Porsche Made a 2.0-Liter 718 Spyder For China and It's Very Pink

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Photo credit: Porsche

In China, the 718 is Porsche's best-selling sports car. Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, head of sports cars at Porsche, once told R&T that without China, the 718 likely wouldn't exist at all. A big reason for the 718's popularity is its base 2.0-liter flat-four. Cars in China are taxed by engine displacement, and it's far more expensive to own a car with an engine larger than 2.0 liters, which is why Porsche is now offering the 718 Spyder with its smallest four-cylinder for the Chinese market.

Revealed at this week's Auto Shanghai 2021, the 718 Spyder ditches the glorious 4.0-liter flat-six it gets in other markets for a 300-hp 2.0-liter turbo flat-four paired with a seven-speed PDK. There's also a bit more standard equipment, but the bodywork is identical to the 718 Spyder sold elsewhere, except for the bumpers, which come from the GTS models.

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Photo credit: Porsche

Notably, this Chinese-market 718 Spyder gets the same Porsche Motorsport-developed chassis as the 4.0-liter car sold elsewhere. It definitely has the finicky manual-folding roof, however, which resides under the double-bubble rear decklid. This particular car also has a particularly lurid exterior color, Frozen Berry Metallic, which was introduced with the Taycan and now available in U.S.-market 718 models if you're feeling brave.

What's funny about the Chinese-market 718 Spyder is that with a 2.0-liter flat-four, it's now has even more common with its Fifties race-car namesake. The original 718 RSK had Porsche's famous twin-cam flat-four "Carrera" engine.

Photo credit: Porsche
Photo credit: Porsche

And don't think this is really an alternative to the six-cylinder 718 Spyder with all the looks and less of the cost. It'll start at ¥738,000, which is around $113,000 at today's exchange rates. In the U.S., the 718 Spyder starts at a comparatively reasonable $99,650.

Hat tip to Zerin Dube!

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