Porsche introduces new 718 models

|     Aziz Idris     |

PORSCHE 718 family welcomed new members with the introduction of the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4.

Both models will appeal to sports car enthusiasts who delight in unadulterated driving pleasure and appreciate a high level of agility and an almost intimate proximity to the centre of power.

For the first time, the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 share a technical base which includes the latest four-litre six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine, together with a six-speed manual transmission.

The engine generates 309kW (420-hp) in both models. While the GT4 represents the entry-level GT road model from Porsche, the Spyder lends itself to all kinds of curves. Both rely on highly efficient aerodynamics, a full GT chassis and powerful brakes.

Porsche claims that the manual transmission sports cars can both break the 300 km/h barrier: the 718 Spyder has a top speed of 301 km/h, while the 718 Cayman GT4 can reach 304 km/h.

Both models accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds from a standing start. The correlated fuel consumption of the mid-engine sports cars is 10.9 l/100 km according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

Among the striking features of the 718 Cayman GT4 is the comprehensively improved aerodynamics concept. It produces up to 50 per cent more downforce, without adversely affecting drag – proof of outstanding efficiency.

The new 718 Spyder is a weight convertible top that can cope with top speeds. It continues the history of such famous Roadsters as the Porsche 550 Spyder and 718 RS 60 Spyder. Open or closed, it thrills with a captivating silhouette.

Unlike the GT4, the 718 Spyder has a rear spoiler that comes up automatically at 120 km/h. Thanks to the functional diffuser, it is the first model in the Boxster family to generate aerodynamic downforce at the rear axle.

ABOVE & BELOW: The 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4. – PHOTOS: PORSCHE