There’s a larger flat-six powering these two.
Both the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and the Boxster Spyder pack a 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six. The old, standard 718 models, by contrast, used smaller turbocharged four-bangers instead. Now, you get 414 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque, as well as a healthy 8,000 rpm redline. As you can see from the photo below, both cars are also available (huzzah!) with a six-speed manual transmission. You know what else? A manual is your only option here. Both cars sprint from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, according to Porsche.
The 2020 Porsche Cayman GT4 can top out at 188 mph, while the Boxster Spyder can do 187. Not as fast as the top-dog 911, but still a hell of a lot of thrust for the supposed “entry-level” sports car.
It’s not just the grunt, either. Porsche lowered the ride height on both models by 1.2 inches compared to the standard 718 Cayman and Boxster. Both borrow some parts from the 911 GT3, so the suspension is adjustable. The Porsche Torque Vectoring system uses a mechanical rear differential lock to pull off tail slides, when you want to that is.
Those who want a little more stop to match the go can order a carbon ceramic brake package as well. They save a significant amount of weight and offer more stopping power over the standard discs. Porsche says the 718 Spyder also runs on specifically adapted high-performance tires. The Cayman GT4, thanks to its power, brakes and suspension tricks, can make it around the Nürburgring 10 seconds faster than the old one.
Both cars are available now, but don’t expect either to come cheap. The 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 will hit dealers in spring of next year. Prices for the coupe start at $100,450 including a $1,250 destination charge. The 718 Boxster Spyder is actually a bit cheaper, starting at just $97,550.