1st gear: start. 2nd gear: acceleration. 3rd gear: raise eyebrows. 4th gear: smile. 5th gear: cheer at the top of your voice. 6th gear: sigh contentedly. And then repeat as often as you like.
The torque transmission in the 718 Spyder is achieved by the precise 6-speed manual transmission with dual-mass flywheel, optimally designed for power. The movements of the gearshifter are crisp and short. The driving experience is especially active, intense and pure. The dynamic throttle-blip function plays its part in keeping you, and your endorphin levels, busy.
Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
For the 718 Spyder, the optionally available PDK is even more sporty. The GT-specific gear selector, short shift times and short, succinct gear changes via the shift paddles as well as a sporty seventh gear offer a convincing shift performance. Back to shift up, forwards to shift down – manual operation of the gear selector is based on the established motorsport principle.
Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) including rear differential lock
In short: PTV improves the dynamic performance. In detail: the integrated rear differential lock enables higher traction and significantly increased lateral dynamics and vehicle stability during load changes in corners and when changing lanes. In addition, when the car is driven assertively into a corner, brake pressure is applied to the inside rear wheel. Consequently, a greater amount of drive torque is distributed to the outside rear wheel, almost pulling the car into the corner. Steering response is improved, agility is increased.
Drifting gently through. Floating along the road on a cloud. A leather armchair on four wheels. To be frank: the 718 Spyder is nothing like that.
The adaptive GT sports suspension of the 718 Spyder is designed so that you experience every inch of road as directly as possible. And master every corner. Thanks to the wide toe angle, the streamlined tuning of the shock absorbers and the lowered body, every journey is a wild ride.
The lightweight spring-strut axle at the front is designed in typical GT style, the lightweight spring-strut axle at the rear is adjusted to the high performance of the 718 Spyder with additional reinforcements and springs as well as specific wheel mounts. Ball joints on both axles also connect the chassis to the body in a particularly streamlined way, enabling an even more precise wheel control. Height, camber, toe angle and the anti-roll bars of the chassis can be adjusted individually. The 718 Spyder doesn’t just remain true to the track. It also remains true to your adrenaline levels – at the next mountain race for example.
A 718 Boxster with six-cylinder horizontally opposed and naturally aspirated engine. Obviously. But with 4.0-liter displacement? The question has to be asked: “Does it go?” It goes.
Perfect. Or in other words: the horizontally opposed engine, completely redesigned. Six-cylinder, 4.0-liter displacement, naturally aspirated engine, excellent torque. Clear announcements presented by our broadly grinning engineers.
With its 414 hp, the engine delivers 39 hp more than its predecessors. A variable intake manifold with switchable resonance valves ensures optimal ventilation. As well as direct fuel injection (DFI), integrated dry-sump lubrication and adaptive cylinder control.
The maximum engine speed? 8,000rpm. The maximum torque of 309 lb-ft is from 5,000 to 6,800 rpm. Enough thrust to accelerate the 718 Spyder to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.
An acoustic exclamation mark: the sound of the 718 Spyder. Thanks to the precise sport exhaust system with its two clearly separated black tailpipes, to the left and right of the rear diffuser. For an even more powerful sports car sound at the press of a button.
A firebrand. A go-getter. Aiming for the skies. The 718 Spyder is an exclamation mark in a world full of ‘what ifs’. And it is a promise – to every road and to every driver. Here is a roadster with no two quite the same. No compromises. No regrets. No rational arguments.
How about instead, unrestrained emotion and a good headwind? With a high-agility, mid-engined concept that will bring tears of joy to the eyes of all sports car fans. With a lightweight roof you’ll probably never close. With sport suspension, manual transmission, door pull loops – essentially everything your everyday life doesn’t need, but your heart yearns for.
With all this, the 718 Spyder only has one target: to rob you of your sleep. To awaken your primal instincts. Take you as close to the moon as possible. And even closer to the road.
Let’s face it, you’ll barely ever want to close it: the partially electric and high-speed compatible, lightweight roof of the 718 Spyder. It can be opened and closed with ease and enhances the presence of the 718 Spyder even when closed.
The side profile of the roof is flat and shaped to pass harmoniously into the streamliners over the rear lid. At the rear, the roof tapers into two taut, streamlined fins.
It releases electrically. In a few simple steps, the roof can then be stored under the rear lid – without reducing the luggage compartment volume of course. The roof is also available in two-tone red and black in conjunction with the Classic package. The supplemental safety bars can also optionally be painted in the exterior color.
The 20-inch alloy wheels of the 718 Spyder are painted in silver color. Upon request, the wheels can also be painted in satin platinum or satin black. The dimensions of the road-approved sport tires are performance orientated. Specifically, 245/35 ZR 20 on 8.5 J × 20 front and 295/30 ZR 20 on 11 J × 20 rear. Multiple contact surfaces and grip with the reduced tread depth increases, however, the risk of hydroplaning on wet surfaces.
On the race track or on the road: Porsche Connect expands the existing vehicle functions of the 718 Spyder with smart services and apps. All designed to make the connection between driver and car even closer. To improve Porsche fascination. And to overcome the challenges of everyday life, fast and simply.
Navigation including Porsche Connect
Thanks to Real-time Traffic Information, the optional navigation module including Porsche Connect gets you to your destination quicker, and offers you numerous Porsche Connect services. You can use all the online functions with the help of the integrated LTE communication module with SIM card reader. In some countries, an integrated LTEcompatible SIM card with data allowance is also included, with which you can use Porsche Connect services such as navigation and infotainment services.
Even in the 1950s our engineers were a little irrational – in a good way. In 1957, for example, they sent the, then recently tested, 718 RSK Spyder to what is probably the toughest long-distance race in the world; the 24h of Le Mans. One year later it took third and fourth place. Victories in the European Hill-Climb Championship and the Targa Florio followed in 1959. Its direct successor was the 718 RS 60 Spyder. Together they dominated the Hill-Climb Championships for years.
With the optional Spyder Classic interior package, these legends live on in the 718 Spyder. Starting with the specific two-tone look in Bordeaux Red and black – on request, also available on the roof of the 718 Spyder. In contrast: extended items in black Race-Tex as in motorsport. The trim strips painted in GT Silver Metallic contour the expressive color combination with simple elegance, and are reminiscent of the style of historical race cars.
We would love to say: “please step in!” but that wouldn’t do justice to your first contact with the 718 Spyder. You slip into it like a hand into a perfectly fitting glove. Everything fits. Everything is tailored to the driver. Mostly due to the sports car ergonomics, perfected over decades. The elevated center console ensures a short path from the motorsport typical small GT sport steering wheel to the shortened gear lever or PDK gear selector and back. Door pull loops emphasize the puristic sporty interior. You can also forego the audio and communication system, upon request – if you want absolutely nothing to distract from pure driving.
The instrument cluster with the three round instruments (typical of the 718) and central tachometer provide the driver with all the information they need fast. The dial faces are black, the needles and increment markings are white, as are the analog and digital stopwatch of the Chrono Package on the dashboard. The center of the tachometer features the ‘Spyder’ logo.
The dashboard trim strips and the center console are painted in the exterior color. An optional Race-Tex interior with extended leather features is also available. Visual highlight: the dashboard trim strips painted in the exterior color continue on the doors. An interior package with elements made of brushed aluminum in black is also available.
In conjunction with this configuration, deviated stitching packages can be added on request to create interior contrast. They are available in silver color, red or yellow and also include the ‘Spyder’ logo on the headrests as well as the door pull loops. The seat belts can also be in matching colors if desired.
Nostalgia for the history of the 718 Spyder: the optional interior package Spyder Classic in Bordeaux Red and black. The colors can also be reflected in the roof if desired, and are complemented with extended items in black Race-Tex and GT Silver Metallic painted trim strips.
The seats of the 718 Spyder also reflect its sporty appeal. The cover, in all seat variants, is in black leather, the seat centers in Race-Tex. The headrests are embroidered with the ‘Spyder’ logo in different stitching colors according to equipment package variant.
