Porsche is one of those marques that seem always to divide opinion rather sharply: you’re either a Porsche fan or you can’t bear them. You think they have looks to die for or they’re ugly bugs not fit to occupy the same stretch of tarmac as their Italian rivals.
Porsche’s image took a battering in the vulgar yuppie days of yore, but there are plenty of wealthy aficionados around and they’ll be drooling at the prospect of getting their hands on the latest Boxster – a stripped-to-its-boxers, super-lightweight roadster.
The mid-engined Boxster Spyder is fitted with a tuned version of the tried and trusted 3.4-litre flat-six engine, can hit 62mph in 4.8 seconds, will blast to 166mph with the roof down, returns an impressive 30mpg and costs from £44,643.
MM verdict: the perfect beast for a barbecue summer.