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Road Review of the Porsche 718 Spyder by Carfection

Watch Henry Catchpole Take the Topless 718 Around Scotland

The Porsche 718 Spyder is new and improved and features a wonderful six-cylinder engine. Henry Catchpole of Carfection recently had the chance to take the car to Scotland on some beautiful roads and discuss the merits of the model and how it’s different than the previous version of the car. 

As you can expect, Catchpole likes the car. “Oh yes, it’s brilliant,” he said. “Just as well all expected.” Of course, it helps that he’s driving the car on some of the most beautiful country roads ever. However, even if he weren’t on those roads, you can tell that the car would have performed admirably. 

In the end, he says the Spyder is a notable improvement over the previous car and even says he finds that he thinks it justifies upgrades more so than the coupe if you owned the last generation model. You can watch the full video below. 

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Porsche 911 and 718 Models to Become Even More Personalized

Get a Car Built for You

Porsche cars are some of the most customizable from the factory that you can buy. There are 39 different variants between the 911 and 718 and then there’s a long list of options to choose from. According to Autocar, plant manager Christian Friedl said the company only produces the same exact car “a maximum of two times per year.” The company wants to add even more personalization, too.

When you look at the plant that makes the 911 and 718, Porsche builds about 25,000 of those cars. With all of the different variants and special features for the cars, that’s a lot of models to be churning out. Porsche wants to take the next steps to take personalization to the next level.

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Friedl said Porsche will work on putting out more options for customers to choose from. this means even fewer of the cars built each year will be identical. The Porsche 911 or 718 you want will be the car you’ll get, and it’ll be a lot different than your neighbor’s Porsche. Freidel said that the company wants to build “the most personal car” out there.

This is good news for anyone who wants to have a special one-of-a-kind sports car. With Porsche the 911 and 718 already being what they are, it’s cool to see Porsche pushing the envelope. You can bet, however, that those new fancy options will come with a high price tag. You have to pay for exclusivity. 

Walter Röhrl Tests Porsche’s 718 Rally Concept at GP Ice Race in Austria

In Its Icy Element

Porsche plans to return to rally racing with a 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport R-GT Rallye. The car came about because of the positive response Porsche received on a rally car concept that it sent out into the world. Before the official car comes, Porsche did some testing with its 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport-based concept race car. The company let racing legend Walter Röhrl get behind the wheel at the GP Ice Race in Austria. 

In the video below, you can see Röhrl whipping the car through the track on the very low traction surface. It’s a feat that not many of us could pull off. It’s simply a wonderful thing to see such a beautiful car handled with such finesse. Also, it helps that the vehicle sounds so beautiful. The car comes with a 3.8-liter flat-6 that makes 425 hp. 

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The upcoming race car will be based on the new 718 and feature the car’s unique natural-fiber body panels, which help make it extremely lightweight. Porsche’s new rally car will compete in the FIA R-GT class when it’s finally finished. The car seen racing here is just the prototype and the testing was designed to help Porsche determine how to tweak the model for the actual production car. 

While the car in the video above is not the final production vehicle, it’s doubtful that many noticeable changes will be made. At this point, Porsche is just fine-tuning the model, and getting it ready for production. The company stated the car should come in 2020, and we can’t wait for it. 

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport R-GT Rally Car Confirmed

It Should Come in 2020

Porsche had a concept rally car based on the GT4 Clubsport racing car. At the time the company showed it off, it made it clear it was just a concept. Well, now Porsche will build a production 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport R-GT Rallye. It should be ready for the rally race track in 2020. 

The company decided to actually make a rally car after the concept was well received at an ADAC rally race in Germany. Porsche said the response to the car was very positive. The concept was based on the old version of the Cayman GT4 Clubsport, but the production car will be based on the new 718 Gayman GT4 Clubsport that we previously covered. 

That means the rally car will get a 3.8-liter flat-six engine making 425 hp. The car comes with a 6-speed PDK transmission, sending all of the naturally aspirated engine’s power to the rear wheels. The car gets several body panels with natural fiber materials to keep its overall weight down. 

