Again, comfort takes second place to the sense of speed and excitement in the 718 Spyder and if it’s luxury you’re after you’re probably better served by the standard 718 Boxster
, which is a lovely car in its own right. Indeed, in some respects the Spyder has been made deliberately less comfortable to increase the intensity of the driving experience – the steering is heavy, the clutch gives your left leg a workout, the brakes are fierce and the car is so responsive it demands your full attention at all times. The track-honed suspension is also very stiff and even with adaptive dampers there’s no setting to take the edge off the bumps and you feel everything. Great when you’re in the mood, tiring when you’re not. But that’s what sets the Spyder apart and what enthusiasts will love.
The optional fixed carbon fibre seats of the test car we had force you into an upright, racing driver’s position whether you like it or not. You can option in more conventional seats if you like (or are lucky enough to buy new) but that’s not really the point of the car and if you’re considering the investment potential future buyers will be chasing cars with the most focused (and expensive) options. The distinctive Spyder look also demands a special manual hood mechanism, which is more time consuming to fold than that of the regular Boxster. On the face of it these various practical compromises make no sense whatsoever but to complain about that would be missing the point of this super cool