Porsche 718 Spyder Debuts with Flat-Six Engine and Sub-$100K Price
It’s been three years since Porsche redesigned the Boxster and we’re finally witnessing the return of the iconic Spyder model. First introduced in 2009 and relaunched in 2015, the Boxster returns wearing the iconic "718" badge, which makes it the first car to wear the full name of its spiritual predecessor, the 718 Spyder of the 1960s. Just like the previous Boxster Spyder, the new sports car features a flat-six engine, as surprising choice given that the current 718 Boxster is a turbo, flat-four-only vehicle.
Porsche 911 Speedster Quirks and Features
Teased in one way or another for the last two years, the Porsche 911 Speedster finally showcased its gorgeous body at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Revealed in red, the glorious 911 celebrates the 70th anniversary of the production of rear-engine sports cars, and it is the most extreme representation of philosophy once started with the fantastic 356. With such an important job to do and an incredible heritage to justify, the new Porsche 911 Speedster - the ninth Speedster overall - is the best the 991.2 generation can possibly offer.
For that matter, Porsche garnished it with the latest technology and epic throwback easter eggs that elevate the 911 Speedster unique qualities. This is the list of the most unusual Porsche 911 Speedster’s quirks and features.
Porsche finally unveiled the new 911 Speedster to the world, reinstating a name that echoes the halls with history and reminds us of great models past. Based on the 991.2 generation of 911, it represents the absolute best the past generation can offer (remember, Porsche just introduced the 992, 2019 Porsche 911 this year). Featuring that unique double bubble rear deck, the new speedster celebrates the 70th anniversary of rear-engined sports cars and harkens back to the original Porsche 356 Speedster. This lady in red really got our engines running, so we figured we’d make it our wallpaper of the day. We don’t have too many wallpaper choices, but we’ve picked out our favorite and added a small gallery to the bottom of this page. Also, if you want to know everything there is to know about the new 911 Speedster, check out our recent 2020 Porsche 911 Speedster Quirks and Features article – we promise that you’ll be happy you did!
2018 Porsche 718 GTS Unveiled
Porsche just announced new GTS iterations for the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, offering more power, more standard equipment, and blacked-out exterior trim. The star of the show is the mid-mounted, turbocharged, 2.5-liter flat-four engine, which gets a power boost thanks to a new intake plenum and turbo optimization. Peak output now comes 365 horsepower, a 15-horse increase compared to the existing 718 S. Making the cog swaps is a standard six-speed manual, although a seven-speed PDK automatic is also available. Torque is rated at 317 pound-feet if you get the PDK and 309 pound-feet for the manual. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 3.9 seconds with the PDK, while top speed is rated at 180 mph.
Helping it corner is a standard mechanical rear-differential lock and Porsche Torque Vectoring. The Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Active Suspension Management, and a sport exhaust are also standard.
Aesthetically, the new GTS models get black 20-inch wheels, as well as a tweaked front fascia, tinted lights, black badges and trim, and black tips for the exhaust. Inside, you get a standard chronometer on the dash, as well as standard sport seating with the GTS logo embroidered into the headrests. Alcantara is the material of choice for the upholstery, and can also be found on the steering wheel, center console, and armrests.
Pricing starts at $79,900 for the Cayman and $81,900 for the Boxster, which is about $26,000 more than the standard models. Order books are open now, with deliveries expected for March of next year.
When Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show we were all in amazement. Within that amazement was a sense of a sense of pessimism, as we were unsure exactly how this future successor to the Carrera GT would look and run in the real world. We all know that manufacturers have a habit of “overestimating” its cars at these shows, to put it nicely.
After more than three years, the 918 Spyder ended its testing phase and is ready for its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 918 has made many passes around the “Green Hell,” thrashing its predecessor’s time in the process. All of these laps around the famed Nürburgring and at Porsche’s test facilities have given the automaker enough details to allow it to piece together all of its specs.
So, is the 918 Spyder everything it has been hyped up to be?
Updated 07/07/2016: Porsche dropped a new video of the 918 Spyder showing the hybrid supercar in action at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Hit "play" to watch it!
Click past the jump to read our review and find out.
New Porsche 718 Boxster Unveiled
It’s been two decades since Porsche first gave us the Boxster, and now Stuttgart is revitalizing the old standby mid-engine roadster with a new generation. It’s called the Porsche 718, and it takes inspiration from the winning flat-four-engined cars of the ‘50s and ‘60s. More importantly, it’s sharper, more powerful, and of course, even faster than the outgoing Boxster.