The Sound Package Plus ensures an excellent sound. The acoustic pattern in the vehicle interior is perfectly adapted to the driver and passengers by the amplifiers integrated into PCM.
BOSE® Surround Sound System
The optional BOSE® Surround Sound system has been specially developed for the 718 models and is optimally tuned to the specific interior acoustics of these particular vehicles. The audio system features 10 loudspeakers and amplifier channels including a patented, 100-watt active subwoofer integral to the vehicle bodyshell. This fully active system set-up enables each individual loudspeaker to be optimally adapted to the vehicle interior. The total output: 505 watts. Should you ever want to drown out the resonant sound of the engine. For whatever reason.
Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System
For even greater listening pleasure: the optional Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System. With a total output of 821 watts and 12 individually controlled loudspeakers, including a 300-watt active subwoofer with class D digital amplifier integrated into the body, it provides a unique sound experience – even with an open roof. Sophisticated high-end audio components, e.g. special ribbon tweeters (air motion transformers, AMT), and a total diaphragm surface area of more than 1,340cm² enable precision playback even at very high sound levels. A wide selection of preset equalizers ensures a first-class audio experience, while a sound conditioner based on microphone technology adapts the sound sensitively and in real time to the driving situation.
They say with great power comes great responsibility. That’s when the brakes of the 718 Spyder, derived directly from the 911 GT3, come into play. Specifically, front sixpiston, rear four-piston aluminum monobloc fixed brake calipers with red finish. For greater inherent stability and faster response when applying and releasing the brake, even under extreme loads. The composite brake discs, adapted to the high power output, have a 380mm diameter at the front and rear. They are internally vented and crossdrilled for high thermal load and good responsiveness – even in the wet.
The safety concept consists of a stiffness optimization of the body construction, two-piece roll-over bars and two full-size airbags that go off in two stages depending on the type and severity of the accident. Porsche Side Impact Protection (POSIP), comprising side impact protection elements in the doors, thorax airbag integrated into the side bolster of each seat and head airbag for driver and passengers in each door panel provides additional benefit. In short: greater safety – even with an open roof.
So that you know what’s coming towards you, the 718 Spyder is fitted with Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights as standard. Bi-Xenon headlights in black with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) are optionally available.
Specs reflect base model unless otherwise noted.
|Design and cylinders||Naturally aspirated boxer 6|
|Max. power||414 hp|
|Max. power at rpm||7,600 rpm|
|Max. engine speed||8,000 rpm|
|Max. torque (Manual)||309 lb-ft|
|Max. torque (PDK (Automatic))||317 lb-ft|
|Max. torque at rpm (PDK (Automatic))||5,500 rpm|
|Max. torque at rpm (Manual)||5,000 - 6,800 rpm|
|Top track speed (Manual)||187 mph|
|Top track speed (PDK (Automatic))||186 mph|
|0 - 60 mph with Sport Chrono Package (Manual)||4.2 s|
|0 - 60 mph with Sport Chrono Package (PDK (Automatic))||3.7 s|
|Width w/ mirrors folded||70.9 in|
|Turning circle diameter||37.5 ft|
|Curb weight (Manual)||3,205 lb|
|Curb weight (PDK (Automatic))||3,273 lb|
|Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) (Manual)||3,792 lb|
|Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) (PDK (Automatic))||3,858 lb|
|Maximum load (Manual)||587 lb|
|Maximum load (PDK (Automatic))||585 lb|
|Front luggage compartment volume||5.2 ft³|
|Rear luggage compartment volume||4.2 ft³|
|Fuel tank||16.9 gal|
|Limited vehicle warranty||4 years/50,000 miles (whichever comes first) including 24-hour roadside assistance program|
|Main service interval||Porsche Cars North America offers service and maintenance packages in a variety of terms to match your intended usage. Please see your authorized Porsche Dealer for details and availability.|
|Limited paint warranty||4 years/50,000 miles (whichever comes first)|
|Limited corrosion warranty||12 years/unlimited miles|
|EPA Disclaimer||EPA estimates not yet available.|