Sure, it is a Boxster. Sure, it wears a funny hat and it is impractical. Sure, it has a mid-engine setup.

So, it must be a proper Porsche.

Probably the biggest misconception about any of the Boxster's variants is that it is not a real Porsche but I am willing to wager that the new Boxster Spyder is going to change all of that. And, here's why:

It is more than 175 pounds lighter, was lowered 20mm, has added 10 more horsepower and can achieve up to 29 MPG in a highway environment. Uh, what is there not to like?

001 has been lucky enough to get behind the wheel at a recent drive in Santa Monica and take it for a spin around the town. Looks like a tough job, right?

Make sure to explore 001's photo gallery of the hardcore Spyder below...

2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder Photo Gallery

2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder Photo Gallery

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2011 Porsche Cayenne USA Launch

2011 BMW New Product Showcase

2011 BMW 5-Series USA Production Photo Gallery Photo Galleries

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PHOTO GALLERY: Is Porsche's Boxster Spyder The PUREST Porsche?

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