The Porsche 718 Spyder is expensive, and its convertible top is kind of a pain in the ass to operate. With that out of the way, let me tell you about one of the finest sports cars I've ever driven, the Porsche 718 Spyder.
This isn't just a more powerful Boxster. The standard 718's turbocharged, flat-four engine is gone. In its place, there's a newly developed, 4.0-liter, naturally aspirated flat-6, which is essentially a bored-out, turbo-less version of the 3.0-liter H6 that powers the new 911 Carrera. It makes 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque, and is offered exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission.
Porsche's spec sheet claims the 718 Spyder can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. But that's not the number that matters. Instead, focus on the 8,000-rpm redline, and the fact that the 4.0-liter engine absolutely loves it if you rev the bejesus out of it in each gear. I don't really care how quick the Spyder is in a straight line -- though make no mistake, it's certainly no slouch. More than that, though, I love that you can punch the throttle at 6,000 rpm in second gear and slam it into third as the needle kisses 8,000, the flat-six engine screaming behind you. It's this powerplant's best attribute.
The Good The 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder's 4.0-liter flat-6 engine is a total gem, and its sharp handling and excellent balance make it a fantastic partner for long stretches of winding roads.
The Bad It's the most expensive Boxster by a long shot, and the manual fabric top is a little tricky to operate at first.
The Bottom Line The 718 Spyder takes the inherent balance of the Porsche Boxster and elevates it to a truly different level. This is one of Porsche's finest sports cars.
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