A 718 Boxster with six-cylinder horizontally opposed and naturally aspirated engine. Obviously. But with 4.0-liter displacement? The question has to be asked: "Does it go?" It goes.
Perfect. Or in other words: the horizontally opposed engine, completely redesigned. Six-cylinder, 4.0-liter displacement, naturally aspirated engine, excellent torque. Clear announcements presented by our broadly grinning engineers.
With its 414 hp, the engine delivers 39 hp more than its predecessors. A variable intake manifold with switchable resonance valves ensures optimal ventilation. As well as direct fuel injection (DFI), integrated dry-sump lubrication and adaptive cylinder control.
The maximum engine speed? 8,000rpm. The maximum torque of 309 lb-ft is from 5,000 to 6,800 rpm. Enough thrust to accelerate the new 718 Spyder to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Irrational: the sprint only ends the other side of the 187 mph mark.
An acoustic exclamation mark: the sound of the new 718 Spyder. Thanks to the precise sport exhaust system with its two clearly separated black tailpipes, to the left and right of the rear diffuser. For an even more powerful sports car sound at the press of a button.
1st gear: start. 2nd gear: acceleration. 3rd gear: raise eyebrows. 4th gear: smile. 5th gear: cheer at the top of your voice. 6th gear: sigh contentedly. And then repeat as often as you like.
The torque transmission in the new 718 Spyder is achieved by the precise 6-speed manual transmission with dual-mass flywheel, optimally designed for power. The movements of the gearshifter are crisp and short. The driving experience is especially active, intense and pure. The dynamic throttle-blip function plays its part in keeping you, and your endorphin levels, busy.
Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) including rear differential lock
In short: PTV improves the dynamic performance. In detail: the integrated rear differential lock enables higher traction and significantly increased lateral dynamics and vehicle stability during load changes in corners and when changing lanes. In addition, when the car is driven assertively into a corner, brake pressure is applied to the inside rear wheel. Consequently, a greater amount of drive torque is distributed to the outside rear wheel, almost pulling the car into the corner. Steering response is improved, agility is increased.
Drifting gently through. Floating along the road on a cloud. A leather armchair on four wheels. To be frank: the new 718 Spyder is nothing like that.
The adaptive GT sports suspension of the new 718 Spyder is designed so that you experience every inch of road as directly as possible. And master every corner. Thanks to the wide toe angle, the streamlined tuning of the shock absorbers and the lowered body, every journey is a wild ride.
The lightweight spring-strut axle at the front is designed in typical GT style, the lightweight spring-strut axle at the rear is adjusted to the high performance of the new 718 Spyder with additional reinforcements and springs as well as specific wheel mounts. Ball joints on both axles also connect the chassis to the body in a particularly streamlined way, enabling an even more precise wheel control. Height, camber, toe angle and the anti-roll bars of the chassis can be adjusted individually. The new 718 Spyder doesn't just remain true to the track. It also remains true to your adrenaline levels – at the next mountain race for example.
Dynamic transmission mounts
The electrically regulated system minimizes perceptible oscillations and the vibration of the entire drivetrain, in particular the engine. It also adjusts the damping force and stiffness to the driving style and road surface conditions. So that the benefits of a hard and a soft engine mounting arrangement can be used. The handling is noticeably more stable and precise during load changes and in fast corners. At the same time, the vertical oscillations of the engine are reduced during acceleration under full load. The results are greater and more uniform drive force at the rear axle, increased traction and faster acceleration. Whenever a less assertive driving style is adopted, the dynamic transmission mounts soften to provide a heightened level of comfort.
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)
This variable damping system offers continuous adjustment of the damping force on each wheel based on the current driving situation and your driving style. At the push of a button, you can choose between two sporty programs: Normal mode for sporty driving on public roads and Sport mode for maximum lateral acceleration and the best possible traction on the race track. The body is also lowered by 30mm for a low vehicle center of gravity. As a result, the pitch and roll are reduced for increased dynamic performance and extraordinary longitudinal and lateral acceleration. The crazy thing: long-distance comfort isn't ignored either.
Porsche Stability Management (PSM)
PSM is an automatic control system for helping to maintain stability at the limits of dynamic driving performance. In addition to the anti-lock braking system (ABS), it includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control (TC). Sensors continuously monitor the direction, speed, yaw velocity and lateral acceleration of the car. Using this information, PSM is able to calculate the actual direction of travel and initiate strategic braking of individual wheels to stop you from deviating from your intended line. What's special about the new 718 Spyder? The sporty tuning with extremely sensitive and accurate regular systems interventions. And systems that can be switched off completely in two stages – a feature previously reserved for the GT models.
