Lower than the GTS by 11mm, longer than the 981 by 10mm and with an aggressive-looking front end it was immediately clear that the distinctive design of the new Boxster Spyder was a radical return to the origins of the roadster.
Like the Cayman GT4, the Boxster Spyder takes its 3.8-litre engine from the 911 Carrera S (albeit somewhat detuned). It still produces an impressive 310lb ft of torque, achieves 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 180mph. The 6-speed manual gearbox with shorter gear stick reacts instantly to commands and the under-chassis set up delivers impressively responsive handling.
Possibly the most notable upgrade to the Boxster Spyder is the roof: the previous Spyder roof was fiddly to erect and once up, didn’t do the car’s lines any justice. The new roof design addresses that with a better fit, giving a much sleeker overall appearance. As an added bonus, the new mechanism reduces the overall weight by 11kg. The flying fabric buttresses look impressive whilst the roof is up. When not in use the hood is stowed under an aluminium deck lid with elegant swooping Speedster-style contours.
Consideration has been given to the interior too, with 918-inspired seats and steering wheel. This particular Boxster Spyder sports upgraded bucket seats, complete with impressive-looking carbon fibre reinforced inserts.
Before any protection could take place, the car first needed proper preparation. To this end, it was first degreased using Gtechniq W5 Citrus All Purpose Cleaner, ensuring all residues of transportation protection wax was removed. Then the vehicle was treated with Bilt-Hamber Korrosol to remove any bonded iron contamination. On new cars, this type of contamination is usually collected during transit from the manufacturer to the dealership. The iron particles are derived from the brake pads of other cars, which shred under load, and also from train wheels if the vehicles have been transported via rail and possibly stored at railway sidings. Korrosol changes colour on contact with ferrous particles, as the colour deepens the active ingredient shrinks the particle, causing it to break its bond with the substrate and allowing it to be easily rinsed away. The non-contact process is far safer for paintwork than attempting to remove this small, sharp particles with a mitt or with a clay bar.
The Boxster Spyder was then pre-cleaning using Ultimate Snow Foam, the high foaming formulation lifting larger particles of dirt and grit away from the surface of the paintwork, encapsulating them within the foam. These can be rinsed away before a wash mitt comes into contact with the paintwork. These non-contact processes: degreasing, iron removal and pre-cleaning, all help to protect the paintwork from incurring swirls during the main wash.
The Two Bucket Method was employed for the main wash, using UF Wash & Rinse Buckets with Grit Guards. The Ulti-Mitt Double Sided Merino Wash Mitt is loaded with soapy water from the Wash Bucket, applied to the car where it traps dirt in the long fibres and then, when brushed against the Grit Guard, releases the particles into the rinse water. The mitt is then dunked again into the Wash Bucket and so the process continues, removing contamination from the car and placing it into the Rinse Bucket water, keeping the Wash Water clean. This process also helps to prevent incurring swirls and scratches during washing.
The fabric roof was given a gentle clean using Renovo Fabric Soft Top Cleaner and a UF Natural Horse Hair Convertible Cleaning Brush. The hood was rinsed thoroughly to ensure all the cleaner residue was removed.
You absolutely cannot cut corners on rinsing the hood. Any suds remaining in the fabric will act as a base for mildew growth and they will also act as a wick for water ingress. It’s worth taking extra time to make absolutely certain every trace of cleaner is eliminated. – Derek Ginger, Master Detailer, UF Detailing Studio
Once the car and roof were clean and rinsed free of suds, an Aqua Gleam De-ionising Water Filter was attached in-line with the hose to provide a final, pure water rinse. The Spyder was then dried and brought inside the detailing studio so the paintwork could be inspected under high-intensity lighting.
