2021 Porsche 718

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$97,300 - $100,510
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2021 Porsche 718 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: September 8, 2020
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One of the most powerful and fun-to-drive sports convertible is here winning attention. The new Porsche 718 Spyder is a performance packed machine with a new sports-tuned chassis and balanced dynamics. The latest 2021 model is expected to get a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission system which was once a manual-only option. When it comes to the powerhouse, Porsche has kept the original flat-six offering. 

Apart from sensational performance, the new 718 Spyder features an upscale interior cabin with loads of tech amenities and infotainment features. The seating arrangement is comfortable with extended supports and premium upholstery. The exterior of the car looks much more dynamic and compact with impressive high-speed stability and cornering agility. With adaptive dampers and a limited-slip differential optimum comfort and performance are ensured.

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Pros

High-revving nat-asp 6-cylinder engine

Dynamic handling

The option of a manual transmission

Cons

Options can get pricey

What's New?

A 7-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic transmission


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Porsche 718 Detailed Review video
2021 Porsche 718 Exterior video

Styles

2021 Porsche 718 in Bright White color
Bright White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

5.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Porsche 718 Base

Base

power
414 hp @ 7600 rpm
fuel
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$97,300 - $100,510


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (4.0L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $97,300 MSRP (15/17/21) 414 hp @ 7600 rpm, 4L, flat 6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2
2dr Convertible (4.0L 6cyl 7AM) Starting at $100,510 MSRP TBD TBD
N/A N/A N/A

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


The latest model of the Porsche 718 Spyder is expected to share the same powertrain underpinnings with a new option for the PDK Dual-Clutch transmission system. Porsche has ensured a stylish convertible with smooth body design, signature LED headlights, massive alloy wheels with options of carbon-ceramic brake fittings, and many more. The starting price for the 2021 Porsche 718 Spyder is around $97,300 with additional package options to bump-up the sporty vibe of the car. Loads of personalization options are available to make the 718 Spyder truly yours.

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Front View
2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 
 
 

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 
 
 
 
 

2021 Porsche 718 Features

7.0/10

The latest version of the 718 Spyder is here with loads of tech amenities and features. Right from the awestruck exterior look to the genteel cabin, the sports coupe is all-in to offer you a thunderous yet ecstatic drive. The new design is more dynamically stable with a sculpted body structure, re-tuned sports suspension, and massive alloy wheels. The Spyder is not the quickest among the 718 Boxster/Cayman family but is definitely a fun-to-drive sports convertible. Porsche keeps the stock flat-six engine for the 2021 model with an addition of PDK Dual-Clutch seven-speed transmission system along with the previously used six-speed manual.

Model Porsche 718 Spyder
MSRP (Manual) $97,300
MSRP (Automatic) $100,510
Key Features 4.0 Liter Flat-six naturally aspirated engine
  PDK Dual-Clutch seven-speed transmission
  Latest infotainment system with Wi-Fi and Smartphone Integration
  Standard safety features with advanced driver assistance systems
  Plush seating arrangement wrapped in leather and Alcantara
  Digital instrument-cluster with premium audio system
  Multiple small-item storage options

The new Porsche 718 Spyder is packed with excitement from outstanding performance numbers to genteel interior space, everything about the 718 is top-notch.

The latest 2021 line-up features a 4.0 Liter flat-six engine clubbed with a newly added PDK Dual-Clutch seven-speed transmission system which together churns around 414 hp and 309 lb-ft. of torque output. 

The 2021 Porsche 718 Spyder gets premium upholstery options, with sporty inlays and intriguing exterior tweaks. Moreover, advanced safety systems and driver aids are added for the complete safety of the passengers.

2021 Porsche 718 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

World’s best engineering standards along with cutting-edge manufacturing methods have been used to craft the new 2021 Porsche 718 Spyder. With impeccable performance numbers, intriguing design statement, and premium sports trimmed cabin gives the Spyder 718 an edge over its competitors. 

