The new 718 Spyder is a certainty in a world full of ‘what ifs'. Here is a roadster with no two quite the same. No compromises. No regrets. No rational arguments.
The new 718 Spyder
Serpentines. Hairpin bends. Gradients. Mountain races have always been a special challenge. At the start of the 1960s, by creating the 718 RS 60 Spyder, Porsche continued to expand the successful concept of the legendary 550 Spyder and its successor models. Lightweight, lower centre of gravity, mid-mounted engine and great manoeuvrability that sparked waves of excitement in countless mountain and long-distance races.
The design language of the 718 RS 60 Spyder was influenced by its function. Be fast, be agile, win races. And this exact design language can now be seen in the new 718 Spyder. Its unmistakable silhouette with the flyline typical of a midmounted engine, its front spoiler: elegantly rounded, flattened, closer to the road. The front apron is reduced to the basics. Its clearly defined shape with the typical Porsche sweep tells the headwind what it has to do: create optimum tyre contact pressure. Especially in the corners.
We would love to say, “please step in!” but that wouldn’t do justice to your first contact with the new 718 Spyder. You slip into it, like a hand into a perfectly fitting glove. Everything fits. Everything is tailored to the driver. Mostly due to the sports car ergonomics, perfected over decades. The elevated centre console ensures a short path from the motorsport-typical small GT sports steering wheel to the shortened gear lever and back. Door pull loops emphasise the puristic sporty interior. You can also forego the audio and communication system, upon request – if you want absolutely nothing to distract from pure driving.
The instrument cluster with the three round instruments (typical of the 718) and central rev counter provide the driver with all the information they need fast. The dial faces are black, the needles and increment markings are white, as are the analogue and digital stopwatch of the Chrono Package on the dashboard. The centre of the rev counter features the ‘Spyder’ logo.
Let's face it, you’ll barely ever want to close it. The side profile of the hood is flat and shaped to pass harmoniously into the streamliners over the rear lid. It releases electrically. In a few simple steps, the hood can then be stored under the rear lid.
The safety concept consists of a stiffness optimisation of the body construction, two-piece roll-over protection and two full-size airbags that go off in two stages depending on the type and severity of the accident. Porsche Side Impact Protection (POSIP), comprising side impact protection elements in the doors, thorax airbag integrated into the side bolster of each seat and head airbag for driver and passengers in each door panel ensures additional protection. In short: greater safety – even with an open hood.
On the race track or on the road: Porsche Connect expands the existing vehicle functions of the 718 Spyder with smart services and apps. All designed to make the connection between driver and car even closer. To improve Porsche fascination. And to overcome the challenges of everyday life, fast and simply. You can also do without the audio and communication system, if you want. When the way there is your destination you don’t need a navigation system.