Let’s start with the powerplant. Customers will have two new engines to choose from, starting with a turbo 2.0-liter in the base 718 Boxster. Output is rated at 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque between 1,950 and 4,500 rpm. Next up is the 718 Boxster S, which gets a turbo 2.5-liter with 350 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque between 1,900 rpm and 4,500 rpm.
Those are significant gains over the outgoing model, which makes the 718 faster, too. Equip the base model with the optional PDK transmission and Sport Chrono Package, and you’re looking at a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, a 0.7-second improvement. Top speed is 170 mph, an 8-mph gain. Put the PDK and Sport Chrono Package on the S, and 0-to-60 mph is dispatched in 4.0 seconds (half a second quicker), while top speed is 177 mph (5 mph faster). Interestingly, Porsche claims both engines are also more efficient, and will provide exact EPA figures at a later date.
A six-speed manual comes standard. To complement the new engines, Porsche retuned the suspension and upgraded the brakes. The electric steering is now 10 percent quicker. Lateral acceleration enthusiasts are encouraged to opt for the Porsche Active Suspension Management system, which lowers ride height by 10 mm on the base model and 20 mm on the S.
Aesthetically, Porsche says it changed every body panel except the luggage compartment lids, windshield, and convertible top. There are larger intakes up front, as well as new headlights with a bi-xenon lighting element and LED DRLs. Full LED headlights with four-point DRLs are optional. The S gains standard 19-inch wheels with the option for 20-inchers. The rear is equipped with LED taillights.
Inside, the cabin gains a new dash. A touchscreen, 110-watt stereo, and Porsche Communication Management are standard, while navigation with voice control is optional.
The 718 and 718 S will arrive in U.S. dealerships late this June. Pricing starts at $56,000 for the base model, and $68,400 for the S. Expect a public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Porsche has spent years working on the 911, but while that might be its ultimate sports car, the Boxster is one of its best sellers. When the Boxster debuted in 1997, enthusiasts first saw it as a disgrace to the Porsche name, as it was smaller and not as powerful as the iconic 911. The second-gen Boxster hit the market for the 2015 model year with a light nip-and-tuck job on the exterior and a huge overhaul on the inside. In 2013, the third-gen Boxster arrived with another evolutionary change to the body and a revised cabin. This look carries into the 2015 model year with only minor changes.
The Boxster and its hardtop sibling, the Cayman, are now an accepted part of the Porsche family. In fact, some enthusiasts consider them better driving than the 911, thanks to their mid-mounted engine, as opposed to the 911’s rear-mounted unit.
This belief that the Boxster may be a better driver was only compounded with the release of the GTS model for 2014. This model gained 20-inch wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management and the Sport Chrono package. Oh, and I almost forgot that the GTS gained an extra 35 horses and 7 pound-feet of twist to go with its better handling.
Updated 07/03/2014: Porsche announced a series of upgrades for the 2015 Boxster which is now on sale. Changes include new exterior colors, new two-tone leather and a series of new options.
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One of the most notable and memorable of the early Porsche cars is the Speedster. This car actually came into existence at the insistence of U.S. distributor Max Hoffman. He was able to convince Ferdinand Porsche that there was a market for a “stripper” car. A stripper is essentially a barebones Roadster that could be easily converted into a racing specification car without too much trouble. The low level of standard equipment also kept prices low, leaving you more budget for race gear and modifications.
This particular Black Speedster here carries a particularly special heritage. It was owned by none other than James Dean, twice. Dean bought the car to race in SCCA competition, but after a few years he sold it to a car collector named Bruce Meyers. Later in 1974 Dean bought the car back from Bruce. This particular model does not wear a Speedster badge as Dean had it removed from the car during his first ownership.
Porsche dropped the Speedster model from the 356 lineup in 1959 in favor of building the newer Convertible D cars. Only 3,122 of Speedsters were ever constructed.
When the cars first entered production there were powered by a 1.5-liter flat-four engine that produced 64 horsepower. Before the production ended, you could order a race-ready Carrera spec model with 128 horsepower. With the proper gearing in the transmission, a Speedster could reach speeds of over 125 mph, making it one of the fastest cars of the era.
Dean’s car here was a mid-range “Super” model that managed 88 horsepower from its 1.6-liter engine. The car is still in Dean’s family under the ownership of his son, Chad.
Few companies cater to the petrol-head quite like Porsche. Sure Ferrari provides excitement, and Lamborghini is the maestro of theater, but Porsche has cornered the market on feel and precision.
Beyond that, Porsche also seems to demonstrate a peculiar, un-German ability to create cars that are very pretty. Not the sensual beauty the Italians have mastered, but still pretty.
Late last year the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh decided that Porsche had done so much in the field of design, that it deserved to be recognized. They then began the laborious task of collecting an eclectic assortment of metal from the brand’s storied history; from the Type 64 of 1938 up to the 911 GTS R Hybrid race car.
As a man with a slight fetish for German autos, the exhibit intrigued me. The NCMA is only a six-hour drive from my house, through some of the most beautiful roads and scenery in the U.S., and I had just been granted the keys to a 2014 Porsche Cayman S.
It was a recipe that sounded like a Porsche enthusiast’s perfect weekend.
Read on to find out more about my journey, the Cayman S and the NCMA exhibit.
To say that the Porsche 918 Spyder is just another supercar is pretty inaccurate. For one, it’s the most powerful vehicle Porsche has ever built. And another thing: it’s combination of power, speed, fuel economy and low emissions is nearly unrivaled, so much so that even with 918 models priced at over $800,000 a piece, it’s already nearly sold out.
Speaking of sold out, a lot of the customers that paid for the 918 Spyder appear to reside here in the U.S. That’s why Porsche has said that America will receive the biggest allotment of 918 Spyders than any other country with up to 190 models headed our way.
That probably explains why Porsche has taken to great lengths to promote the 918 Spyder in the U.S. Numerous promotional events held in the United States over the past two years, and soon enough, a lot of these actual supercars will be calling the Land of the Free their home.
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Now this is a ride we have been waiting to see for a very long time!
Chris Harris - our favorite presenters when it comes to reviewing performance cars - was invited by Porsche to test a pre-production version of the 918 Spyder. Of course, when you receive an invitation like this, you forget the fact that you are not testing the finished car, that there is no time to prepare and that you only get three laps in the driver’s seat; you just take the first plane and go for the quick spin.
So, what do you think, was Harris impressed by the upcoming 918 Spyder? We bet he was, after all the 918 Spyder is powered by a V-8 engine combined with a pair of electric engines, one powering the front axle and one on the rear.
This system delivers a total of 887 horsepower and 920 pound-feet of torque and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph.
One of our favorite parts was watching the Porsche rep in the passenger’s seat as Harris whipped the crap out of the Automaker’s £20 million project. It looked like he was on the verge of tears at certain points.
In a recent interview with British magazine CAR, Porsche’s product manager James Eastwood offered new details on the company’s new limited-edition supercar: the 918 Spyder. According to Eastwood, the company has no plans in transforming the 918 Spyder into a competitor for models like LaFerrari or McLaren P1.
Eastwood said that the 918 Spyder is heavier at 3,747 pounds and a little less powerful, but more fuel efficient than both the other two supercars. Also, he said that in “certain conditions” the 918 Spyder will be a little bit faster than the P1 and Laferrari. It will be especially faster in and out of corners, thanks to its Torque Vectoring.
The 918 Spyder will also be offered with the same four-wheel-steering system we saw in the GT3; in fact, the system was developed for the 918 and adopted to the GT3.
The 918 Spyder is priced at about $845,000 for the base model, or $929,000 when equipped with the Weissach Package. Even with the price hike, half of the customer opted for this package because it reduces the car’s total weight by 110 pounds. Eastwood confirmed one more time that even though the model is still not sold out like the other two supercars, the company is not worried that it won’t manage to sell them all.
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When Porsche announced prices for the upcoming 918 Spyder, it was also reported that the supercar was sold out. Apparently that’s not true, as Porsche head of R&D, Wolfgang Hatz reported that the hybrid supercar is not yet sold out. He also made it quite clear that it will sell out quickly once prospective buyers have the chance to test the supercar.
Speaking with AutoCar at the Shanghai Auto Show, Hatz said that the car’s high price may be the reason why the company still has some units left. Hatz also reported that up to this point, the company has sold more 918 units than it had at the same point in the launch process of the Carrera GT. With that comparison, Porsche certainly has the right to be confident.
Hatz also reported that it is not correct to compare the 918 Spyder with models like 2014 LaFerrari and McLaren P1, because, "at present, nobody outside our R&D group has experienced a super sports car with more electric power."
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Tiff Needell has put face to face two models that have kept themselves in headlines in the past few months: theJaguar F-Type and the new-generation Porsche 911 Cabrio. To keep the battle fair, Needell had to opt for the F-Type V6 S version; a model that delivers a total of 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque.
