A Boxster with Way More Bite: 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder
With summer now here, it’s a great time to drive a convertible, and a perfect choice is the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder. Even if you don’t have sunny skies you will still get a thrill driving the 718 Spyder. Even sitting still the Spyder has a unique look with the radiator heat exhaust port just ahead of the hood and side air bypass vents that move air out ahead of the front wheels to improve downforce. The rear spoiler activates at 75 MPH and along with the rear diffuser offers owners the first Boxster member to actively create rear axle downforce. There is also the dual humps behind the seats which pay homage to the Porsche 550 Spyder and the two previous Boxster Spyders.
There are other visual changes from other Boxsters. They include the Spyder logo embroidered on the headrests, the door scuff plates, and the center tachometer gauge cluster. Fabric door pulls are used instead of traditional door handles. Alcantara is used on the steering wheel, armrests, and seat inserts.
Technology is up-to-date in the 718 Spyder with its 7-inch Porsche Communication Management infotainment system, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, and dual USB ports. Available features include navigation, traffic information, a WiFi hotspot, and Apple CarPlay. A rear camera with parking assist is standard. There are two audio upgrades available from Bose and Burmester.
Performance comes from a new 4.0 liter Boxster six-cylinder engine sitting amidships for weight balance. It develops 414 HP and 309 lb-ft of torque resulting in 0-60 MPH time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 187 MPH. With its 8,000 RPM redline, the driver can fully enjoy the standard manual six-speed gearbox. Engine efficiency is improved by a new stop/start system and cylinder deactivation technology that allows the Boxster engine to run on three cylinders. The suspension and running gear are taken directly from the 2020 Cayman GT4. Its subframes, ball joints, control arms, and dual-setting adaptive dampers (Normal and Sport) are taken from the 911 GT3 which results in a 1.18-inch lower ride height than the standard Boxster.
If you are looking for a sports convertible which will offer you a great ride with the top up or down, come to Manhattan Motorcars, located at 711 11th Avenue in New York, and ask about the new 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder.