A light touch
Posted: 20 May 2010
But although it has terrific responses, it also rides sweetly, especially for a supposedly stripped car. Local government ineptitude might have saddled the UK with hopeless road surfaces, but America's infrastructure is piss-poor too. The Spyder has stiffer, fixed-rate dampers rather than an active system, shorter and harder springs, firmer anti-roll bars and a more aggressive, negative camber on the wheels. On these satisfyingly twisty but broken roads, it could be horribly compromised. But though firm, it's also wonderfully compliant and manages to find a Lotus-like suspension sweet spot which preserves body control without destroying your dentistry.
Traction or grip aren't issues either. The Spyder has a limited-slip diff, and the Boxster's chassis has always been unflappable. Even on tight, slippery second-gear corners, where overhanging trees have kept things interesting, it doesn't bite. Great brakes too, steel or ceramic. It's an exceptionally good car.