When you get in, it’s immediately apparent. Whoever wants to own an original roadster will have to make sacrifices. Door storage compartments? No chance. Cup holders? No chance. Conventional door release levers? Ditto. But why should we have fitted levers, when door pulls are so much more evocative of our racing tradition? And, more importantly, they are, by nature, weight-saving. By no means trivial details, they are part of a considered and, in the roadster segment, superior strategy: purposeful lightweight design.
It’s a solution that also includes sports bucket seats with seat centres in Alcantara. The result is a further 12 kg reduction, and a way for the driver to experience more acutely and more immediately the power that pushes the Boxster Spyder to the limit.
An air conditioning system has no place in this concept either. That would have added 12 kg. It’s a concept that demands strong conviction, for whoever attaches so much value to performance and authenticity sets different priorities in terms of comfort, and would prefer to rely on the most natural of all air conditioning systems: the headwind with the hood open. Despite our strict adherence to purity of design, we wanted to make one concession: the windscreen with grey top-tint and the wind deflector are standard. A little indulgence that makes open-top driving that little more comfortable.
One last question: what other potential for weight reduction was left? Should we really have gone so far as deleting even the radio? With a weight saving of 3 kg and the powerful engine sound of the Boxster Spyder to compensate, that was an easy decision.