera S, rated at 276kW/420Nm out­put.

Also on the agenda are choice com­po­nents from a range of other Porsche mod­els: the brakes, Bil­stein sus­pen­sion, quicker steer­ing from a 911 Turbo, Cay­man GT4 in­te­rior com­po­nents and other per­for­mance bits from the Porsche in­ven­tory.

With all this, the strik­ing Spy­der clocks a 0-100km/h sprint in 4.5 sec­onds, has high-end dy­nam­ics, and an ex­haust note to savour.

The Spy­der is the top Boxster. with less kit.

LIGHTER

THEY threw away the PDK manu­matic trans­mis­sion fit­ting a sixspeed man­ual only.

The fab­ric roof is man­u­ally op­er­ated and has fewer struts and lighter hinge mech­a­nisms to save weight and no in­te­rior liner.

They light­ened the seats and cut

The Spy­der ... the top Boxster with less kit.

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