Porsche is showcasing a strapping new power plant in a pair of new 718s.
The only essential difference between the 2020 718 Cayman GT4 and the 718 Spyder is the body style: the former is a coupe, the latter is a convertible.
Both are powered by a new naturally-aspirated, four-liter flat-six that produces 414 horsepower and red lines at soaring 8,000 rpm.
The engine comes mated to a six-speed manual that automatically rev matches—a feature that will come in handy for those who haven't mastered the heel-toe balancing act between throttle and brake.
Zero to 60 mph takes 4.2 seconds in each, but top speed for the GT4 is 188 mph, while the Spyder is exactly 1 mph slower. The traction, stability and anti-lock braking systems have all been tuned for the track.
As CNET's Road Show notes, both trims are aggressively style with a splitter and spoiler in the front and a diffuser, set of tinted taillights and sport exhaust in the rear. The Spyder has a manually operated fabric soft top.
Sport seats and a GT Sport steering wheel, air conditioning and Porsche's PCM infotainment system standard interior features. With regard to the cabins' aesthetics, the GT4 is finished in brushed aluminum, while the Spyder's matches the body.
If you can't wait to get behind the wheel of these sporty German horses, you'll have to wait until spring of 2020 when the 718 Cayman GT4 and Spyder go on sale for $100,450 and $97,555, respectively.