The 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and Spyder: Interchangeable Excellence
Porsche has set the automotive world abuzz after revealed the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder, two cars that haven’t seen an update since 2015 and have left fans in dire need of new models. The two new versions share many similar upgrades to their performance and reliability, and will likely be in the running for numerous awards at year’s end. Here’s what you need to know about the newest iterations of the classic Cayman and Spyder.
It makes sense to talk about these gorgeous cars as a pair since the upgrades to each vehicle are nearly identical. Porsche is referring to the two cars in promotional materials as the “718 Cayman GT4” and “718 Spyder.” The main headline is that the 2020 Boxster Spyder is now a Motorsport product from Porsche, which means it shares its chassis with the Cayman GT4. That chassis includes a front axle that comes directly off the Porsche 991.2 GT3 and a rear axle that is completely unique to the GT4 and Spyder. Adaptive dampers come standard, along with manually adjustable anti-roll bars.
The similarities don’t end with the chassis. The cars also come with newly designed 20-inch wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Brake sizes have been increased on each car, with new rotors and calipers added like the ones found on the Porsche 911 GT3. Carbon ceramic rotors, which are 50% lighter than standard cast-iron units, can be purchased as an upgrade. The cars also now share a common suspension – a key difference from previous models.
A More Powerful Engine
The two cars share an engine that has been completely overhauled with a new forged crankshaft and pistons, piezo fuel injectors, and an aluminum intake system. The 4.0-liter engine is based on the same turbocharged engine found in the new 911 model. The retooled engine in the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder generates 414 horsepower and 309 pounds per feet of torque, with a maximum of 8,000 rpm.
Each car comes equipped with a standard six-speed manual transmission. The electric power steering, anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control systems have each been tuned up as well, ensuring a smooth ride no matter what the speed. And stability will be important when you consider that both these cars can go from 0-to-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds.
Although similar, the cars are not completely identical. There are some subtle differences between the 718 Cayman GT4 and the Spyder. These include a manually adjustable fixed rear wing on the Cayman GT4 and an electronically deployed spoiler on the Spyder. Additionally, the Spyder has gotten rid of the power-folding top mechanism to save weight and enhance velocity. Speaking of velocity, Porsche claims that the 718 Cayman GT4 is even faster than its 2015 predecessor, topping out at 188 mph. That’s impressive when you consider the insane speed of the old 2015 Cayman. Another difference is that the Cayman GT4 can be bought with a “club sport” package designed to enhance safety. It provides a rear roll bar, six-point safety harnesses, and a hand-held fire extinguisher.
Not Cheap But (Possibly) Affordable
These are high-end Porsches, so nobody should expect them to be cheap. You’re not going to get your hands on either model for a bargain price. That said, these cars can be considered affordable with the right payment plan (and the right income level to back it up). The 718 Cayman GT4 has a starting price of US$99,200, while the Spyder is slightly cheaper at US$96,300. The good news is that Porsche has not set any production limits on either car, so there should be some available. But if you’re in the market for one of these sweet rides, we suggest pre-ordering as soon as possible. Just to be safe.