Porsche recently revealed a four-cylinder 718 Spyder at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show as being a best-selling vehicle in their lineup. Cars in China are charged by engine capacity, and it's far more costly to own a car with an engine capacity larger than 2.0 liter.
Losing the legendary flat-six four a four-banger could seem a bit out of place for something as driver-centric as a Porsche. However, with emissions regulations becoming stringent, it is logical to maintain this alternative in the 718 lineups.
A thing that was thought to be considered a China-only affair might land in Europe and possibly America. These spy photos undoubtedly are a vital sign, showing a toned down 718 soft-top doing rounds at the famed Nurburgring.
The brand new four-cylinder version has been lacking two pistons but makes up to some extent -with the addition of turbochargers. The 718 Spyder available in the planet's most crowded country produces 295 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed PDK transmission.
Regardless of the smaller engine, less power, and slightly less torque, this version may hit 62 miles in 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 167 miles. This makes it 0.8-seconds more affordable to 62 mph.
Compared to this six-cylinder 718(400 hp), the spied variant has smaller front air intakes. The back bumper has already been changed and gets the exhaust ports in the middle, just like the Chinese variant.
Why could Porsche be putting it through the paces at the Nurburgring whether or not it's a China-only offering? It may only be a normal process. However, it might also signify that Porsche is seeking to sell it elsewhere. Also, it might be priced below the six-figure mark.