PORSCHE BOXSTER SPYDER
It is: Low-fat version of the two-seater midengine convertible. Weight reduction of 80kg plus 10 horse power and lower ride height give it superior performance.
Motor: Flat six 3.4 litre producing 315.6bhp and 273 lb-ft.
Pace: With the six speed manual gearbox it can reach 166mph and cover 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds.
Economy: 29.1mpg official combined average, and 228g/km CO2.
Price: £46,387. It includes half-day session at Porsche’s impressive handling track at Silverstone, open to all-comers by appointment (telephone 0844 3575 911). Exhibits include a 550 Spyder.
You get: Lower roof line using a single-skin roll-up roof, carbon-backed bucket seats, some aluminium body panels.
You lose: Air conditioning, radio, conventional internal door release latches, cupholders, comfy seats.
Options: Radio, air-con, comfy seats, PDK twin clutch automatic gears.
For: Most potent Boxster model.
Against: Some wind noise from the hood and rear panels; rattle heard on the demo model.
Verdict: Nice, shame about the price. With the desirable PDK gearbox it is £48,349.
More: 08457 911 911.