Toronto: The Porsche family welcomes new members: with the new 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4, two particularly emotional and powerful top models to claim top spot in the model range. Their pure character will appeal to sports car enthusiasts who delight in unadulterated driving pleasure and appreciate a high level of agility. The perfectly balanced mid-engine concept offers all this. For the first time, the duo share a technical base. This includes the newly developed four-litre six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The boxer engine generates 414 hp in both models. While the GT4 represents the entry-level GT road model from Porsche, the Spyder lends itself to all kinds of curves. At the heart of both models is 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. The new high-revving engine generates 414 hp – 29 hp more than in the GT4 predecessor models. The third generation of the Spyder even has 39 hp more. It delivers a maximum torque of 309 lb.-ft. at between 5,000 and 6,800 rpm. The manual transmission sports cars can both break the 300 km/h barrier: the 718 Spyder has a top speed of 301 km/h, while the 718 Cayman GT4 can reach 304 km/h. Both models accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds from a standing start. Among the striking features of the 718 Cayman GT4 is the comprehensively improved aerodynamics concept. It produces up to 50 percent more downforce, without adversely affecting drag – proof of outstanding efficiency.
The aerodynamics of both models benefit enormously from the newly designed single-chamber arch rear silencer: it creates space in the rear section for a functional diffuser, which accounts for a good 30 percent of the downforce at the rear axle in the 718 Cayman GT4. The fixed rear wing is also marked by greater efficiency: it produces around 20 percent more downforce compared with its predecessor. The new 718 Spyder is a pure machine for driving pleasure with a lightweight convertible top that can cope with top speeds. It continues the history of such famous Roadsters as the Porsche 550 Spyder and the 718 RS 60 Spyder. Open or closed, it thrills with a captivating silhouette. The roof is suitable for everyday use and can be stowed away under the rear deck lid in just a few steps. Unlike the GT4, the 718 Spyder has a rear spoiler that comes up automatically at 120 km/h. Thanks to the functional diffuser, it is the first model in the Boxster family to generate aerodynamic downforce at the rear axle.
The new Porsche 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4 are available to order now. Canadian pricing starts at $110,500 for the Spyder and $113,800 for the Cayman GT4.