Porsche’s new rally car will compete in the FIA R-GT class. It’s a class designed for two-door cars based closely on street-legal sports cars. The cars also must have a power to weight ratio of 7.5-pounds per horsepower. That means the new Porsche rally car should compete with vehicles like the Aston Martin Vantage, Porsche 997 GT3, and Fiat 124 Abarth in the World Rally Championship, according to The Supercar Blog

Porsche says highlights of the racing class include the famous Monte Carlo Rally and the stages on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Even if Porsche wasn’t actually racing the car, I’d watch it drive along those iconic stretches of road. The fact that the car is competing and will likely be a force to be reckoned with is icing on the cake. 

2019 Porsche 718 T Cayman & Boxster Revealed

Porsche Reveals 2019 718 Cayman T, 718 Boxster T

With the introduction of the 2019 718 Cayman T and Boxster T, it is clear that Porsche has taken a page out of the 911 playbook – and to great effect. The 911 T, which was released early in 2018, is a no-frills, purists version of the 911. In short, it is a spartan, stripped down version of the base-model Carrera, sparingly equipped with only the equipment necessary to create a completely driver-focused 911.

The warm reception of the aforementioned car has convinced Porsche that they should apply  this philosophy to their 718 lineup as well, also proving that Porsche appreciates and listens to its customers. This is not just good for public relations, but it is also good for business – a touring version of the affordable 718, truly means that this is a Porsche sports car for the masses.

Features and Highlights

Engine and Performance

Both the Cayman T and Boxster T will be equipped with the base-model 718’s mid-mounted 2.0L flat-four turbocharged engine, which produces 300-horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.

The 718 T will come standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox, and buyers will also have the option of outfitting the car with a PDK transmission. Respectively, the car will sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds in the manual and 4.5 seconds in the PDK version’s Sport Plus mode, while top speed is 170 mph.

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Chassis and Handling

As a result if its inherent philosophy, an un-optioned 718 T will weigh in at 1,350 kg, making it the lightest version in the lineup. The chassis is also 20mm lower to the ground than the base-model it has stripped down, and sits on lightweight 20” high-gloss titanium grey wheels.

In continuing to stay true to its word, the 718 T is equipped strictly with features that enhance the driving experience through a purist’s field of view. The 6-speed manual version of either car will come standard with Porsche Torque Vectoring and a mechanical locking rear axle differential.  For the first time, Porsche Active Suspension Management is available (and in this case, also standard) on a 718, with the latest Cayman and Boxster now able to benefit from this state-of-the-art the electronic damping system.

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Interior and Exterior

Inside the cockpit is a seamless continuation of the no-frills principles of the “T”, with door pull straps replacing the door handles, a leather-wrapped 360-millimeter GT sports steering wheel and two-way adjustable sport seats. My only surprise here is that the seats aren’t cloth, as leather doesn’t seem to buy into the ideals of spartan-ism so much – oh well.

Furthermore, the Porsche Communication Management module isn’t standard and a storage bin takes its spot instead. Adding it back is actually a no charge option, should you feel the need to restore a sense of relative convenience in the car. Other features that come standard are agate grey mirror shells, a shorter-throw gearbox, and Sport Chrono package (with the dashboard-mounted stopwatch included).

The 718 T will be visually differentiated from its stable-mates with retro-style graphics on each side of the car. To truly stand out, in addition to the standard palette, buyers can also opt for special-edition Lava Orange and Miami Blue paint jobs which are exclusive to the 718 T.

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Verdict

I believe that the Porsche 718 T is a car we can all get excited for – and by all, I really mean everyone. With official pricing expected to start in the $60,000 USD range, the scenario of owning a true sports car – a Porsche sports car – is very attainable. In an age where large SUVs and crossovers address the necessities of today’s society and lifestyles, the 718 T opens the door for the midlife crisis to happen sooner than originally thought.

Similar to the 911 T, the 718 T will not be the fastest, most luxurious or even the cheapest of all the 718 variants. However, the car is a unique combination of features and nuances that add up to more than the sum of its parts. The T-wins are the perfect car for somebody who knows exactly what they want, and wants nothing more than that – the purist’s car.

Kudos to Porsche for continuing to take the words of their customers and fans to heart.

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