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2020 Porsche 718 Spyder

2020 Porsche 718 Spyder

The new Porsche 718 Spyder is my pick of current Porsches.  The reason being it delivers all the thrills in more ways than one, and it remains an exceptionally comfortable and special everyday driver.

Under the hood sits a naturally aspirated, 4.0-litre, six-cylinder motor.  Porsche’s tuning team has given this motor 420 Nm of torque along with 313 kW of power, and that’s quite a punch considering the car’s light weight and low centre of gravity.  Given the right road or track the 718 Spyder rips easily up to a 300 km/h top speed, and the 0-100 dash can get cut in around 4.5 seconds.  The flat-six is paired with a six-speed manual transmission at present, but later in production a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic will be available.

Porsche has the new Spyder running with engine deactivation technology, which means that if you’re just cruising along on the motorway the engine shuts down three of the six cylinders on one side, and then after twenty seconds swaps over to the other three shutting down and the other ones waking back up again.  It’s pretty smart really, and it’s been designed to improve fuel economy, which works out to be around 10 litres/100 km – not bad for a quickie!

All that speed gets harnessed in with big, six calliper brake systems as standard, and if you spend a bit extra you can get carbon ceramic brakes.  Variable ratio steering keeps the Spyder scuttling effortlessly through the twists, and the car corners beautifully level and flat.  There is great steering feedback that takes any problematic guess work out of your driving experience.  Porsche’s limited-slip differential works to provide torque to either rear wheel with the most grip.  Being RWD allows for a blissfully crisp and entertaining drive.  With all its aerodynamic air foils the new Porsche 718 Spyder delivers 50% less air lift than on a standard Porsche Boxster, and the result is rock solid control.

2020 Porsche 718 Spyder

Inside the beautifully built cabin there is an excellent driving position, nice instrumentation, great seats, and quality materials everywhere.  You can get the car with some special carbon fibre racing seats and loads of red leather to match a red roof.  Storage about the cabin, and including in the doors, makes it great for everyday practicality.  A cup-holder is present.  There is a relatively decent amount of boot space under the lid out the back, which offers 120 litres here.  But it doesn’t stop there because there is also 150 litres of luggage space under the hood at the front.  That’s quite useful in what is a truly exceptional two-seater, mid-engine sports car.  A total of 270 litres make it quite a nice shopping car alternative for Granny, instead of her opting for the more conventional 5-door hatch.  Yep, a really nice convertible sports car, and definitely one of my very favourites.

There’s only one standard trim on the new 718 Spyder.  Features like an automatic two-zone climate control system, heated front seats, auto-dimming mirrors with rain sensors, Apple CarPlay and a Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) are some of those nice standard features.  There are many, many options you can fit into your new Porsche 718 Spyder should you feel the need. Some nice options worth considering would be the awesome 12-speaker Burmester surround-sound system, cruise control with speed sign recognition, a reversing camera and power-adjustable front seats.

The car comes with a custom driving mode, meaning that you can set the Spyder up just the way that suits your mood and purpose.  Adaptive dampers are standard as well as a 2-stage traction control system which you can turn completely off for all those drifters among us.  An auto blip button can be switched on to perfectly match the engine speed to your gear changes, and l like this feature.  You can also soften the exhaust’s bellow or make it louder should you want to deafen pavement walkers.

It looks sensational too; the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder does it for me in the looks department.  The 718 Spyder sits 13 mm closer to the ground than a Boxster, which straight away lends itself to giving the car a superbly racy road presence.  It sits low down to the ground, has tight proportions, is a cabriolet and it has some cool design features.  At the front, the new Porsche 718 Spyder has massive air intakes at each corner of the bumper, as well as a big duct that runs horizontally below the bumper.  The Bi-Xenon headlight design is pretty, although you can get the four LED matrix design for another classy statement.  On the lower lip of the front spoiler you’ll notice the Spyder logo embedded on the surface which does look cool, particularly when it’s nosed toward the curb and parked up.  There are also numerous air intakes to foil the air and force the car onto the road at speed, and you’ll find these at the corner of the front bumper and in front of the rear wheel arches.  The car sits on 20-inch alloys.

Out the back, the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder continues its special looks with a double bubble effect on the rear panel deck.  Smoked rear light covers with LED lighting, a prominent spoiler and big twin exhaust outlets are positioned perfectly for balance.   It’s a stunning car to look at, whether the roof happens to be up or down.

If you’re after a really nice looking sports car with the added fun of being a convertible, then the latest 4th gen Porsche 718 Spyder is the precise, nimble, fun and fast preferred choice – at least for me!

2020 Porsche 718 Spyder

The current 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder models include:

  • 718 Spyder

For any more information on the Porsche 718 Spyder or, for that matter, any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181.  If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of Porsche dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours.  Private Fleet – car buying made easy!