Porsche welcomes two powerful models to its 718 series with the launch of a new 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4. First up is the 718 Spyder, which is less about going from A to B and more about the pure pleasure of driving. This lightweight convertible has a top that can cope with high speeds and a rear spoiler that rises automatically at 120km/h. Both features complement the sporty silhouette.
The 718 Spyder can reach speeds up to 301km/h and accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds from a standing start. It’s largely possible due to the new four-litre six-cylinder boxer engine. The naturally aspirated engine is based on the same engine family as the turbo engines in the current 911 Carrera model series, together with a six-speed manual transmission.
The boxer engine generates 309 kW, and fuel consumption comes in at 10.9 litres per 100km. Thanks to the functional diffuser, this is the first model in the Boxster family to generate aerodynamic downforce at the rear axle.
For the first time, the 718 Spyder benefits from the high-performance chassis of the 718 Cayman GT4. Its further refined lightweight spring-strut front and rear axles make use of racing technologies. The direct connection to the chassis differs by employing ball joints.
The Porsche Active Suspension Management damping system with 30 mm lower suspension lowers the centre of gravity and improves dynamics potential. Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear differential lock further enhances the longitudinal and lateral dynamics, cornering performance and consequently, driving pleasure.
The high-performance aluminium monobloc fixed-calliper brakes are suitable for track driving. A Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake is also available as an optional extra. The 718 Spyder now runs on ultra-high-performance tyres specially adapted by Porsche. The new Porsche 718 Spyder is now available to order. Hopefully, the German motor co will share further details of the interior features shortly.