The 718 Spyder is incredibly nice to look at. Everything boils down to optimising performance; the distinctive front spoiler lip reduces lift, and the central air intake improves aerodynamics. Streamliners on the rear pay homage to its predecessors, the 20” wheels come in a range of finishes, and the partially electric roof is super lightweight. The interior is stripped-back to the necessities, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. The Spyder logo is embossed into the headrests of the sports seats, which feature raised side bolsters for extra support, or you can opt for full bucket seats with a carbon-weave finish. The Spyder Classic interior package is inspired by previous models, contrasting Bordeaux Red with black Race-Tex and trim strips in GT Silver Metallic.


Open-top driving means you can lap up the roaring sound of the sports exhaust system with even more clarity, and the Spyder is just as enjoyable to drive as it is to listen to. With the same six-cylinder engine as the Cayman GT4, the Spyder boasts the same impressive performance stats: 414bhp, 420Nm of torque, 0 – 62mph in 4.4 seconds, and a top speed of 187mph. It comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, but PDK is also available. Porsche Active Suspension Management comes as standard, as well as Porsche Torque Vectoring for uncompromising agility and improved steering response. The rear diffuser reduces overall lift by 50% compared to its predecessor, whilst the rear spoiler automatically extends at speeds over 75mph to improve stability. In Porsche’s own words, the Spyder goes “like a bat out of hell”.


The 718 Spyder delivers a pure driving experience whether you’re pushing your limits on a racetrack or indulging in a long road trip. Porsche has installed its Communication Management system and a 7” touchscreen display in the centre console, so the convertible has features like sat-nav with real-time traffic information and Apple CarPlay. But you can also choose to have this removed – because who really needs sat-nav in a car as thrilling as this? The Chrono Package stores, displays, and evaluates your lap times, in addition to the analogue and digital stopwatch on the dashboard. The Porsche Track Precision app also allows you to access this information on your smartphone, alongside the traditional Porsche Connect app.


Porsche has a reputation for safety quality and the 718 Spyder follows suit in this regard. This model comes well equipped with Porsche Stability Management, anti-lock braking system, Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control, which can be switched on and off by the driver. Powerful brakes match the Spyder’s uncompromising power, even in adverse weather conditions. The lightweight Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake system is also available, and you can even have a fire extinguisher placed in the passenger footwell for extra reassurance.