PORSCHE ADDS NEW HIGH-PERFORMANCE 718s

Porsche 718 Spyder

Porsche 718 Spyder

Two hot new models have been added to the Porsche range; 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 claim top spot in their model series.

Interestingly, for the first time they share a technical base. This includes the newly developed 4.0-litre six-cylinder naturally aspirated and a six-speed manual gearbox. The boxer engine generates up to 309kW (420hp). It is based on the same engine family as the turbo engines in the current 911 Carrera model series.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT

Porsche 718 Cayman GT

Both break the 300km/h top speed barrier: the 718 Spyder reaches 301 km/h, the 718 Cayman GT4 304km/h. Their zero to 100km/h is 4.4 seconds.

Piezo injectors are used for direct fuel injection for the first time in a high-revving engine. They split each injection process into up to five individual injections. A variable intake system with two resonance valves ensures optimum gas exchange in the cylinders.

Among the striking features of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 are aerodynamics that can produce up to 50 percent more downforce without adversely affecting drag. The fixed rear wing achieves about 20 percent extra downforce compared with its predecessor.

The front section maintains the aerodynamic balance with a large front spoiler lip and air curtains. The latter calm the airflow along the front wheels.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT

Porsche 718 Cayman GT

Unlike the GT4, Porsche 718 Spyder has a rear spoiler that comes up automatically at 120 km/h.

The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) 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.

Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear differential lock further enhances the longitudinal and lateral dynamics, cornering performance and driving pleasure. The GT4 also comes with the option of a Clubsport package. This includes a rear steel roll bar and a six-point seatbelt on the driver’s side.

Porsche 718 Spyder

Porsche 718 Spyder

The high-performance brake system in the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 provides consistent braking that is suitable for track driving thanks to large aluminium monobloc fixed-calliper brakes. The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is also available as an option.

In Australia, specifications are improved to include many features as standard. These include tinted Bi-Xenon headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System, ParkAssist including reversing camera, automatically dimming mirrors with rain sensor, windscreen with grey top-tint, ambient interior lighting, alarm system with interior surveillance, Apple CarPlay, navigation including Porsche Connect, digital radio, cruise control, two-zone climate control and heated seats. In the GT4 Spyder, a heated multi-function steering wheel is also standard in Australia.

Porsche 718 Spyder

Porsche 718 Spyder

The new Porsche 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4 are available to order now, and will arrive in Australia from the first quarter of 2020.

Prices start from $209,000 for the Spyder and $218,800 for the Cayman GT4. These prices are manufacturer’s recommended retail prices before statutory on-road and dealer delivery charges, which vary from state to state.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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