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Reviews 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder Review: Drop-Top Makes No Sacrifices

00:53  18 october  2019
00:53  18 october  2019 Source:   motortrend.com

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The 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder is the real deal, an open- top , mid-engine sports car that channels the spirit of the legendary race-bred 550 Spyder and 718 RS 60 roadsters. Sure, Porsche has produced modern riffs on the theme over the past few years, like the 987-series Boxster RS60 and the

The Porsche 718 Spyder is expensive, and its convertible top is kind of a pain in the ass to operate. It makes 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque, and is offered exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission. 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder is the Boxster, but better.

The 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder is the real deal, an open-top, mid-engine sports car that channels the spirit of the legendary race-bred 550 Spyder and 718 RS 60 roadsters. Sure, Porsche has produced modern riffs on the theme over the past few years, like the 987-series Boxster RS60 and the 981-series Boxster Spyder. But these have been cars that, in truth, have merely toyed with the idea of the ultimate, open-top, mid-engine performance Porsche. No toying here: The 2020 718 Spyder is nothing less than a 718 Cayman GT4 minus the roof.

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Our first drive of the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder , the highest-possible Boxster available. It's the first The Spyder may be less track oriented, but it still features aerodynamic enhancements intended for Worse still, the Spyder roof and its tiny plastic window make rear visibility worse (thank goodness for

The 718 Spyder is powered by the same 414-hp 4.0-liter flat-six as the GT4, and has the same six-speed manual transmission. The suspension hardware is identical, from the lightweight struts and springs, to the ultra-stiff ball joints and 1.18-inch lower ride height. Identical, too, are the standard 15-inch steel brakes and 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 245/35 ZR20 and 295/30 ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires front and rear, along with the mechanical limited-slip differential and standard torque-vectoring-by-brake.

The 718 Spyder is the first open-top car developed by GT model line director Andreas Preuninger's team. Key to the concept is the rigid structure of the Boxster on which it is based, a car developed from scratch as an open-top vehicle, and not a Cayman with the roof cut off and some extra bracing added. That's why Porsche claims the Spyder weighs exactly the same (3,130 pounds dry) as the GT4. And—no surprise—the Spyder's performance is nearly identical. It matches the GT4's 4.2-second 0-60 time and reaches a top speed of 187 mph, just 1 mph slower.

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The 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder is one of these relics. At the limit, the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder remains benign. Testing director Kim Reynolds enjoyed its controllability and strong brakes, both of Just make sure you're fine with the low seating position because it can hinder side- and rear visibility.

The Porsche 718 line-up at a glance. As we’ve become accustomed to over the years, Porsche ’s 718 -series sports car is available in both hardtop Cayman and drop - top Boxster guises. Encouragingly, the four-cylinder boxer engines that left many keen drivers a touch cold are now joined by 4.0-litre flat

a car parked on the side of a road: 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder 13 © Motor Trend Staff 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder 13

Major visual changes over the regular Boxster include the GT4 front and rear fascias, and a new decklid with vestigial '50s-style streamliner humps behind the rear seat. As with the 981 Spyder, the 718 features a manually operated bikini roof to save weight. One upgrade for 2020: The roof can now be ordered in red cloth as well as black.

Those front and rear fascias aren't there for show: As on the GT4, they are functional aerodynamic aids. Bypass ducts on the outer edges of the front fascia direct airflow to exit in front of the front wheels to counteract turbulence in the wheel housings and generate downforce on the front axle. The central opening guides the airflow upward through the center radiator to an outlet in front of the front luggage compartment lid. An additional Gurney flap generates a vacuum that sucks air from the outlet. The front spoiler lip has also been redesigned; the underside is dimpled like a golf ball so the airflow clings more closely to the surface, reducing drag. NACA ducts in the underbody panel supply cooling air to the engine compartment without increasing drag.

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Cars Reviews Porsche Porsche 718 Porsche Boxster Convertible Sports cars Cool fast cars 2019. And Porsche made sure that purists won’t be disappointed by dropping the turbocharged four-flat engines to return to the June 15, 2018 - Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder caught with its top down.

The 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder is the real deal, an open- top , mid-engine sports car that channels the spirit of the legendary race-bred 550 Spyder and 718 RS 60 roadsters. Sure, Porsche has produced modern riffs on the theme over the past few years, like the 987-series Boxster RS60 and the

As the Spyder doesn't get the GT4's giant fixed rear wing, the rear diffuser plays an even more important role in the car's aerodynamics. Porsche says the 718 Spyder is the first Boxster model to generate downforce on the rear axle, and 50 percent of it comes from the diffuser (compared with 30 percent on the GT4). At speeds above 75 mph, a rear spoiler deploys automatically to further increase downforce.

The Spyder drives with the same intoxicating verve as the GT4: precise, poised, light on its feet, dancing down the road or around the track. You get the same rich dialog through the steering wheel from the front tires, the same superb stability under the brakes, the same alert response to steering and throttle inputs, and the same delightful balance through corners. With more overall downforce, the GT4 will be quicker on the track. But with the roof down on your favorite back road, the Spyder is arguably a more vivid experience, the echoing snarl of the 4.0-liter flat-six overlaying a rush of colors and aromas flooding into the cabin.

a car parked on the side of a road © Motor Trend Staff

We didn't get much chance to enjoy the 718 Spyder al fresco. A soggy Scottish summer's day meant we spent most of our nearly 200-mile loop north of Edinburgh driving with the roof up, windshield wipers clearing the view ahead. Under the conditions, the Spyder proved even more surprisingly civilized on the road than its coupe cousin. The roof might be only partially lined, with a plastic rear window, but it stays snug and taut at freeway speeds, and wind noise is remarkably low. And, like the GT4, the combination of 414 hp and low mass means the Spyder is the perfect road warrior, quick and clean and neat in traffic, fast and sure-footed when you have the road to yourself.

We've saved the best bit for last. At $97,650 the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder, which arrives in U.S. Porsche dealerships in spring 2020, is $2,900 cheaper than the Cayman GT4. That's the only thing GT4-lite about it.

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