The new Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder will be packing GT3 power
You may remember the previous generation of the ‘hotted’ up Boxster Spyder thanks to its rear buttresses and slightly 'out there' tent-like roof design, and that it boasted the 3.8-litre motor from a 911 Carrera S. Now, according to Autocar, there’s a new version on the horizon.
With this reveal comes the good news that Porsche Motorsport has decided to stick with natural aspiration as opposed to following the herd by adding turbocharging to this halo model.
Autocar has confirmed that Porsche is developing a new 718 Spyder with a detuned version of the 4.0-litre flat-six motor found in the insanely quick 911 GT3 model. This hot 718 model is being developed alongside a new 718 Cayman GT4 model featuring the same engine.
According to Porsche’s head of GT car development Andreas Preuninger turbocharging for the models is off the table in the near future saying “Natural aspiration is one of our main USPs,” while confirming that both will have proper ‘Halo’ model engine credentials stating “At Motorsport, we think we can achieve throttle response and immediacy a little bit better with an atmospheric high-revving engine than any kind of turbo.”
Now for the slightly bad news, the 4.0-litre flat-six motor normally produces 493bhp when bolted into the back of a GT3. Sadly and somewhat obviously, it makes no sense for Porsche to keep the power output the same; otherwise what’s the point of the GT3 as a halo model in its own right. This means that power could fall within the 425bhp mark, which would give the Spyder a 55bhp jump over its 370bhp predecessor.
Porsche are also intent on hammering home the cars driving credentials further still by offering a proper six-speed manual gearbox with the excellent seven-speed PDK as an option.
This design process will involve the Spyder being put on a strict Porsche style diet by losing its cabin insulation, sound system and air conditioning to make it the sharpest and most focused Boxster ever produced.
So, which flavour would you choose? 718 Cayman GT4 or 718 Boxster Spyder? Let us know in the comments.