High-intensity LED lighting shows up any defects in the paint. The fact the car is brand new doesn’t automatically guarantee the paintwork is pristine. We worked on a brand new Mercedes-AMG A45 in here last week and the paintwork on that was badly marked – so much so that we had to correct the paint using a machine polisher prior to applying the protective sealant. Any scratches, swirls, holograms, etc, present in the paintwork need to be removed before the nano sealant is applied, otherwise, you’re sealing the problem underneath the coating and correction isn’t possible without first removing the sealant. – Derek Ginger, Master Detailer, UF Detailing Studio
The inspection process did not reveal any damage to the paintwork, so all that was required was a light refining polish by hand using PolishAngel Esclate Lotion. This contains a fine abrasive, to lift the clarity and depth of shine.
The paintwork was then cleansed using Gtechniq Panel Wipe, a cleanser with aromatic (highly effective) solvents which flash off, leaving the paint surface free from silicones and polish residues in readiness for the sealant layer. This is essential to ensure the sealant can form the maximum number of bonds possible with the paint’s clear coat to ensure long-lasting protection.
Gtechniq Crystal Serum was selected to protect the paintwork. This coating offers the latest in nanotechnology advances, providing an effective barrier against extremes of pH. Crystal Serum forms a dual layer of protection: the base layer has a hardness of around 7h to provide flexibility; the top layer has a hardness of 9h. The combination of a tough top layer with flexible under-layer reduces the chances of incurring swirl induced hazing. Once cured, Crystal Serum is virtually impervious to harsh wash chemicals, industrial and environmental fallout. The hardness of the coating makes it difficult to remove if the application isn’t completed properly. In order to be fully effective Crystal Serum it must be applied in tightly controlled conditions but once applied, Gtechniq guarantees its performance for seven years. Crystal Serum is available as a service only through Gtechniq approved detailing studios.
After allowing Crystal Serum to cure for a couple of hours, Gtechniq EXO Ultra Durable Hybrid Coating was applied over the top, upgrading this to Crystal Serum Black (also known as CS Black). EXO V2 enhances the hydrophobic function and adds an extra level of slickness and gloss.
The wheels were prepared with Panel Wipe before being coated with Gtechniq C5 Alloy Wheel Armour. This heat resistant coating doesn’t burn off when the wheels get hot or dissolve away in the rain or during the weekly wash. Virtually impervious to extremes of pH, C5 inhibits the build-up of brake dust, repels dirt, water and oils and makes the weekly wash much easier. C5 can be expected to offer protection for up to 12 months.
The tyres were dressed with Gtechniq T2 Tyre Dressing to provide a satin sheen. The glass was cleaned and then coated with G1 ClearVision Smart Glass to repel rain water. The interior leather was protected with Gtechniq L1 Leather Guard AB, an abrasion resistant coating that also provides an anti-bacterial function.
The fabric hood was checked for excess moisture and a hot air blower was used to make sure any traces of water were completely evaporated, particularly around the corners and seams which take longer to dry.
As with the rinsing process, drying the hood before applying a sealant is vital too. Any remants of moisture will encourage mildew growth and so you’ll be undoing all your hard work if you don’t make sure it’s completely dry. Giving it a quick blast with a hot air blower is worthwhile! – Derek Ginger, Master Detailer, UF Detailing Studio
To seal the hood, Gtechniq I1 Smart Fabric was used. This is liberally sprayed onto the fabric, soaking into the fibres to provide maximum water repellency. By protecting the fibres, rather than laying down a layer, the feel of the fabric is not altered. First, though, the paintwork of the car was masked with a protective film to avoid any cross contamination.
With the paintwork already coated it is best practice to mask the whole car with protective film to avoid any unwanted overspray when applying the I1 Fabric Coat! – Derek Ginger, Master Detailer, UF Detailing Studio
With the hood sealed and allowed to fully dry overnight, the protective film was carefully removed and the Boxster Spyder was revealed in all its show-stopping glory!
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Interested in reading more about the New Car Protection for the Mercedes-AMG A45 carried out last week? Find it here.