Highly reliable materials are used with utmost dynamic precision to offer a balanced fun-to-drive sports convertible. The car has been highly acclaimed based on customer reviews. Neither IIHS nor NHTSA have tested the Porsche 718 Spyder and we do not expect it to happen anytime soon.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The Porsche Spyder has been a long famed car in the 718 foster with incredible performance stats, awestruck dynamic body design, modern interiors with loads of tech, and advanced safety features and driver aids. Porsche has ensured genteel material selection with advanced aerodynamic concepts and a robust body. Maintenance of the Porsche 718 Spyder is hassle-free with infrequent repairs and long-lasting performance.

To get a price ballpark for the 2021 Porsche 718 Spyder which has been in the top 10 Sports Convertible since its launch, we can get insights on the previous year's model. The 718 Spyder is expected at around $98,000 starting price with a plethora of bump-up packages including goodies like carbon-ceramic brakes, carbon fiber seats, and many more. 

The new Porsche 718 Spyder is a fun-to-drive convertible while heading for a long-weekend getaway. With advanced safety systems and driver aids, driving the 718 is much more enjoyable and you get the confidence to push the car to its limits. In terms of ownership costs, the Porsche 718 Spyder will want you to splurge around $100,000 in 5 years which is totally worthy of the sheer performance and luxury package.

Warranty

Porsche has always ensured complete reliability of its fleet and assures hassle-free repairs and servicing. The new 718 Spyder gets a limited warranty period of four years or 50,000 miles whichever comes earlier.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain Warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance

1 year/ 10,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Porsche offers a best-in-class warranty time of four years and also provides complimentary service for the first year or 10,000 miles whichever comes first. Highly reliable design and top-notch quality ensure infrequent repairs. BMW and Toyota are a step ahead when it comes to complimentary scheduled maintenance packages with the Bavarian automotive giant offering 3 years/36,000 miles and the Japanese behemoth offering the same for 2 years/25,000 miles.

Miles per Dollar

When it comes to fuel economy and per-mile costs, the new Porsche 718 Spyder is ahead in this game. With an impressive fuel efficiency of about 21 MPG combined figure and a maintenance cost of around $130 for the first year, the Porsche can cover up to 8-9 miles per dollar.

2021 Porsche 718 Buying Advice

If you are looking for a balanced convertible with staggering performance and awestruck design statements, the new 718 Spyder is the one to go for. With sports trimmed interiors, an abundance of tech features, and the latest infotainment system the 718 Spyder is a fun-to-drive convertible.

The Porsche 718 Spyder has been in the top 10 convertible list in the states along with consistent performance and high built quality. Also, the convertible has been highly acclaimed by top rating agencies like IIHS and NHTSA.

Is buying a used Porsche 718 Spyder a good idea?

Porsche has a habit of constantly upgrading its fleet with new tech features, mechanical systems, and refined performance. The latest 2021 model of the 718 Spyder gets a seven-speed PDK Dual-Clutch transmission in addition to the previously used six-speed manual.

If you are okay with the stick transmission and the primary concern is to experience the joyful ride of the 718 Spyder, a used car can be a good choice. The total fitness of the car is around 10 years. A manual 718 Spyder won’t lose its value over the years, it might just become an instant modern classic. 

2021 Porsche 718 Engine and Performance

9.9/10

The 718 Spyder is loaded with a refined powertrain featuring a massive 4.0L flat-six engine clubbed with a seven-speed PDK Dual-Clutch transmission along with the previously used six-speed manual. The duo churns out around 414 horses and 309 lb-ft. of torque output. High agility is delivered by the convertible along with high-speed stability.

