Will it be everything we've been waiting for?
When Porsche first showed off the Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4, we were excited to see the folks at Stuttgart give their entry-level sports cars the much-needed GT treatment that the 911 always receives. The Spyder and GT4, sadly, still felt slightly hampered by long gearing and a good-but-not-incredible engine, both features that kept them in their place (below the 911). But for over a year now, we've seen spy shots of the next-generation Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4, which will now sit in the 718 range. There have been plenty of rumors surrounding these two cars, but nothing has been made official by Porsche, until now.
We've known the Boxster Spyder was set to be replaced based previous spy shots, but Porsche has finally put out a teaser video on its Facebook page. Good luck pausing the video to get a good look at the car, though, because the teaser only shows the car in frame for fractions of a second. The entire clip is only about 10 seconds long, plus another five seconds worth of text at the end. At the close of the video, the text reads, "Perfectly irrational. More to come soon." Porsche also includes a brief description below the video that reads, "A storm is coming. Are you ready? #PerfectlyIrrational."
The teaser itself is not much to go on, but we do have countless rumors speculating over what engine the 718 Boxster Spyder will have. The most likely motor is the 4.0-liter flax-six from the 911.2 911 GT3, which is expected to be de-tuned from 500 horsepower to around 425 to 430 hp. In its previous generation, the Boxster Spyder produced 375 hp from a 3.8-liter flat-six, so the 4.0-liter engine would provide a significant power bump. We expect to see a reveal soon, but the 718 Cayman GT4 was left completely out of the mix. Perhaps Porsche wants to make sure each of these cars gets its own dedicated reveal.