2021 Porsche 718 Spyder review

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  • Exceptional handling and steering
  • Powerful flat-six engine
  • Wide range of options


  • Ride might be too firm for some
  • Pricier than many competitors
  • Limited technology features

Mileage (EPA estimate)

16 city, 23 highway, 19 combined

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Open-top excitement for driving purists

The 2021 Porsche 718 Spyder epitomizes the thrill of driving. As part of the 718 Boxster lineup, the Spyder elevates the open-top experience with its remarkable performance and design. It's more than an entry-level sports car; it's a testament to Porsche's commitment to driving excellence.

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What is new for the 2021 Porsche 718 Spyder?

  • 718 Spyder trims have been upgraded with Front Seat Heaters, Leather Seats, and Automatic Transmission as standard equipment this year.
  • A/C Seat(s), Smart Key, Lane Departure Warning, Head Up Display, Automated Cruise Control, and Blind Spot Monitor features are now available as options on select trims.

2021 Porsche 718 Spyder trims

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  • 414-hp, 309-lb-ft of torque 4.0L
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Rear View Camera
  • Power Mirrors
  • Leather Seats
  • Traction Control
  • Parking Sensors

5 reasons to buy the 2021 Porsche 718 Spyder

1. Flat-six engine performance 

The 718 Spyder's 4.0L flat-six engine, offering 414 hp and up to 317 lb-ft of torque with the PDK transmission, makes every drive exhilarating. Accelerating to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, it combines power with an unforgettable auditory experience, courtesy of its sport exhaust system with distinct black tailpipes. With the roof down, you'll be seeking out the longest tunnels to amplify this glorious sound. 

2. Precision handling 

The Spyder's sport suspension, lowered by 30 mm, offers incredible handling no matter what type of road you're on. Engineered for direct road contact and agility, it features a brake-based differential and Porsche Torque Vectoring, including a rear differential lock. This setup enhances stability and vehicle response, especially through the corners. 

3. Spyder style 

With styling cues inspired by its race car siblings, the 2021 718 Spyder boasts an unmistakable silhouette and aerodynamic front design. Its front spoiler and central air intake optimize performance, while the distinctive rear diffuser and Spyder-specific trim add to its sporty allure. This is a sports car you’ll love looking back in the parking lot at as much as you love to drive it... almost. 

4. Feel the wind in your hair 

The manually operated, lightweight convertible top of the 718 Spyder is not just functional, it looks great too. Easy to operate, it seamlessly integrates into the car's streamlined profile. The option of a two-tone red and black roof, as part of the Spyder Classic package, adds a unique touch to this exhilarating convertible. 

5. Interior designed for driving 

Inside, the 718 Spyder is all about the driving experience. The elevated center console, GT sport steering wheel, and shortened gear lever emphasize its sports car ergonomics. The sports seats with 'Spyder' logo embroidery and Alcantara® centers immerse you in a cockpit where every detail is designed for driving. 

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Porsche 718 Spyder features and specs

Roadster 2WD 2D Convertible

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • ABS Brakes
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Manual Transmission
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Soft Top
  • Traction Control
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Burmester Audio
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Manual Transmission
  • Navigation System
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Smart Key

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Manual 6

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