Models

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

2020 Toyota Supra

2020 BMW Z4

Base MSRP

$97,300

$67,495

$50,945

$50,695

Engine

4.0L NA Flat-Six

6.2L V8

3.0L Turbocharged Inline Six-Cylinder

3.0L Turbocharged Inline Six-Cylinder

Transmission

7-speed PDK Dual-Clutch/ 6-speed Manual

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power

414 hp @ 5,000 rpm

490 hp @ 6,450 rpm

335 hp @ 5,000 rpm

382 hp @ 5,000 rpm

Torque

309 lb-ft @ 1,950 rpm

465 lb-ft @ 5,150 rpm

365 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1,550 rpm

The above table clearly shows the staggering performance stats of the segment with the Porsche 718 being at the top. With a massive 4.0 Liter engine underneath and highly efficient drive, refined power is delivered by the718 Spyder. Both the BMW Z4 M40i and the GR Supra are powered by the same B58 twin-scroll turbocharged engine from BMW. On paper, the 2020 Supra is detuned when compared with the Z4 but the 2021 update received a bump in power and it now produces the same 382 horsepower.

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Acceleration and Braking Performance

The latest version of the 718 Spyder is packed with a massive 4.0 Liter flat-six engine clubbed with a seven-speed PDK Dual-Clutch transmission system. The car shoots from 0-60 mph in under 3.8 seconds and a quarter-mile drag timing in about 13 seconds. The Convertible is highly agile around corners with high-speed stability and a modern design statement. Along with staggering acceleration abilities, the braking performance of the car is very impressive.

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Accelerate 0-60 MPH in 3.8 sec

All the wheels get ABS control along with a 4-wheel disc brake setup. With the upgraded carbon-ceramic package, braking performance is further improved.

Models

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

2020 Toyota Supra

2020 BMW Z4

0-60 (seconds)

3.8

2.8

3.8

3.9

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

12.0

11.2

10.0

12.3

Top Speed (MPH)

186

194

155

155

60-0 (feet)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The above data clearly shows the insanely high-speed abilities of the 718 Spyder topping around 186 MPH and zippy 0-60 mph sprint in 3.8 seconds. Among competitors, the Corvette Stingray delivers the best-in-class acceleration followed by Toyota Supra.

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Brake

2021 Porsche 718 Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The Porsche 718 series has got some incredible performance stats with support of a refined powertrain. Under the hood, we have the massive 4.0-liter flat-six engine clubbed with a newly developed PDK Dual-Clutch transmission system. 

The Convertible delivers an above-average fuel economy of around 26 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg on city roads. Moreover, it has got a decent-sized tank that takes care of a sufficient driving range for a long-weekend getaway.

Models

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

2020 Toyota Supra

2020 BMW Z4

MPG (City)

20

15

24

24

MPG (Highway)

26

27

31

32

MPG (Combined)

23

19

26

27

Fuel Capacity

14.2

18.5

13.7

13.7

Range (City/Hwy/Combined; Miles)

284/369.2/326.6

277.5/499.5/351.5

328.8/424.7/356.2

328.8/438.4/367

The best-in-class fuel efficiency is delivered by BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra standing at 27 MPG combined economy. The Porsche 718 gets a better economy than the Corvette but takes a hit in driving range due to a smaller tank. 

2021 Porsche 718 Interior

Impeccable craftsmanship is showcased in the new 2021 Porsche 718 Spyder. The cabin is packed with genteel material selection oozing luxury and sporty accents from every corner. With a plush seating arrangement featuring power adjustment and extended supports, you can be relaxed during long ride stints. 

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Cockpit Area

Want more sport inside, upgrade to the full carbon fiber seats which looks simply jaw-dropping. Numerous features like heating and ventilated seats, steering mounted controls, multiple small-item storage options, and many more.

Models

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

2020 Toyota Supra

2020 BMW Z4

Seating Capacity

2

2

2

2

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

NA/NA/NA

37.9/54.4/42.8*

38.3/54.4/42.2

38.9/54.3/42.2

The exact dimension of the 718 Spyder has not been released but we can estimate it to be spacious enough for two occupants. Both the Bimmer and the Supra offer a generous amount of room inside the cabin but the Z4 and the Sypder get unlimited headroom and all the wind in the hair feeling which the Supra can’t go up against.

