Porsche has announced the arrival of the 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4 in India today. The Spyder has been priced at Rs 1.59 crore (ex-showroom) while the Cayman GT4 retails at 1.63 crore (ex-showroom). Both these mid-engined machines feature a newly developed 414bhp, four-litre, six-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine. The icing on the cake though has to be the traditional six-speed manual transmission. Whilst the GT4 represents the entry-level GT road model from Porsche, the Spyder is geared towards open-top, dynamic driving on curvy routes.
Ashish Kaul, Head of Sales at Porsche India, said: “Porsche India introduces two emotional and powerful models to the market, using a naturally aspirated powertrain that is based on the turbo engines in the current 911 Carrera model series. The 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder are about unrivalled driving fun and sheer emotions. They are the perfect sports car for those who like to push the limits and enjoy a racing pulse. We are very excited to offer these purist’s models to our customers here in India. With a limited allocation for our market, the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder will be a rare and very special sight on our streets.”
At the heart of both models is the new four-litre, six-cylinder engine which spins to 8,000 rpm and generates 414bhp. It delivers a maximum torque of 420Nm from 5,000 to 6,800 rpm. Porsche claims a top speed of 304kmph for the Cayman GT4 and 301kmph for the Spyder. Both can do the 0-100kmph in just 4.4 seconds. Furthermore, the 718 Cayman GT4 is said to have improved aerodynamics which produces up to 50 percent more downforce without affecting drag. The fixed rear wing is not only a visual highlight but also produces around 20 percent more downforce compared to its predecessor.
The new 718 Spyder is distinguished by a lightweight convertible top that provides a silhouette reminiscent of its famous predecessors. Unlike the GT4, the 718 Spyder has a rear spoiler that automatically rises at 120kmph and thanks to the functional diffuser, it is also the first model in the Boxster family to generate aerodynamic downforce over the rear axle.
For the first time, the 718 Spyder benefits from the high-performance GT chassis of the 718 Cayman GT4. A more traditional yet involving driving experience is achieved through the refined lightweight spring-strut front and rear axles. The Porsche Active Suspension Management damping system lowers the ride height by 30mm which also lowers the car’s centre of gravity and improves its lateral dynamics potential. It has been designed primarily for use on the racetrack and sharpens the overall handling characteristics of both models.
The Porsche Stability Management (PSM) operates with even greater sensitivity and precision but for the purists who enjoy their track days, it can also be deactivated. Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear differential lock further enhances the longitudinal and lateral dynamics as well as cornering performance.
Stopping duties are handled by large aluminium monobloc fixed-calliper brakes. The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is also available as an option. What do you make of Porsche’s latest additions? Let us know in the comments section down below!