Reviews 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder First Test: Ultimate Driver’s Delight
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High-revving, naturally aspirated sports cars are a dying breed. The(and its hardtop twin, the 718 Cayman GT4) is one of these relics, from the same tree as the more affordable MX-5 Miata and / duo, cars that prioritize driving enjoyment and creating a connection with the driver. Free-breathing sports cars like these provide a breath of fresh air in a time when nearly everything has some form of electrification or forced induction under the hood. Unlike lesser 718 Boxster models, the Spyder takes the fun up a couple notches by going back to basics: no turbos, minimal electronic adjustability, and a manual gearbox. The result? A glorious master class in driver engagement from a car that'll overload your senses and satisfy you on every drive.
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With options like carbon-ceramic brakes and lightweight bucket seats reinforced with carbon fiber, the 2020looks ready for the track, which it is. On the dragstrip, the mid-engine roadster hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds on the way to a 12.3-second quarter mile at 115.1 mph. Road test editor Chris Walton liked how easy the car is to launch and was able to get consistent numbers even when it bogged slightly. Stopping from 60 mph only took 99 feet, thanks to the massive carbon-ceramic brakes, which Walton called world class and lauded for the satisfying pedal feel. However, like most carbon-ceramic brakes, they need a bit of heat to get the best results, and they squeak a lot during normal driving.
First Drive: 2020 Porsche Cayman GT4/718 Spyder
These two might be the best-handling production cars we’ve ever driven.All of Porsche's "GT" cars are born in Flacht, Germany, home to the Porsche Motorsport group and the brains who make the secret sauce, some of whom the automaker brought along for the cars' launch. These engineers eat and breathe performance, led by Andreas Preuninger, head of the GT division.
At the limit, the 2020718 Spyder remains benign. Testing director Kim Reynolds enjoyed its controllability and strong brakes, both of which he thought contributed to the experience. "It's sensitive and wraps around you," Reynolds said. "It can understeer or oversteer. Which do you want?" The 718 Spyder finished the figure-eight course in 23.0 seconds with a 0.89 g average and generated 1.08 g of lateral acceleration on the skidpad. In the event that the rear end steps out on you, it's easy to catch and control, even when you're pushing the car hard.
On Road Dominance
The fun doesn't stop off the track; in fact, it's barely starting. Once you fold the complicated roof (and leave it down for good), make yourself comfortable and get ready for a great time. On winding roads, the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder hardwires itself to the driver. The finely tuned suspension and telepathic steering give the car supremely engaging handling and keeps you connected to the road. When you need to slow down, the available carbon-ceramic brakes provide unyielding stopping power that's frankly overkill for street use.
The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S does not disappoint at the Track
How quick is the new Porsche 911? With no testable cars in the United States, we flew to Germany to find out.Our 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S (992 generation) test car hit 60 mph in 3.0 seconds flat and tripped the quarter-mile lights in 11.3 seconds at 125 mph.
A high-revving 414-hp 4.0-liter flat-six paired to one of the best six-speed manuals ever created completes the 718 Spyder formula. The shifter has satisfying short throws and a clutch that tells you exactly where it catches, giving the driver an extra layer of connection with the vehicle. When you combine that with the sonorous flat-six, which goes from baritone to full-on banshee wail, you get one of the most sophisticated powertrains combinations available.
Together, the chassis and powertrain make the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder come alive in your hands. On Angeles Crest Highway, it cuts through corners like a scalpel. Instantaneous turn-ins, prodigious grip, and zero body roll cause your grin to grow as you carve through the road. Downshift and head straight into driving nirvana as the engine screams to its 8,000-rpm redline.
Despite the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder having a performance-focused chassis, it rides surprisingly well over broken pavement. Sure, it's stiff, and a big bump or two will bounce you around slightly, but that's a small price for the performance you get. Heck, you could daily drive the 718 Spyder if you wanted to, and your back won't make you pay for it in the long run. It even has a spacious interior with the roof up. Despite the non-reclining bucket seats, people of all sizes can easily get comfortable. Just make sure you're fine with the low seating position because it can hinder side- and rear visibility.
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2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Review: Escaping the 911's ShadowA quick scan of the numbers supports Preuninger's theory of evolution. Compared with the old GT4, power is up by 29 horses to 414 hp at 7,600 rpm, but peak torque is unchanged at 309 lb-ft. Top speed has increased by 5 mph to 188 mph, but the 4.2-second 0-60 time is the same. Then you come across this number: 7 minutes, 28 seconds. That's the lap time Porsche says the 718 Cayman GT4 turned in at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife. This new GT4 is a massive 12 seconds quicker than its predecessor.
In case you need to carry gear, the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder has two cargo areas, the front one being the deeper, more accommodating one for larger items. Small-item storage is limited to the door pockets, a glove box, and a center console, the latter two housing one USB port each. Porsche's PCM interface works well and doesn't have a major learning curve, especially if you tick the box for Apple CarPlay integration (no, it's not standard).
Honesty Remains the Best Policy
If forced to find something to complain about on the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder, it's the six-speed manual's tall gearing. You can hit speeds that'll land you in jail in second and third gear, which, in a way, dampens the fun slightly. I suspect that the high redline requires it calibrated that way, but at the same time, it keeps you from working that sweet shifter. With the new 911's increased performance, there's room for the 718 twins to gain some potency, and reworked gearing may just be the solution.
Few cars give you the same euphoric experience you get driving the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder. With many modern vehicles becoming more like computers with wheels, it's refreshing to pilot a vehicle so balanced and free from overwhelming electronic adjustability. As one of the last purist cars, the 2020 718 Spyder aims to preserve the art of driving in a world so focused on reaching full autonomy. Those with the means to acquire one will be in for a treat every time they get behind the wheel of this automotive masterpiece.
2020 Porsche 718 Spyder first drive: A Boxster with way more bite
Porsche pumps-up the 718 Boxster with drivetrain and chassis components from the Cayman GT4.Ah, summertime. With warmer temperatures and sunny skies, it's the perfect time of year for a new convertible like the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder. Unless, of course, you're in Scotland, where rain and chilly temperatures constitute a typical summer. And as luck would have it, this gray, wet climate is exactly where I'll be testing Porsche's latest droptop.
|2020 Porsche 718 Spyder|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$120,530|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Mid-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door convertible|
|ENGINE||4.0L/414-hp/309-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve flat-6|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3,127 lb (44/56%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||174.5 x 71.0 x 49.6 in|
|0-60 MPH||4.0 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||12.3 sec @ 115.1 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||99 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||1.08 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||23.0 sec @ 0.89 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||Not yet tested|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||Not yet tested|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||Not yet tested|
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S: The Lowest-Priced Taycan So Far .
Porsche debuted the 2020 Taycan EV in Turbo and Turbo S trim, but we always knew the electric sedan’s lineup would add variants below those top models. That expansion has happened earlier than expected—meet the Taycan 4S, the newest electric Porsche. The 4S comes with two battery options and two output levels. The Performance Battery offers 522 horsepower, while the Performance Battery Plus delivers 563. The standard Performance Battery in the 4S has been slightly downsized to 79.2 kWh, but if you opt for the Performance Battery Plus you'll get the same 93.4-kWh two-layer battery featured in the Turbo and Turbo S.
2020 Porsche 718 Spyder First Test: Ultimate Driver’s Delight
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2020 Porsche 718 Spyder
2020 Porsche 718 Spyder First Test: Ultimate Driver's Delight High-revving, naturally aspirated sports cars are a dying breed. The 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder ...