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2020 Porsche 718 Spyder: A more ballistic Boxster

A drivetrain and chassis components shared with the Cayman GT4 make the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder the most ferocious 718 drop-top to date.

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For the first time, the 718 Spyder will share drivetrain and chassis components with the 718 Cayman GT4. 

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A newly developed 4.0-liter, naturally aspirated boxer six-cylinder engine powers the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder. It produces 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. 

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The engine works exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission in the 718 Spyder. Porsche says the drivetrain gets the drop-top to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

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The drivetrain also enables the 718 Spyder to hit a top speed of 187 mph and cover the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds.

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To improve handling, suspension parts such as the shock absorbers, control arms, ball joints and subframes were taken directly from the 911 GT3.

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Compared to the standard Boxster, the Spyder features a ride height more than an inch closer to the ground for a lower center of gravity. 

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The Porsche 718 Spyder rides on staggered 20-inch Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

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Visually, the 718 Spyder sets itself apart from other Boxsters with dual, tapering streamliners on the rear deck. 

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A specific front fascia with bigger air dams, center air outlet and special bypasses on the side of the fascia help improved aerodynamics. 

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The 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder is available to order now with a $96,300 starting price tag. Deliveries are expected to begin next spring. 

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