Every Porsche is special. Some models just happen to be a little bit more exclusive, a little bit more unique, and a little bit more desirable. The Porsche 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4 unveiled in June certainly fall in that category. Just like the Porsche 911 Speedster unveiled to the world at the New York International Auto Show in April, the Porsche 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 are new generations of classic Porsche models that every enthusiast knows by heart.
Taking the driving pleasure and character featured in every 718 to another level, both the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 share the same technical base for the first time ever. A naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine specially developed for both models sends 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels which is enough to reach 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds in both models. Top speed is rated at 301 km/h for the Spyder and 304 km/h in the Cayman GT4; and both cars can rev up to 8,000 revolutions the way a proper track missile should. In other words, both cars have the performance specs and credibility to hang with some of the best 4-wheeled engineering feats currently on the road in Canada.
What makes the Spyder and Cayman GT4 special is not necessarily their performance, however. If you’ve had the pleasure of owning or simply driving the previous Boxster Spyder or Cayman GT4, you know the experience behind the wheel is defined by much more than straight-line performance or sharp handling. Both cars have always created an almost symbiotic relationship with their drivers where the person behind the wheel is a part of the car and the car reacts almost instantly to his or her desires. This feeling of conjunction and connection between human and machine is further enhanced in the latest generations of the 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4.
Sharing mechanical wisdom has benefited the 718 Spyder which now takes advantage of the high-performance GT chassis of the GT4 which provides superior cornering stability. The latter is further improved by a suspension setup lowered by 30 mm. A range of racing components find themselves in both cars as does Porsche Stability Management which has been tuned for even greater sensitivity and flexibility. It can even be deactivated if desired. Porsche Torque Vectoring is included and features a mechanical rear differential lock which improves cornering and gives the driver even more confidence and speed through any corner.
The 718 Cayman GT4 now produces 20 percent more downforce than the previous GT4 and a total of 12 kilos of downforce on the rear axle at 200 km/h. Porsche understands better than most the importance of stability over simple speed, and both the Spyder and GT4 take the science of downforce and cornering precision to another level.
The Porsche 718 Spyder starts at $110,500 while the Cayman GT4 is available at $113,800 at Porsche Centre Calgary.
Date Posted: July 9, 2019