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Porsche 718 Spyder review

£73,405 - £76,940
Published: 14 Nov 2019


What is it like on the inside?

Of course it’s brilliant in here. Porsche nails ergonomics in its sports cars, and being a model of a slightly older generation – the Boxster this is based upon dates back to 2012 – the dials are analogue, too. We love the manual gearbox, so of course we love a set of instruments that have avoided going digital.

Alcantara's wrapped around the whole steering wheel as standard, which is something not every carmaker actually understands the importance of when setting a racecar-for-the-road vibe. You can have a fire extinguisher in the passenger footwell if you really want to take that feeling to its extreme, too…

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While the last two Spyders were lightweight specials that binned the air con and stereo (unless you asked your dealer to pop them back in), this one has a full suite of everyday stuff that – in truth – will probably make you drive it more. So proper climate control sits alongside Porsche’s PCM media system, one that’ll display its own sat nav or connect to Apple CarPlay while playing sound through a six-speaker stereo system.

There are luggage compartments front and rear, so it’s no less practical than a regular Boxster – which is to say it’s a very usable sports car if you only need two seats – while those seats are electrically adjusted as standard, but can be optionally switched to full, carbon-backed buckets for £3,788. Not cheap, but they look and feel the part.

Three cheers for Porsche’s delightfully overengineered cupholders, too. They’ve been a mainstay in its sports cars for well over a decade but the 992-gen 911 has ditched them, suggesting the next, electric-only Boxster and Cayman will too. We’ll mourn their passing; wonderfully damped, expertly constructed and with a little illustration on their neat ‘n’ tidy cover that appears to display a small cocktail rather than a hastily bought petrol station Costa. Yeah, the Germans know how to party.

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