The thinking behind the new Porsche Boxster Spyder is simple: a return to the origins of the roadster: two seats, high performance. So, lucky owners will enjoy sports suspension with a 20-mm lower ride height, brakes “borrowed” from the 911 Carrera and a 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine with an output of 375hp (276kW). In short, this is the lightest, most powerful Boxster yet – with 4.5 seconds for 0 to 100 km/h and a top speed of 290km/h (180mph). The roof is still fabric and still operated by hand, and, fittingly for such a sports car, the only option is for manual transmission. Invoking the design of the 1960s 718 Spyder, this new model, launching in July, has two prominent streamlined power bulges that extend down along the rear lid behind the headrests. The front and rear end aesthetic cues were taken from the Cayman GT4. In line with the Spyder’s performance ethos, to save vital kilos neither a radio nor an air conditioner is included as standard. However, if this is a weight-saving step to far, both can be ordered as optional equipment at no extra cost.