Mid-engine sports cars have a long history with Porsche. Starting with the Porsche 550 Spyder in 1953, the German car company has proven the superiority of the mid-engine concept, in combination with a consistent lightweight construction.
The Porsche 718 was the logical development of the mid-engine Sports Car: lightweight, fast, and beautiful. It captivated Porsche die-hards thanks to its outstanding power-to-weight ratio, top speed of up to 260 km/h (162 mph), and excellent maneuverability. This prompted them to continue the mid-engine trend with the Boxster in the 1990s, followed by the Cayman a decade later.
The newly developed cars follows the tradition of the 1957 718 with its flat-four engine, incorporating a fresh flat-four turbo engine developed by Porsche. The most important difference is preserved by means of the “Boxster” and “Cayman” names: one of the 718 models is open, the other closed.