According to Auto Express, the new Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder is “a seriously good sports car.” Listed at £73,405, the magazine believes the new model will be “a future classic.”
The Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder doesn’t significantly differ from the latest Cayman GT4, except when it comes to its style. The model, which features a smaller wing that retracts into the back of the vehicle, includes a 4.0-litre atmospheric flat-six engine and a six-speed manual gearbox. It weighs 1,495kg and delivers 414bhp and 420Nm. Porsche states that the Spyder can go from 0 to 62mph in 4.4 seconds and 0 to 100mph in 9.0 seconds. The top speed is 186mph with the hood up or down, according to Porsche.
The lightweight hood, which is partially electric and high-speed compatible, can be easily opened and closed. The side profile of the hood is flat and designed to effortlessly retract into the streamliners over the rear lid, where it tapers into two sleek fins. The hood, which can be released electrically, is available in two-tone red and black. The roll-over bars can also optionally be painted in the exterior color.
In terms of technology, the new Spyder comes with Porsche’s PASM system as standard as well as the customarily optional Sports Chrono Pack. The Spyder’s interior features a few upgrades, such as more color trim variations and luxury Spyder embossed seats, as well as premium Porsche Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
In terms of connectivity, the Spyder features the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, which provides a central control center for audio and communication. The new model also features a high-resolution 7˝ touchscreen display that can be used to control many of the car’s functions. Music can be enjoyed the CD/DVD drive, SD cards, internal 10GB hard drive (jukebox), the AUX input or the USB connection. Porsche Connect provides real-time traffic information and a track precision app to visualize performance, and Apple® CarPlay enables drivers to connect their iPhone® to their Porsche.
The car also comes with Sound Package Plus and a BOSE® Surround Sound System that has been customized for the 718 models. The audio system includes 10 loudspeakers and amplifier channels and the Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System with a total output of 821 watts and 12 individually controlled loudspeakers.
The original Porsche 718 was a sports-racing car built by Porsche from 1957 to 1962. The 718 Boxster debuted at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.