By   July 9, 2019

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder

Porsche has unveiled the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4. These are the ultimate 718 Boxster and Caymans ever made, but are they worth the hype?

Is the fact that a naturally aspirated flat-six powers these performance cars going to help kick start 718 sales?

From the beginning of Porsche rebranding the Boxster and Cayman under the 718 designation, they have used turbocharged flat-four engines. In doing so, mthe power output has been increased over the naturally aspirated Cayman and Boxster that preceded the 718.

There was some talk in the Porsche community that perhaps a flat-four would still be used for the new Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder. The thought was that these would be essentially a tuned GTS model with a bigger turbocharger.

The problem that the 718 currently has is that many purists would much rather have a naturally aspirated flat-six than a turbocharged flat-four. Displacement for the 718 Boxster and Cayman models is currently just 2.0-liters for the base model and 2.5-liter for the S and above.

Since the 718 uses a single turbocharger, you do have to rev it out to keep the turbo in the power band. A larger displacement naturally aspirated engine doesn’t have this same issue.

All of this led Porsche to put a 4.0-liter flat-six in the middle of the 718 Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4. Both the Spyder and GT4 offer 414 horsepower which combined with the manual six-speed transmission launches the little rocket from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

That’s quicker than a base 911 when equipped with a PDK transmission! Based on what we have seen so far, I would say that the 718 Spyder and GT4 is worth the hype.

In the below video I point out 3 reasons why the Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4 are the 718 models that we’ve all been waiting for. Check out the video and then scroll down to the comments and let us know what you would buy.

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  • Julian Leichter

    I plan to test drive the Spyder if I can.