PORSCHE BOXSTER SPY­DER

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FEATURES -

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.

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