Porsche’s most powerful mid-engined cars arrives: 718 GT4 & 718 Spyder, 4.0L NA with 6-speed manual and priced from RM970k

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We’re excited; very excited. Because Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the official distributors for Porsche in Malaysia, have finally brought in the 718 GT4 and 718 Spyder. If you’re in the market for what is possibly the best road drivable Porsche… well, you get the option of both the hard-top or a more flamboyant dtop-top variant in the form of the Speedster.

So, let’s dive into the deep end. Power comes from a 4.0-litre motor, taken from the 911 and sans turbos. Here, the engine produces 420 PS and 420 Nm, mated to a 6-speed manual which sends power to the rears. The century sprint is dispatched in 4.4 seconds, but perhaps more special is the fact that this is the first Cayman/Boxster to surpass the triple ton. Yes, the 718 GT4 vmaxes at 304 km/h while the 718 Spyder hit a 301 km/h terminal velocity (yes — slower than the Cayman, but is all the wind in hair one would need).

For those who don’t want to row their own cogs, you’ll have to wait a couple of years down the road for Porsche to equip the 718 GT4 and 718 Spyder with PDK. Yes, it will happen.

Optional on the GT4 is the Clubsport package which adds rear roll-bar, six-point harness and fire-extinguisher in the passenger footwell while the Spyder gets an optional Spyder Classic package which adds a gorgeous two-tone Bordeaux Red/Black cabin finish.

Interestingly, the 718 Spyder is priced from RM970,000 (with duties, before options) while the 718 GT4 is priced from RM999,999 (with duties, before options) — which is slightly confusing, because the Boxster actually sits above the Cayman in the product line-up.

And we know — if you wanted statistics and numbers, you’d have gone to other websites. So here are our series of moving pictures that help us fill in the blanks.

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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