We were there for the debut of the Boxster Spyder overnight at the New York Auto Show, and it’s captivating in the flesh. Check out the humps behind the headrests – an ode to the 718 Spyder from 1957. The interior is delightfully simple as a result of cutting as much weight as possible: there are fabric seats, no frills, and a stick between the two front pews (and no automatic is available).
Neither a radio nor air conditioning come as standard – they can be put back in for no cost, but do you really need them? You can also tick cost-option boxes for satellite navigation among other amenities.
Largely, this is a drop-top alternative to the intense new Cayman GT4 coupe – and it’s almost as powerful, too. It’ll hit 100 in just 4.3 seconds. It receives upgraded brakes, more direct steering and a smaller steering wheel (360mm compared to 370mm) to make corner-carving even more enjoyable.
We don’t have a firm Australian price yet, but the American sticker of about US$84,000 indicates we’ll be looking north of $200,000 once this hits our roads very late in 2015.