Porsche Launches ‘Pink’ 718 Spyder Model Especially For The Chinese Market
From developing thoroughbred exhilarating sports cars to building snuggly compact sedans and SUVs, Porsche has never failed to delight its fans. Throughout its models, the German automobile manufacturer has maintained a healthy balance of price and luxury. And with the release of its Porsche 718 Spyder, it wishes to redefine the automobile market, particularly in China.
Since its launch in 2017, the Porsche 718 has been a great hit in China. According to the head of the company’s sports car division, Frank-Steffen Walliser, if it weren’t for China, the 718 models would have never existed in the first place, the reason being China’s car taxation policies which measure vehicle’s engine displacement. In China, cars with engines larger than 2.0 liters are taxed higher; that’s why Porsche is launching the 718 Spyder with a smaller four-cylinder engine.
Hop on to learn more about the model.
What’s unique about the 718 Spyder model?
Unveiled at the 2021 Auto Shanghai, the 718 Spyder has finally said goodbye to its 414-hp 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine and adopted a 300-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It has enhanced its equipment setup to a more standard one while keeping most of its body similar to all other 718 Spyder models. Except for the bumpers inspired by Porsche’s GTS model, everything else is the same in the 718’s body sold across the world.
The China-market Spyder flaunts a standard Boxster chassis and comes with a manual-folding roof hidden under the double-bubble rear decklid. It features a uniquely bright ‘Frozen Berry’ metallic color, which first came to light in 2020 after introducing Taycan.
The most surprising thing about this model is that it’s very similar to the original 718 RSK model of the fifties. That model was famous for its Carrera 2.0 liters engine with four cylinders. Though the 718 Spyder model has downsized its engine, it will not make it less costly. According to reports, the model’s starting price might be somewhere around $113,000 as per the current exchange rates. FYI, the starting price of 718 Spyder models in the U.S. is comparatively a lot lower at $99,650.
Is it safe for the Chinese market?
Even though Porsche is launching the 718 Spyder models in China, there have been concerns over its engine issues in other parts of the world. Recently, the company recalled 190 vehicles from the 2021 Cayman, Boxster, and 718 Spyder models with six-cylinder engines over a possible connecting rod cracking problem that could lead to engine damage, stalling, or potential fire.
Porsche stopped the sale of these models until further notice and stated that it had informed the owners and prospective buyers about the recall. When asked about the time needed for solving the problem, the company refused to give any estimate. So, we guess only time will tell how the new pink car fares with the Chinese buyers.
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