Porsche 718 GT4 Cayman and Spyder – 6 cylinder boxer engine and manual gearbox, what a time to be alive
You there, yes you. The one reading this article right now. If you don’t know Porsches complicated lineup of numbers, I will now give you a crash course.
The 718 is the baby Porsche and the 911 us the Porsche Porsche. You know the real Porsche you always think of, whereas the 718 is the one you find out you can actually afford. Jokes aside. Spoiler alert, the 718 is a freaking damn good automobile, and that is a fact. Well let’s focus on the 718 now. It comes as the Cayman, Coupe and the Boxster, Convertible. Simple enough? I thought so.
Crash course over. What my fingers and heart has been burning to write, the new 718 GT4. The top of the line of the 718 model segment. It is truly a blast to the past, in a good way. As the entire 718 model range is equipped with a turbo charged 4 pot, the GT4 now gets two extra cylinders. Being naturally aspirated, the power has increased by 35 hp for a total of 420 hp, and 420 Nm. Going for the manual version and you will go over 300 km/h. 0-100 km/h is done in 4.4 seconds.
The biggest news is of course that the both the Cayman gt4 and spyder will come as standard as a manual. Hallelujah!
Speaking of improvements. The aerodynamics, most of which cannot be seen, has been improved by increasing the force pushing the car to the tarmac with 50 percent. This without affecting the drag in a negative way. Wow, you think. But how do they do this? Well, most of the magic happens underneath the car. The rear silencer is reshaped and thus allowing for a diffusor. A more extreme rear wing is also a big contribution to the downforce. The front has been remolded to help guide the air towards the rear. Yeah, science stuff.
The 718 Spyder instead gets an active rear wing that extracts when you go over a certain speed. The Spyder is obviously tamer compared to the GT4, but it has a very attractive body with more “junk in the trunk”, meaning the space where the roof goes. You also get the gt4 chassis from the 718 Cayman gt4 so it should be as fun to drive as ever. And costing the same as the Cayman gt4, it very well should. And in reality, it is very much the Cayman gt4 without the aerodynamic bits. In other words, a more approachable car for the everyday buyer, while still being an absolute weapon underneath.
The cars are available for order right now and you will have to pay 90 423 euro for the gt4 Cayman and 88 080 euro for the Spyder. Well worth the cash in my opinion.