Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Here Comes a Spyder

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Here Comes a Spyder

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Byline: Bill Caven

THE deafening roar from the exhaust system was akin to enduring an evening with Motorhead.

It was strictly a hard-core rock blast rather than the soothing tones from the Sugababes. But then again what do you expect from any vehicle bearing the Porsche badge?

You don't exactly go out and buy a lion only to discover that it is more of a pussycat, now do you?

And when it comes to a snarling hellcat then the latest German offering definitely lives up to all the expectations rightly placed upon it.

Without sounding sexist in any way the new Boxster RS60 Spyder is definitely a man's car. Even then it is not for the faint-hearted either.

While this sexily sculpted metal is a real head-spinner that's not its main purpose in life.

It is full of such raw emotion that you don't exactly drive it but instead wrestle through the pain barrier.

When you leave the driver's seat you are not only exhilarated but thoroughly exhausted at the same time.

The clutch is so heavy that it is almost as if you have spent hours on a step-machine. Oh, how the leg muscles ached for days.

Similarly the power-steering has been deliberately weighted towards the die-hard driver rather than the purist.

Especially when driven at low speed or trying to negotiate a tight city centre parking spot you really need to flex the pecs big time.

But if you are prepared to go for a heavy-duty two-seater roadster rather than some 'namby-pamby' alternative then the Porsche is simply in a world of its own.

From the massive engine noise that guarantees icy stares from the neighbours through to the sheer burst of energy on tap to your right foot it is a truly sensational car.

The newcomer is certainly much more butch in appearance - more of a Vin Diesel than a Jim Carey.

The additional rear side air-vents may look rather cosmetic but they serve a serious purpose. And that's to stop this monster from overheating as it attempts to corrupt you with its devastating performance. …

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