Serpentines. Hairpin bends. Gradients. Mountain races have always been a special challenge. At the start of the 1960s, by creating the 718 RS 60 Spyder, Porsche continued to expand the successful concept of the legendary 550 Spyder and its successor models – lightweight, lower center of gravity, mid-mounted engine, great maneuverability – and sparked waves of excitement in countless mountain and long-distance races.
The design language of the 718 RS 60 Spyder was influenced by its function. Be fast, be agile, win races. And exactly this design language can be seen now in the new 718 Spyder. Its unmistakable silhouette with the flyline typical of a midmounted engine, for example. Or the front spoiler: elegantly rounded, flattened, closer to the road. The front fascia is reduced to the basics. Its clearly defined shape with the typical Porsche sweep tells the headwind what it has to do: create optimum tire contact pressure. Especially in the corners.
The highly distinctive front spoiler lip with an additional spoiler in front of the wheel arches reduces the aerodynamic lift on the front axle. The central air intake in the front fascia also optimizes the aerodynamics and channels the air stream up through the air outlet in front of the front lid.
Even the underside of the front spoiler lip has been aerodynamically optimized. Here, the special profiling – similar to a golf ball surface – ensures drag is as low as possible. Air curtains in the front fascia minimize the air turbulence created on the wheels and therefore minimize drag by releasing the inflowing air precisely in front of the wheels from the wheel arches.
The large air intakes with air intake grilles ensure a high cooling capacity. Thanks to the new honeycomb structure of the grilles, these are even more aerodynamically efficient than in previous models.
The design is additionally rounded off by the 20-inch alloys set deeply in the wheel housing that give the performance of the new 718 Spyder a greater contact area with the road, thanks to the sports tires. The typical 718 lines on the doors direct air to the side air intakes. These supply the midmounted engine with fresh air, ensuring that it is efficiently ventilated – if it gets hot.
The rear end of the new 718 shows how perfect irrationality can be. The rear is influenced by the characteristic streamliners that visually carry forward the shape of the black roll-over bars. They lend the new 718 Spyder its unmistakable look and, at the same time, are reminiscent of the silhouette of one or other of its predecessors.
The distinctive rear spoiler between the tinted taillights emphasizes the performance-oriented design. At speeds in excess of 75 mph it automatically extends – and reduces lift for more driving stability.
The dynamic slope of the rear end is made up of the diffuser and the new, concise sport exhaust system. Its two black sport tailpipes are separated further and create the unfiltered sound that, every now and then, silences reason. The new rear diffuser creates a very fast flow on the rear underbody and has a decisive impact on reducing overall lift by 50%. Super sports car technology that makes itself felt every second – in a good way of course.
Let's face it, you'll barely ever want to close it: the partially electric and high-speed compatible, lightweight roof of the new 718 Spyder. It can be opened and closed with ease and enhances the presence of the new 718 Spyder even when closed.
The side profile of the roof is flat and shaped to pass harmoniously into the streamliners over the rear lid. At the rear, the roof tapers into two taut, streamlined fins.
It releases electrically. In a few simple steps, the roof can then be stored under the rear lid – without reducing the luggage compartment volume of course. The roof is also available in two-tone red and black in conjunction with the Classic package. The supplemental safety bars can also optionally be painted in the exterior color.
The 20-inch alloy wheels of the new 718 Spyder are painted in silver color. Upon request, the wheels can also be painted in satin platinum or satin black. The dimensions of the road-approved sport tires are performance orientated. Specifically, 245/35 ZR 20 on 8.5 J × 20 front and 295/30 ZR 20 on 11 J × 20 rear. Multiple contact surfaces and grip with the reduced tread depth increases, however, the risk of hydroplaning on wet surfaces.
We would love to say, "please step in!" but that wouldn't do justice to your first contact with the new 718 Spyder. You slip into it, like a hand into a perfectly fitting glove. Everything fits. Everything is tailored to the driver. Mostly due to the sports car ergonomics, perfected over decades. The elevated center console ensures a short path from the motorsport-typical small GT sport steering wheel to the shortened gear lever and back. Door pull loops emphasize the puristic sporty interior.
The instrument cluster with the three round instruments (typical of the 718) and central tachometer provide the driver with all the information they need fast. The dial faces are black, the needles and increment markings are white, as are the analog and digital stopwatch of the Chrono Package on the dashboard. The center of the tachometer features the 'Spyder' logo.
The dashboard trim strips and the center console are painted in the exterior color. A leather interior with extensive leather, stitching and Alcantara ® items is optionally available. Visual highlight: the dashboard trim strips painted in the exterior color continue on the doors. An interior package with elements made of brushed aluminum in black is also available.
