The mid-engined performance flagship 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4 will be available in limited numbers, offering purists high level of enthusiastic driving dynamics
Porsche India today launched its 718 family of mid-engined sports cars in the form of the Spyder and Cayman GT4 at Rs 1.59 crore and Rs 1.63 crore, respectively. The sports cars feature a newly-developed 4 l, six-cylinder, naturally-aspirated engine. These are the most powerful models in the 718 range, which are offered with a traditional six-speed manual transmission.
Both models are powered by the same engine that develops 414 hp of power at 8,000 rpm, with maximum torque of 420 Nm from 5,000 to 6,800 rpm. Both models reach 100 km/h from standstill in 4.4 seconds. A striking feature of the 718 Cayman GT4 is the improved aerodynamics, which produces up to 50 % more down force without affecting drag. The fixed rear wing is not only a visual highlight but also produces about 20 % more down force when 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 120 km/h. The sports car also features a functional diffuser, making it the first model in the Boxster family to generate aerodynamic down force over the rear axle.
Furthermore, for the first time, the 718 Spyder benefits from the high-performance GT chassis of the 718 Cayman GT4. It offers superior cornering dynamics through the refined lightweight spring-strut front and rear axles that make use of racing technologies. The Porsche Active Suspension Management damping system lowers the ride height by 30 mm, 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 cars also feature Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear differential lock to further enhances the longitudinal and lateral dynamics, as well as cornering performance. The 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 come with high-performance braking systems featuring large aluminium monobloc fixed-calliper brakes. The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is also available as an option.
Ashish Kaul, Head, Sales, Porsche India, said the company introduces two car models that use a naturally-aspirated powertrain based on the turbo engines in the current 911 Carrera model series. Porsche us excited to offer these purist’s models to customers here in India, he added. Kaul noted that with a limited allocation for the domestic market, the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder will be a rare and very special sight on our streets.