Porsche 718 (982) Spyder
Date of unveil by Porsche AG: June 18, 2019
World market launch: 2019 as 2020 model
Technical specification and comparison
|Modification||Engine||kW||lb-ft||Nm||Gearbox||60 mph||100 km/h||100 mph||200 km/h||mph||km/h||DIN weight||Power to weight|
|2019 718 982 Spyder||4.0B6||309||309||420||manual 6-speed||4.2 sec.||4.4 sec.||9.0 sec.||13.8 sec.||187||301||1420 kg
|2015 Boxster 981 Spyder||3.8B6||276||309||420||manual 6-speed||4.2 sec.||4.5 sec.||9.5 sec.||14.8 sec.||180||290||1315 kg
Although with 4-litre capacity, the naturally aspirated 6-cylinder engine is not from the 383 kW 991.2 GT3 RS, but based on the same engine family as the 3-litre turbo engine in the 992.1 Carrera with GPF gasoline particulate filter emission control system. The maximum engine speed is 8000 rpms. In part-load operation, the new adaptive cylinder control temporarily interrupts the injection process in one of the cylinder banks to reduce fuel consumption. Piezo injectors are used for direct fuel injection for the first time in a high-revving engine. They split each injection process into up to five individual injections to help to reduce emissions. The car comes with a newly designed rear silencer which creates space for a functional diffuser making the 718 Spyder the first version in the earlier Boxster and later 718 family to generate aerodynamic downforce at the rear axle.
For the first time, the 718 Spyder benefits from the Porsche GT4 high-performance chassis - it is more of a track day weapon now than a comfortable cruiser. The direct connection to the chassis is partially by means of ball joints. The suspension is 30 mm lower than on the standard 718. The car naturally comes with the mechanical differential lock and PTV Porsche Torque Vectoring. Like with the 981 Spyder, the lightweight canvas top can cope with top speeds (which was not the case with the original Boxster Spyder of the 987-generation).
The 982-generation Spyder is a whopping 105 kg/231 lb heavier than the 981 Spyder was 4 years earlier. It is compensated with the larger and more powerful engine resulting in approximately 4% better power-to-weight ratio for the newer car.
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