Porsche has introduced two particularly emotional and powerful top models to claim top spot in its 718 model series- 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4.
While the GT4 represents the entry-level GT road model from Porsche, the Spyder lends itself to all kinds of curves. Both rely on highly efficient aerodynamics, a full GT chassis and powerful brakes.
For the first time ever, the 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4 share a technical base. 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 309 kW (420 PS) – 35 PS more than in the GT4 predecessor models. The third generation of the Spyder even has 45 PS more. It delivers a maximum torque of 420 newton metres 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 kmph, while the 718 Cayman GT4 can reach 304 kmph. Both the models can cover a 0-100 kmph sprint in 4.4 seconds.
The 718 Cayman GT4 has some comprehensively improved aerodynamics concept. It produces up to 50% more downforce, without adversely affecting the drag, as per the company. The aerodynamics of both models benefit enormously from the newly designed single-chamber arch rear silencer, which creates space in the rear section for a functional diffuser, which accounts for a about 30% 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% more downforce compared with its predecessor. This corresponds to an additional downforce of twelve kilograms at 200 km/h. The front section, which is optimised in the GT style, maintains the aerodynamic balance with a large front spoiler lip and the so-called air curtains. The latter calm the air flow along the front wheels.
The new 718 Spyder, unlike the fixed rear spoiler in GT4, has its rear spoiler that comes up automatically at 120 km/h. Owing to the functional diffuser, it is the first model in the Boxster family to generate aerodynamic downforce at the rear axle.
For the first time ever, the 718 Spyder benefits from the high-performance GT chassis of the 718 Cayman GT4. The Porsche Active Suspension Management damping system with 30 mm lower suspension lowers the centre of gravity and improves lateral dynamics potential. It is specifically designed for use on the racetrack and makes the handling characteristics of the 718 Cayman GT4 sharper. The 718 Spyder also benefits from this design.
The GT4 also comes with the option of a Clubsport package. This includes a rear steel roll bar, a hand-held fire extinguisher and a six-point seatbelt on the driver’s side.