Ask any Porsche Boxster aficionado (there really are such people) what the best-ever version is and they’ll probably say the 2010 Spyder. Those people will be very happy now because it’s back, Porsche unveiling the new Boxster Spyder at the New York Auto Show.
As before, the new Porsche Boxster Spyder is a stripped-out, hunkered-down version of the mid-engined two-seater. It rides 20mm lower on firmer sports suspension, with brakes taken from the 911 Carrera.
The 3.8-litre flat-six engine was swiped from the 911 parts bin, as well. With 370bhp (45bhp more than the GTS), 0-62mph is dispatched in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 180mph.
The Cayman GT4 donated its front and rear bumper, providing better cooling and aero. But the most obvious change is the pair of aerodynamic humps behind the headrests that run down to the engine lid. They’re a nod to the 718 racing car of the early Sixties, the first Porsche to bear the Spyder name.
Those humps necessitated a new. part-manually operated fabric hood. The first Boxster Spyder’s hood was little more than an umbrella, but this time it’s actually a proper roof.
Inside, there’s lightweight sports seats; a new, smaller steering wheel and, to keep the weight down, no aircon or even a stereo. Though both can be added back on as no cost options.
Prices start at £60,459 when the Boxster Spyder goes on sale in July.