The new Porsche Boxster Spyder still (thankfully) requires handiwork

With its lightweight fabric roof, manual gearbox, sparse interior and limited production numbers, the original Porsche Boxster Spyder was a hit with purists and collectors alike. Now, the follow-up to the minimalist, mid-engined sports car has been revealed in New York…

Survivor of the PDK invasion

Again, the Porsche Boxster Spyder has no radio, no air-conditioning, and a manually operated roof – but most refreshing is that Porsche will again offer the car only with a manual gearbox, despite the insistence on PDK invasion elsewhere in the product range. The company once again opts for the traditional, simplistic driving experience championed by its petite forefathers (think 550 Spyder), albeit with contemporary performance. Its brakes and 370bhp 3.8-litre flat-six engine, for example, have been lifted from the 911 Carrera; the front and rear bumpers have been borrowed from the recently revealed Cayman GT4. It’s those 718-style rear deck bulges that win it the seal of approval from our editorial office, though.

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