For an organisation historically so committed to driving pleasure, these acts were met with bemusement, but following the reintroduction of the manual gearbox for the GT3, a new naturally aspirated flat six has now been developed for the 718 twins. Both the new 718 Spyder (there is no ‘Boxster’ any more) and Cayman GT4, revealed together last summer, are therefore ‘quintet’ cars.
Moving very much with the tide of popular opinion, Porsche has more recently made this 4.0-litre flat six available in the more attainable Boxster and Cayman GTS models, but it’s the third-generation (Boxster) Spyder tested here. With concept car styling, a mid-engined layout and a chassis that borrows heavily from the 911 GT3, it might just be the greatest road car Porsche currently makes.
The Porsche 718 line-up at a glance
As we’ve become accustomed to over the years, Porsche’s 718-series sports car is available in both hardtop Cayman and drop-top Boxster guises.
Encouragingly, the four-cylinder boxer engines that left many keen drivers a touch cold are now joined by 4.0-litre flat sixes in production-spec GTS models and the special-edition Spyder and GT4 cars.
Six-speed manual ’boxes are standard fare on all cars, while a seven-speed PDK can be had as an optional extra on all bar the Spyder, the GT4 and (for now) the GTS.
Price £73,405 Power 414bhp Torque 310lb ft 0-60mph 4.3sec 30-70mph in fourth 7.9sec Fuel economy 25.2mpg CO2 emissions 249g/km 70-0mph 41.1m