In conjunction with the leather interior, packages with decorative stitching can create contrast in the interior, upon request. They are available in silver color, red or yellow and also include the 'Spyder' logo on the headrests as well as the door pull loops. The seat belts can also be in matching colors if desired.
Nostalgia for the history of the 718 Spyder: the optional interior package Spyder Classic in Bordeaux Red and black. The colors can also be reflected in the roof if desired, and are complemented with extended items in black Alcantara® and GT Silver Metallic painted trim strips.
The seats of the new 718 Spyder also reflect its sporty appeal. The cover, in all seat variants, is in black leather, the seat centers in Alcantara®. The headrests are embroidered with the 'Spyder' logo in different stitching colors according to equipment variant.
Sport seats Plus
The Sport seats Plus, with their sporty streamlined padding and raised side bolsters, provide optimal hold. The backrest can be adjusted electrically and the seat height and fore/aft position can be adjusted mechanically.
Adaptive Sport seats Plus
The adaptive Sport seats Plus go a step further. They complement the Sports seats Plus with an electric 18-way adjustment. The seats can be optimally adapted to meet your needs in terms of seat height, squab and backrest angle, seat depth, fore/aft adjustment and four-way lumbar support. The side bolsters on the seat surface and backrest can also be individually adjusted for precise lateral support on curves and added comfort on long journeys.
Full bucket seats
The full bucket seats are made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) with carbon-weave finish. This provides especially good lateral support at minimal weight. The fore/aft adjustment is manual, the height adjustment is electric.
Even in the 1950s our engineers were a little irrational – in a good way. In 1957, for example, they sent the, then recently tested, 718 RSK Spyder to what is probably the toughest long-distance race in the world; the 24h of Le Mans. One year later it took third and fourth place. Victories in the European Hill-Climb Championship and the Targa Florio followed in 1959. Its direct successor was the 718 RS 60 Spyder. Together they dominated the Hill-Climb Championships for years.
With the optional Spyder Classic interior package, this legend lives on in the new 718 Spyder. Starting with the specific two-tone look in Bordeaux Red and black – on request, also available on the roof of the new 718 Spyder. In contrast: extended items in black Alcantara® as in motorsport. The trim strips painted in GT Silver Metallic contour the expressive color combination with simple elegance, and are reminiscent of the style of historical race cars.
On the race track or on the road: Porsche Connect expands the existing vehicle functions of the 718 Spyder with smart services and apps. All designed to make the connection between driver and car even closer. To improve Porsche fascination. And to overcome the challenges of everyday life, fast and simply.
Porsche Communication Management (PCM)
Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is your central control center for audio and communication. The latest generation features a high-resolution 7˝ touchscreen display which can be used to control many of the vehicle functions. On the move, you can enjoy your favourite music via the CD/DVD drive, SD cards, internal 10GB hard drive (jukebox), the AUX input or the USB connection, for your iPhone®, for example. Or you can simply listen to the radio. Your 718 also enables you to use countless Car Connect Services via smartphone, such as vehicle positioning. The optional smartphone compartment in the center console transfers your mobile phone signal to the external aerial of the car – conserving phone charge and providing optimum reception.
Navigation including Porsche Connect
Thanks to Real-time Traffic Information, the optional navigation module including Porsche Connect gets you to your destination quicker, and offers you numerous Porsche Connect services. You can use all the online functions with the help of the integrated LTE communication module with SIM card reader. In some countries, an integrated LTEcompatible SIM card with data allowance is also included, with which you can use Porsche Connect services such as navigation and infotainment services.*
Sound Package Plus
The Sound Package Plus ensures an excellent sound. The acoustic pattern in the vehicle interior is perfectly adapted to the driver and passengers by the amplifiers integrated into PCM.
BOSE® Surround Sound System
The optional BOSE® Surround Sound system has been specially developed for the 718 models and is optimally tuned to the specific interior acoustics of these particular vehicles. The audio system features 10 loudspeakers and amplifier channels including a patented, 100-watt active subwoofer integral to the vehicle bodyshell. This fully active system set-up enables each individual loudspeaker to be optimally adapted to the vehicle interior. The total output: 505 watts. Should you ever want to drown out the resonant sound of the engine. For whatever reason.
Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System
For even greater listening pleasure: the optional Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System. With a total output of 821 watts and 12 individually controlled loudspeakers, including a 300-watt active subwoofer with class D digital amplifier integrated into the body, it provides a unique sound experience – even with an open roof. Sophisticated high-end audio components, e.g. special ribbon tweeters (air motion transformers, AMT), and a total diaphragm surface area of more than 1,340cm² enable precision playback even at very high sound levels. A wide selection of preset equalizers ensures a first-class audio experience, while a sound conditioner based on microphone technology adapts the sound sensitively and in real time to the driving situation.
