Porsche has pulled the covers off the new 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4.

Both of the top-spec 718 models are equipped with a new normally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six producing 414-horsepower at a screaming 7,600 rpm and 310 lb-ft of torque between 5,000-6,800 rpm. It’s important to note that this is not the same 4.0-liter flat-six that is found in the current 911 GT3, but actually is loosely based on the 9A2 from the 991.2 911 Carrera. 

Porsche says the new GT4 and Spyder hit 62 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, onward to a top speed of 188 and 187 mph, respectively. Enthusiasts can rejoice as the only transmission available for now is a six-speed manual transmission. 

Performance is clearly the focus of the new 718 Spyder and GT4, but Porsche have tried to make the new models as environmentally friendly as possible. The transmissions have fairly lengthy gear ratios for emissions purposes, and the new 4.0-liter features cylinder deactivation with automatic stop/start. 

Performance enhancements include the latest iteration of Porsche’s torque vectoring, a mechanical limited-slip diff, and a new suspension with active dampers. The GT4 and Spyder ride 30mm lower than standard 718 models. The 20-inch lightweight alloys get Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. 

Porsche says that the new 718 GT4 laps the Nurburgring at least 10 seconds a lap faster than the previous generation 981 Cayman GT4.  This is thanks to new aero bits, including an underbody diffuser and a fixed rear wing. These aerodynamic features help the GT4 produce 50% more downforce than standard 718 models, without negatively affecting drag. 

The interior of the new 718 duo feature Porsche’s GT Sport steering wheel, Alcantara upholstery, Sport Seats Plus, and a plethora of painted trim or aluminum finish options. The Spyder has an assortment of options including the Spyder Classic interor with a Bordeaux Red and Black leather package, GT Silver exterior paint, and a two-tone fabric roof. 

Both models are available to order in the US today, with prices starting at $96,300 for the Spyder and $99,200 for the GT4, not including the $1,250 destination charge. First deliveries will occur in spring of 2020. Porsche says these will not be limited run vehicles, and will build as many as people want to buy. 

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