2020 Porsche 718 Cayman Gt4 And 718 Spyder Arrive With 4.0-Liter Flat-Six Engines
The Cayman GT4 is back, and so is the Boxster Spyder. Get excited, folks. This time they’re called the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder (not Boxster) respectively, and the mid-engine Porsches are packing even more punch than before. We absolutely adored the Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder when we drove them a few short years ago, and this duo promises to be better yet.
We’ll talk about them as a pair, because the upgrades are pretty much identical across the board. Sitting amidship is a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat six engine. Porsche says it’s a new engine, and it develops 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque on its way up to an 8,000 rpm redline. The new 4.0-liter is based-on the same family of turbocharged engines in the new 911, but Porsche has re-engineered it for a non-boosted application.
Porsche enthusiasts will be happy to know that both cars come equipped with a six-speed manual transmission only. There’s an auto blip function that can be toggled on and off, so no worries if you’d like to heel and toe on your own. Both the coupe and convertible feature identical 0-60 mph sprints of 4.2 seconds.
Improved suspension is obviously on the table as well. Adaptive dampers with Porsche’s PASM system are standard. The ride height has been lowered 1.18 inches compared to a standard Cayman or Boxster, and the system allows for manual adjustments of camber, toe, ride height and anti-roll bar settings. Just like before, these cars borrow some parts from the 911 GT3. Specifically, these two borrow the front axle and brakes from that car.
We’ll let the photos do most of the talking for the way these things look. In short, they’re exactly what we thought they’d look like, and both are stunning. Porsche developed a new sport exhaust system for both these cars, so we’ll expect them to sound even better than they look. The interior isn’t short on Alcantara, with the material wrapping the steering wheel, shift lever and centers of the seats.
If you want one, we’d suggest you get Porsche on the line quick. They’re available to order now, and will reach dealers in spring 2020. No stringent production limits have been set yet. The 718 Cayman GT4 starts at $100,450, including the $1,250 delivery charge. The 718 Spyder is a hair cheaper at $97,550.