Our wealth of experience goes back a long way. Since the very beginning, Porsche has been dedicated to realizing customers' wishes. Known until 1986 as the 'Sonderwunschprogramm', then Porsche Exclusive – and now Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.
We love what we do. We love our work. Every stitch, every square inch of leather and every other fine detail receives the same devotion. We transfer our experience and passion to the vehicle, together with your inspiration – thereby bringing dreams to life. Directly on the shop floor.
None of this would be possible without originality, enthusiasm and attention to detail, beginning as early as the consultation stage. Because we keep one thing in mind above all else: meeting your individual requirements, thereby turning 'a Porsche' into 'your Porsche'.
How do we fulfil these requirements? With composure and care – by means of precision craftsmanship and the use of exquisite materials such as leather, carbon or Alcantara®. The result: a product born of dedication and craftsmanship. In other words, a blend of sportiness, comfort and design that reflects your own personal taste. A Porsche bearing your signature touch.
We offer a wide range of refinement options. Both visual and technical. For the interior and exterior. From a single alteration to extensive modifications. Because your inspiration is our passion.
Take inspiration from our examples on the following pages and visit www.porsche.com/exclusive-manufaktur to learn all about how to configure these extraordinary vehicles.
The safety concept consists of a stiffness optimization of the body construction, two-piece roll-over protection and two full-size airbags that go off in two stages depending on the type and severity of the accident. Porsche Side Impact Protection (POSIP), comprising side impact protection elements in the doors, thorax airbag integrated into the side bolster of each seat and head airbag for driver and passengers in each door panel ensures additional protection. In short: greater safety – even with an open roof.
They say with great power comes great responsibility. That's when the brakes of the new 718 Spyder, derived directly from the 911 GT3, come into play. Specifically, front sixpiston, rear four-piston aluminum monobloc fixed brake calipers with red finish. For greater inherent stability and faster response when applying and releasing the brake, even under extreme loads. The composite brake discs, adapted to the high power output, have a 380mm diameter at the front and rear. They are internally vented and crossdrilled for high thermal load and good responsiveness – even in the wet.
Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB)
Motorsport tested: the optionally available Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB). With their particularly large brake disc diameters, 410mm at the front and 390mm at the rear, they offer even greater braking performance. The use of six-piston aluminum monobloc fixed brake calipers on the front axle and four-piston aluminum monobloc fixed brake calipers at the rear all with yellow finish, ensures extremely high, and above all constant, braking pressure. PCCB enables shorter braking distances in even the toughest road and race conditions. The main benefit of the ceramic braking system is its extremely low weight. The brake discs are approximately 50% lighter than cast-iron discs of a similar design and size.
As well as enhancing driving performance and fuel economy, this reduces unsprung and rotating masses. Which results in better roadholding and increased comfort, particularly on uneven roads.
So that you know what's coming towards you, the new 718 Spyder is fitted with Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights as standard. Bi-Xenon headlights in black with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) are optionally available.
Specs reflect base model unless otherwise noted.
|Design and cylinders (Manual)||Naturally aspirated boxer 6|
|Bore (Manual)||102.0 mm|
|Stroke (Manual)||81.5 mm|
|Displacement (Manual)||4.0 l|
|Max. power (Manual)||414 hp|
|Max. power at rpm (Manual)||7,600 rpm|
|Max. engine speed (Manual)||8,000 rpm|
|Max. torque (Manual)||309 lb-ft|
|Max. torque at rpm (Manual)||5,000 - 6,800 rpm|
|Max. power per liter (Manual)||103.5 hp/l|
|Power-to-weight ratio (Manual)||7.8 lb/hp|
|Top track speed (Manual)||187 mph|
|0 - 60 mph (Manual)||4.2 s|
|Width w/ mirrors folded||70.9 in|
|Drag coefficient (Cd)||0.34|
|Front track||60.6 in|
|Rear track||60.4 in|
|Turning radius (Manual)||37.5 ft|
|Curb weight (Manual)||3,205 lb|
|Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) (Manual)||3,792 lb|
|Maximum load (Manual)||587 lb|
|Front luggage compartment volume||5.2 ft³|
|Rear luggage compartment volume (Manual)||4.2 ft³|
|Fuel tank (Manual)||16.9 gal|
|Limited vehicle warranty (Manual)||4 years/50,000 miles (whichever comes first) including 24-hour roadside assistance program|
|Main service interval (Manual)||Porsche Cars North America offers service and maintenance packages in a variety of terms to match your intended usage. Please see your authorized Porsche Dealer for details and availability.|
|Limited paint warranty (Manual)||4 years/50,000 miles (whichever comes first)|
|Limited corrosion warranty (Manual)||12 years/ unlimited miles|
|EPA Disclaimer||EPA estimates not yet available.|