Infotainment System:

Year after year, Porsche has ensured regular updates in the infotainment setup of the 718 Spyder. The latest model of the 718 Spyder is expected to get the latest tech amenities and connectivity options for hassle-free data streaming. Features like Wi-Fi Hotspot, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, CD Player, a Navigation System, and a premium audio setup to keep the music lovers grooved. 

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Infotainment System

The 2021 model is expected to get a full digital cluster and a bigger touchscreen infotainment screen with a range of applications. Also, the steering mounted controls improve accessibility and make toggling to the next song or taking up a call seamless.

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Interior Image
2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Interior Image
2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Interior Image
2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Interior Image
2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Interior Image
2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Interior Image
2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Interior Image

2021 Porsche 718 Exterior

The overall exterior appeal of the Porsche 718 Spyder is very classy with a sculpted body and dynamic feel. With the new 2021 model, dynamic design concepts have reached a new level, improving high-speed performance and cornering agility of the convertible. The signature LED Porsche headlights, massive alloys, and smooth front design is an instant eye-grabber. Along with carbon fiber accents, aerodynamic fittings, and a low body gives the 718 Spyder a compact performance machine look.

Models

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

2020 Toyota Supra

2020 BMW Z4

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,136

3,366

3,397

3,287

Length (inches)

174.5

182.3

172.5

170.7

Width (inches)

71.0

76.1

73

73.4

Height (inches)

49.6

48.6

50.9

51.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

N/A

4.5

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

97.8

107.2

97.2

97.2

The lightest convertible in the segment is the new 2021 Porsche 718 Spyder. An indispensable advantage when it comes to high-performance convertible is its weight control. With a low height and above-average wheelbase, the stability and agility of the 718 Spyder are quite impressive.

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Exterior Image
2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Exterior Image
2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Exterior Image
2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Exterior Image
2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Exterior Image
2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Exterior Image
2021 Porsche 718 Spyder Exterior Image

2021 Porsche 718 Safety

With insane high-speed abilities, best-in-segment performance numbers, and highly dynamic body structure safety of the passengers are very important. Porsche has assured complete safety of the occupants in adverse situations with the addition of advanced safety features and driver aids. 

The 2021 Porsche Spyder is expected to get a complete airbag package, ABS control with EBD, front collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, parking assist, backup camera, and a few more. The lack of driver aids in the previous model is expected to go away with the latest release.

2021 Porsche 718 Competition

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder vs 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

In terms of performance numbers, the Corvette Stingray gets a headstart with a massive 6.2 Liter engine underneath making around 490 hp compared to the 718 Spyder’s 4.0 Liter flat-six churning 414 hp. 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

In terms of exterior design, the Porsche 718 Spyder as well as the Corvette Stingray looks intriguing with sporty curves and sculpted bodyline. The interior of the Porsche is much better with more premium material selection and loads of tech inside.

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder vs 2020 Toyota Supra

Toyota Supra is highly famed with its unique style and beastly performance. The coupe gets a 3.0 Liter Turbo straight-six which makes around 335 hp. On the other hand, we have the 718 Spyder which is much more powerful. 

The 718 Spyder also showcases a highly dynamic design with aerodynamic fittings and massive alloy wheels. The interior of both cars is at par with multiple upgradeable packages and loads of personalization options.

 2020 Toyota Supra

 

2021 Porsche 718 Final Verdict

A true German masterpiece with modern styling, thunderous performance, and impeccable interior cabin, the new 2021 Porsche 718 Spyder is expected to amuse Porsche lovers across the globe. 

The latest version gets a much-awaited automatic transmission option and is also expected to get minor exterior tweaks. The cabin will get loads of tech amenities with plush seating and option for full carbon fiber seats to bump-up the sporty vibe. The latest model will feature a wider range of driver assistance options which was lean in the previous version. 

Utmost reliability and high-speed abilities are assured by Porsche with exclusive material selection and cutting edge manufacturing methods. Overall, you can expect a balanced package among performance, style, and luxury in the new 2021 Porsche 718 Spyder.

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