German sports car manufacturer, Porsche has launched the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 in the Indian market.
The new 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder and 2020 Cayman GT4 have priced at Rs 1.59 crore and Rs 1.63 crore, respectively. All prices are ex-showroom (India). The Porsche 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4 are the two latest additions to the brand’s 718 family in the Indian market, which already has the Boxster and the 718 Cayman. The Spyder as the name suggests comes with a soft-top convertible while the Cayman GT4 is now the entry-level GT offering from the German brand in the Indian market.
Both models are powered by the same engine, while also producing identical power and torque figures. This includes a 4.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine producing 415bhp and 420Nm of peak torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard. Both models claim to sprint from 0 – 100km/h in 4.4 seconds. However, while the 718 Spyder tops out at 301km/h, the 718 Cayman GT4 has a slightly higher top speed of 304km/h.
The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 comes with an improved aero package compared to its predecessor. This new package allows the Cayman GT4 to offer 50% more downforce than its previous model.
The Cayman GT4 also comes with a fixed rear wing which alone accounts for 20% of the extra downforce. Unlike the Cayman GT4, the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder comes with an active rear wing. This is deployed when the Spyder exceeds 120km/h. The active rear wing offers the required additional downforce at high speeds, while also improving the cornering ability of the Spyder.
The Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system is tweaked to be less obtrusive, and an improved torque-vectoring system is also part of the package. Both, again, have the option of ceramic brakes, along with the standard track-focused caliper system.
The 718 Spyder also uses the same Porsche-specific Michelin-made high-performance tyres as the GT4. Porsche also offers the 718 Cayman GT4 with the option of a Clubsport package, which includes a steel roll bar at the rear of the cabin, a small fire extinguisher and a six-point seatbelt for the driver’s side.
The Porsche 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4 models are the entry-level sports car offerings in the brand’s lineup. However, with the availability of a manual transmission, the 718 series is enthusiast-focused, offering extreme driving pleasure.