New Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder Could Get the 911 GT3's Flat Six

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Now that the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS models have been introduced, we can look forward to the new 718 Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4.

Spy photographers have already caught the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 testing and reports suggest it will use a detuned version of the 911 GT3’s 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine instead of a turbocharged flat-four mill. We can expect to see the same powerplant make its way to the new Boxster Spyder, offering around 425 horsepower. The previous Boxster Spyder featured a 3.8-liter flat-six engine borrowed from the 911 Carrera, good for 375 hp. But considering the new GTS models have 365 hp, expect to see a more modest increase in performance for the Spyder and Cayman GT4 to widen the gap.

SEE ALSO: Spy Photographers Catch Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Testing

As a driver-focused model, expect to see the new Boxster Spyder offered with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while an optional seven-speed PDK dual clutch will be available. The sports car will also go on a diet with the automaker tossing out considerable cabin insulation, the radio, and even air conditioning. The electric folding soft top will also not be used, replaced by a manaully-removed top.

The next 718 Boxster Spyder should make its debut sometime next year.

[Source: Autocar]

Discuss this story on our Porsche Boxster Forum

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

More by Jason Siu

Join the conversation