With historical links to the 'James Dean' 1953 Porsche 550 Spyder, the latest Spyder ditches its four-cylinder turbo engine and gets a new six-cylinder naturally-aspirated boxer engine. This 301km/h roadster is a magnificent machine, combining striking visuals with compelling dynamics.
The Porsche 718 Spyder is one of the finest-handling mid-engined roadsters available today. Benefitting from the all the lessons Porsche has learned on the race track and borrowing a few chassis parts from the Porsche 911 GT3 the new model is designed to be punished, again and again.
While its racetrack pedigree is not in doubt, lapping the Nurburging in just 7min30sec, the new Porsche Spyder generates ridiculous grip through its Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, thanks to a little help from adaptive dampers too.
The new Porsche 718 Spyder also ditches its four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine for a bigger naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre flat six-cylinder engine that manifests a beautifully linear power delivery and an 8000rpm rev limit.
Shunting 309kW at 7600rpm and 420Nm at 5000rpm to the rear axle via six-speed manual transmission, the Spyder is fast.
This car blasts to a top speed of 301km/h with the cloth roof up or down and accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds. The only sore point with the Porsche 718 Spyder is the fiddly roof system that requires a PhD in origami to figure out…