Still identifiably a Boxster, the new Spyder gets a 'double bubble' rear deck with an enlarged spoiler and 'bridged' rear brake light, making a dramatic difference to the rear and profile of the car. Up front further the Spyder has a simplified bumper, with the daytime running lights removed and the air intakes given a more angular shape - the latter mirrored in the revised intakes on the rear haunches. 'Classic' Porsche decals along the doors complete the Spyder's look.
Porsche claims the new roof's rakish lines create 'a stretched and sleek silhouette reminiscent of the Carrera GT'.
We haven't got the full list of weight-saving measures, but the non-adjustable bucket seats in the cabin probably help too, as does the removal of the Boxster's air conditioning and stereo in standard trim. The suspension is apparently tweaked to optimise the lighter weight and lower centre-of-gravity, but there are no details on the specifics as yet.
The Boxster Spyder will be revealed to aspiring James Deans at the LA Auto Show in December, before going on sale in February 2010. The UK price will be £44,643, which looks reasonable compared with the Boxster S's £40,388.