With the rest of Porsche’s 718 range switching to turbocharged flat fours, Petrolheads everywhere were waiting to see how Porsche would power the 718 Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder. Well the wait is finally over and thankfully, the long awaited successors are powered by naturally aspirated flat sixes.
It’s still a different motor to the last iteration however, but as before, It’s essentially the engine from the latest 911; although breathing atmospherically and with an extra litre to play with. Even without the turbos, power is still a very respectable 414bhp. A 4.4 second 0.62mph time won’t break any records, but it’s by no means slow especially when you consider the 3 pedal handicap. What will be interesting to see is if they throttle the cars with overly long gear ratios like they did on the previous generation. My guess would be not, as lobbing the tubos off should be disadvantage enough to not worry even the base 992 911.
Unsurprisingly, the appearance of both 718 gen cars is pretty much identical to their respective 981s. Both sport more aggressive looks than the standard cars on which their based and a smattering of aerodynamic improvements; chiefly for the GT4, the huge rear wing. The most notable change under the skin is that the cars share the same chassis this time around. Yes, the Spyder has now been taken under the GT car devision’s wing which if you look at their track record, is no bad thing.
Prices start at £73,405 for the Spyder and £75,348 Cayman GT4, but as ever, you’ve got to me a very good friend of Porsche to get on the list and chances are but the time you’re reading this, they’ll all be sold out. But don’t panic, no doubt Autotrader will have plenty in 6 months with a 20% premium.