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The 718 Boxster (or Cayman), it’s Newer- But is it better?

I had been itching to try the latest Boxster with all the controversy surrounding this car. I will be the first to admit I’m leery of change. I often don’t want to accept the latest fad or lingo. I adored our ‘06 987 Boxster – the feeling with the top down, the handling and that great soundtrack. I love classics, and although the older Boxsters are not really a classic, they still feel as though they are from another era with that great flat-six sound!
Even with all that, I wanted to experience what some have called the ‘Subaru Sounding’ four-cylinder turbo engine in the latest 718. Oh, the outcry from NA to turbo alone! Who would do such a thing! Still, I had heard it is superior in just about every way to the outgoing 987/981 generations. Could it overcome the feedback and excitement of that traditional NA-six? Ride along with me as I take out a relatively new 2018 718 base model Boxster for a ride in the Colorado mountains. Let’s see if this amazing car can get along with two fewer cylinders. Let me know your thoughts – are four cylinders enough?

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Beck Porsche 550 Spyder Review! Complete with Drive.

Have you ever fantasized as to what it would be like to drive a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder? That completely open feel, the roar of that air-cooled mid-ship engine right behind you. What would it be like to drive a car that weighs almost nothing but still has over 100HP? Well, unless you have about $4M in cash, you are a bit out of luck. …or are you? Have you ever thought about one of those beautiful Beck replicas? Sure, they have mostly VW running gear, but it isn’t all that different than the Porsche suspension, steering and brakes from 1955. They weigh about the same and have a similar construction without the hassles of a very soft aluminum body. What about the engine? Well, fitting a four-cam engine would be very expensive and they are finicky and difficult to keep in tune. A VW type 1 power plant can be built out to about the same power level and be much easier to maintain. Do I have you thinking about it yet? Well, if so, check out our review and drive of an early Beck Spyder fitted with a 1912cc VW engine pushing over 110hp on a tubular frame car. What do you think? Can you see yourself bombing around town in one of these silver beauties? Watch the video and see if a Spyder is right for you!

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It’s Amazing How Incredibly Fun and Easy it is to Work on a 550 Spyder Replica

Have you ever been tempted by some of the excellent replica Porsches out there? The iconic 1958 Speedster; 550 Spyder; 718 RSK; and even a replica 356 Cabriolet. In a lot of ways, they really make sense – much less expensive, parts are easy to source, upgrades like disc brakes and even air-conditioning! Construction quality can vary, but Beck has proven to be a good reliable car with great looks, good build quality and distinguished by a bespoke 3” tubular steel frame over a very well-built fiberglass body. The running hardware looks great and certainly looks the part. Standard power is a 1900cc VW type 1 engine with dual carbs delivering an experience not far off from the original.

We are lucky enough to have a friend with a Beck Spyder in need of a little engine work. In this first episode, I introduce the car and get started on the journey to get this car purring like a kitten!

Checking the Plugs and Cleaning the Carbs

Now it’s Time to do the Valves

Time to Remove the Right Cylinder Head

That’s it for now, but there is more on the way. If you want to follow along with the rest of the series, we’ll be updating this post as they come out or you can watch them direction on YouTube.

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Porsche Cayman Naturally Aspirated (the last of its kind)

I had never driven a Porsche Cayman before. Only a Boxster – a 987 Boxster S that we owned a few years back. So, when given the opportunity last month to drive one, I jumped at the chance. Boy, was it fun! It handled so well on the curves, and I could really feel the mid-enginey-ness in its handling. Still, I was a little sad when I drove this car. The current 718 Porsche Cayman no longer has that beautiful flat-six sound that this 981 has.

I have not driven the 718 Cayman, but I hear it is a joy to drive. I have talked to several satisfied 718 owners who say it is very exciting to drive. But, for me, the whole experience is also the sound of the car. Many 718 owners claim it doesn’t matter, but I think it does.

As we head into the world of electric and hybrid cars, I realize that the ‘petrol head’ such as myself is going to lose something; that intoxicating sound of the flat-six, normally-aspirated engine. I suppose that is inevitable, but I still really enjoyed this slightly older model Porsche with its amazing sound and handling. Come with me as I drive the last of a dying breed.

 
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Porsche Cayman Naturally Aspirated (the last of its kind)

I had never driven a Porsche Cayman before. Only a Boxster – a 987 Boxster S that we owned a few years back. So, when given the opportunity last month to drive one, I jumped at the chance. Boy, was it fun! It handled so well on the curves, and I could really feel the mid-enginey-ness in its handling. Still, I was a little sad when I drove this car. The current 718 Porsche Cayman no longer has that beautiful flat-six sound that this 981 has.

I have not driven the 718 Cayman, but I hear it is a joy to drive. I have talked to several satisfied 718 owners who say it is very exciting to drive. But, for me, the whole experience is also the sound of the car. Many 718 owners claim it doesn’t matter, but I think it does.

As we head into the world of electric and hybrid cars, I realize that the ‘petrol head’ such as myself is going to lose something; that intoxicating sound of the flat-six, normally-aspirated engine. I suppose that is inevitable, but I still really enjoyed this slightly older model Porsche with its amazing sound and handling. Come with me as I drive the last of a dying breed.

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