Even so, the 911 Cabrio has quite a disadvantage, as it only delivers 345 horsepower - 35 horsepower less than the F-Type. But the F-Type is about 353 pounds heavier, so it looks like we are in for quite a fair fight, or are we? Check out the above video to see which of the two roadsters is the fastest!
Regardless of which one wins, we wouldn’t mind having either one at our disposal, despite the fact that we definitely prefer the looks of the F-Type. Enjoy!
Youtube user, NM2255, managed to shoot another great video: a Porsche 918 Spyder caught at the Top Marques Monaco event. The prototype caught in Monaco was wearing a matte black paint with Martini Racing livery and racing number "23."
The production version 918 Spyder will be powered by a hybrid system that combines a 570-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8 engine with a pair of electric motors – one powering the front axle and one on the rear – that pump out 85 kW (114 horsepower) and 95 kW (127 horsepower), respectively. According to Porsche, the 918 Spyder will offer a driving range of 15 miles in electric-only driving mode and can hit a top speed of 202 mph when the gasoline engine and electric motors are working together.
The new 918 Spyder will be put on sale in September 2013 and pricing will start at $845,000.
Until now, the new-generation Porsche Boxster hasn’t had a special edition released, but the first one has been announced today and it comes from Netherlands. This special model is called Red 7 and, as you probably have guessed it by its name, it is all about the color red and will be limited to only seven units.
The model has been designed by Porsche Exclusive Course and features a very cool Indian Red exterior paint combined with matte Platinum on the hood and trunk lid. The interior combines very cool black leather with Guard Red inserts and a special "personally built for 7" logo. Each customer will also get a matching protective cover and a coffee-table book with photos of the production process.
The new Red 7 will also be offered with a sports suspension that lowers the car’s ride and a sports exhaust system.
Hit the jump to read more about the standard Porsche Boxster.
When Porsche announced the initial specifications for the upcoming 918 Spyder, it announced a combined output of 795 horsepower.
Apparently, that was a little bit off, as it is now rumored that the supercar will be significantly better than initially claimed. The output will go somewhere in the 875-horsepower area, the weight will be lower and the Nürburgring time will be under 7 minutes.
Also, one buyer said at the Goodwood Festival of Speed said that he has seen the final production version, and when compared to it, both the LaFerrari and McLaren P1 look “mediocre.” Also, the same buyer claims that while everyone thinks they know how the supercar looks like, we are all in for a huge surprise when the production model drops.
The buyer also stated that the 918 Spyder will be a targa model and "will travel at 150 kms on electric alone." This can be taken one of two ways. The first way is that he means it delivers an electric-only range of about 150 kilometers (93 miles) — a rather stout number. The second meaning is that it has a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph).
The new Porsche 918 Spyder will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
German tuner, RUF Automobile, unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show an updated 3800S kit based on the thelatest-generation Porsche Boxster and Cayman models. The kit includes both exterior and engine upgrades and it is available now.
Under the hood, the model received an updated 3.8-liter flat-six engine that delivers a total of 420 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque at 5,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a double-clutch transmission and sends its all power to the rear wheels.
Once the job under the hood was done, the tuner continued with updating the exterior look. RUF is offering an aerodynamic kit that includes new front and rear bumpers, and an updated rear diffuser. The last piece of the tuning is the new set of alloys in a five-spoke design and painted in black.
The interior can also be upgraded with better quality materials, like Alcantara or carbon fiber.
Prices for the new kit will be announced at a later date.
Until now, we have seen lots of images of the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder, but all of them were images of the prototype versions. Today, however, the first leaked images of the production version have dripped their way on the internet via the leak-happy Chinese patent office.
As no surprise, the production version looks pretty similar to the concept versions, but it has finally received its door handles, mirrors, indicator lights, seat belts, a slightly different front bumper and redesigned air intakes in the front bumper. Also, the exhaust pipes are now placed in the right position and not on the car’s side as in the concept versions.
Under the hood, the 918 Spyder will combine a 4.6-liter V-8 engine delivering a total of 570 horsepower with an electric motor that adds an extra 200 horsepower.
The production version will debut in September 2013 and will be priced at about $1 million.
Porsche is currently testing the upcoming 918 Spyder at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain and the folks over Top Exotics were lucky enough to be in the area. Top Exotics caught not just one 918 Spyder, but a trio of the supercars on their way back to the hotel after a long day at the high-speed track. The video shows the hybrid car both in race and electric mode, and some interior shots.
