YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO: PORSCHE BOXSTER SPYDER
Would you pay a premium for a Boxster with a leaky roof? Chris Harris says you should!
Essentially a Boxster with a crud roof, a Cayman R engine, and a 90kg weight reduction over a standard S the Spyder is one of those rare machines which creates a driving experience much more special than its meagre list of modifications would suggest.
I first drove one in the UK when it was raining and thought that despite feeling more alert than the standard car, I couldn't see the point of the silly roof and extra cost.
Then I drive one in the hills around LA a while back and completely fell for it. There's a strong argument for saying it's the sweetest road car Porsche has made in a while: small enough to be threadable, fast enough to not infuriate.
I would like a red one with silver wheels, but no such car is currently for sale. So of the available stock, I think this black one looks jolly appealing.
PORSCHE BOXSTER SPYDER
Why you should: One of the best Porsche driving experiences of recent years for a vaguely sensible price
Why you shouldn't: Misplaced 'it's not a proper Porsche if it's not a 911' snobbery, roof's 'novelty' value may wear thin
See the original advert here.