The Beauty and Performance of the 2021 Porsche 718

The 2021 Porsche 718 comes with a host of upgraded standard features such as automatic two-zone climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, and heated front seats. Other standard features include:

  • Rain sensor
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bi-xenon headlights

All models still feature a six-speed manual transmission with an optional seven-speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe) dual-clutch transmission.

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The History of the 718

The 718 was engineered in 1956 in readiness for the 1957 racing season. Porsche designed it to weigh only 530 kilograms and with a mid-engined layout to give it a balanced layout from end to end. It won its first big race in 1958 with the 718 RSK at the 12h of Sebring and then again in 1959 at Targa Florio.

In 1960, Porsche introduced the 718 RS 60, which came with a sleeker styling and more powerful engine options.  The RSK and the RS 60 won the 12h of Sebring and Targa Florio races and more than 1000 other races.

The current models of the 718 came in 2016. After a long time where the 718 was forgotten under the popularity of the 550 and the 911, the engineers at Porsche decided to bring the glory of the 718 back. The 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster models are inspired by the mid-century 718 to bring efficiency, agility, and style.

The 718 Models

The new 718 is available in two main models - the Cayman and the Boxster - and a host of variants for you to choose from.

The Cayman

The base Cayman sports a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that generates 300 horses and 280 lb-ft of torque.  Other features include 18-inch alloy wheels, sport exhaust with a center tailpipe, automatic climate control, rearview camera, partial leather upholstery, eight-speaker audio system, 7-inch touchscreen, six-way adjustable seats, and front and rear packing sensors.

 

718 Cayman T

This model has so many features in common with the Cayman base model, but adds features such as:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Variable damping sport suspension 
  • Mechanical limited slip differential
  • Torque vectoring
  • Nylon door handles 
  • Adjustable front seats 

718 Cayman S

This model features a more powerful turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder engine that generates 350 horses and 309 lb-ft of torque. It sports 19-inch alloy wheels and stainless steel tailpipes.

718 Cayman GT4 RS

This Cayman has the best of Cayman features. It starts with a naturally aspirated 4.0L flat-six engine that generates 414 horses and 309 lb-ft of torque. Further, it has:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Sport exhaust with stainless steel tailpipes
  • Mechanical limited-slip differential
  • More powerful brakes
  • Fixed rear wing
  • Lower rear fascia
  • Two-way adjustable sports seats
  • Large cooling intakes

You have more optional features such as full leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, LED headlights, Apple CarPlay, and Bose or Burmester sound system.

718 Cayman GTS 4.0

The new GTS 4.0 comes with a flat-six engine that pairs with a six-speed manual transmission to accelerate to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

The 718 Boxster

The base Boxster and the T models sport a 2.0L engine that generates 300 horses with 280 lb-ft of torque. Moving up, the Boxster S sports a turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder engine that generates 350 horses and 309 lb-ft of torque.  The Boxster Spyder features a more powerful 4.0L flat six-engine that generates 414 horses and 309 lb-ft of torque. All Boxster models engines pair with a six-speed manual transmission with an optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic.

The Base trim features:

  • Sport exhaust
  • Black brake calipers
  • Seven-inch touchscreen
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  • Two-USB ports
  • Partial leather upholstery
  • Eight speaker audio system
  • Six-way adjustable seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Rearview mirror

The Boxster Spyder is the top trim and comes with the best of what the Boxster has to offer, including:

  • Porsche's PASM sport-suspension
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Leather and faux leather upholstery
  • Sport exhaust
  • Six-piston front brakes
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Six-speed stereo with satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports
  • Cruise control

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