The 918 Spyder will go on sale in the fall of 2013 with a starting price of $845,000. The supercar will combine a 4.6-liter V-8 engine with a pair of electric motors – one powering the front axle and one on the rear. This hybrid system will deliver a total of 795 horsepower and, according to Porsche, will hit a top speed of 202 mph.
Enjoy the sneak peak!
Finding the right Christmas gifts for your loved ones is often a challenge. Today, however, Porsche decided to offer you a little help, as it has launched a new Driver’s Selection Collection that includes some of the most amazing Christmas gift ideas.
One of them is the 918 Spyder Chronograph - the perfect watch for those who cannot wait for the official launch of the 918 Spyder supercar. The 918 Spyder Chronograph combines robust yet lightweight materials and contemporary design. It features a black carbon dial with Acid Green contrasts - similar to the accents on the 911 Turbo S "Edition 918 Spyder." Other features include: luminescent hands, stopwatch function with split-time measurement and tachometer.
For those of you interested, the watch is priced at £475 - or about $750 at the current exchange rates. And as you probably have guessed it the watch is limited to only 918 units.
With so many Porsche programs being released recently, German tuner SpeedArt isn’t keeping quiet because, lo and behold, they have their own newly revealed package for the mighty little rocket of the Porsche line-up, the Boxster S.
The program is actually a new take on the tuner’s SP81-R program and it comes with a comprehensive aerodynamic package. There’s a new lower front spoiler that makes the Boxster’s front profile look like it’s ready to eat you alive. A diffuser section for the rear bumper has also been added, as was an elevated wing that attaches itself to the stock wing fitted on the Boxster. There are also new clear-coated carbon fiber side sections for the doors and air intakes and finally, a new set of 20" or 21" Multi-piece Light Spoker Competition forged alloy wheels to round out the exterior modifications. Inside, SpeedArt kept the upgrades in check, opting only to finish the carbon with healthy doses of fine leather and Alcantara.
Then there’s the power upgrade, which, if you think about it, isn’t much. The addition of a performance exhaust system with manifolds, sports catalysts and silencer with twin 100 mm tailpipes, and an optional damper system nets the Boxster S an increased output of just 20 horsepower and 14 lb/ft of torque. All told, the SpeedArt SP81-R program provides the Porsche roadster with 335 horsepower and 280 lb/ft of torque, an increase from the 315 horsepower and 266 lb/ft of torque output of the stock Boxster S model.
UPDATE 11/27/12: SpeedArt has released a new batch of photos of their SP81-R program for the Porsche Boxster S, including some comprehensive shots of the sports car’s interior. Check them out in the gallery below.
Where there is SEMA in America, there is the Essen Motor Show on the other side of the Atlantic. Europe’s biggest aftermarket auto show will play host to some of the best auto tuners in the continent, one of which is Techart.
The noted Porsche tuning specialist will be on hand at Essen to present their latest program, involving the new Porsche Boxster roadster.
The program only covers exterior, interior, and aerodynamic modifications, leaving some questions as to the probability of an engine upgrade coming at a later date. TechArt doesn’t appear to be too keen on revealing anything regarding the possibly of engine mods, but the Porsche tuner did drop the details on their new aero kit for the Boxster.
The most noticeable styling changes include the development of a new carbon fiber kit and exterior color options. The former, in particular, carries new components like a two-piece front spoiler with integrated splitter, an elevated rear wing, diffuser pieces, mirror casings and decorative trims on the side air vents.
The program will also have a new TechArt sport spring kit, effectively lowering the Boxster’s ride height by 30 mm at the front and 20 mm at the rear. From there, the tuning company also added its own sport tailpipes to go with a new sound muffler and a sport exhaust system with valve control. A choice of two wheel options round out the exterior changes, giving customers the opportunity to pick between a new set of 21" Formula 5-spokes light alloy wheels or 21" Formula III 5-spokes forged light alloy wheels.
Moving to the interior, the German tuner is offing a pretty extensive range of new and individual options, including a full leather interior with decorative stitching and a carbon fiber inlay package. A new 3-spoke sport steering wheel will be fitted in, as are new paddle shifters, instrument dials, floor mats, door entry guards, aluminum foot rest, and aluminum sport pedals.
UPDATE 11/11/12: TechArt has revealed new details and photos of their latest program for the Porsche Boxster. Read up on the updates above and check out the new photos in the gallery below!