The Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 have finally been released following months of clandestine prototype tests dating back to last August. The development of these new additions to Porsche’s acclaimed 718 range had been under cloak and dagger which made their unveiling one of the most anticipated announcements of the year.
An initial examination of their specs shows that patience and anticipation have been well worth the wait. Each model sports a robust, naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six cylinder engine. The 414 hp amassed from that traditional mid-engine layout surpasses any other model in the 718 range. Harnessing that raw power allows the 718 Boxster Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 to reach top speeds of 187 and 188 mph, respectively. Each model is also exclusively equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission that embodies their track-tested pedigree. Porsche Torque Vectoring and rear differential locks channel the 3,200 lb weight of these behemoths into a 7.8 lb/hp power-to-weight ratio and a maximum torque of 309 lb-ft making the latest additions to the 718 series every bit as agile as they are powerful.
The aerodynamic design of the 718 Boxster Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 capture Porsche’s timeless aesthetic. Each model’s iconic sultry body combines beauty with functionality by being designed to ensure that drag is as low as possible. Large intakes and a new honeycomb grill structure also combine form and function by providing a high cooling capacity. The eloquence of that exterior is mirrored by each model’s perfectly tailored interior that gives its driver a highly ergonomic level of comfort that only lasts until hitting the open road takes them to the edge of their seat.