Weight reduction is a succinct but insufficient way to explain why Porsche engineers gave the first-generation Boxster Spyder an incredibly complex roof mechanism, a skimpy bikini that barely kept occupants dry. Derided by many as over-engineered and unpractical, the removable roof did, however, reflect engineering’s prime objective — to build the ultimate open-air sports car for the driving enthusiast. And even those who thumbed their noses at the roof had to raise their thumbs to the car’s fulfillment of that promise.
A little more than five years later, Porsche has introduced the successor to that original Boxster Spyder. The new convertible echoes the classic styling of its predecessor but of course rides on the latest, third-generation Boxster platform and boasts even more power and performance from its mid-mounted flat-6. Better yet, it still retains title as the lightest model in the automaker’s street legal lineup.
Determined to thoroughly explore the new Spyder’s capabilities, and have more than a bit of fun in the process, we grabbed an oversized bottle of SPF 50 suntan lotion and boarded a Boeing 757 jet bound for the Big Island of Hawaii.