We have the 718 Spyder listed out separately, but it can essentially be seen as a special trim of the 718 Boxster. It comes with 20-inch wheels, bi-Xenon headlights, leatherette seating, and a 4.6-inch instrument cluster.
In addition to the aforementioned engine and suspension upgrades, the Spyder gets a lightweight manual-folding cloth convertible top eschewing motorization for weight savings, as well as enhanced aerodynamic elements that increase downforce and improve traction when cornering.
The Spyder offers similar levels of interior customization as the Boxster with various materials like aluminum, leather, and carbon fiber that can be dressed up in many colors and combinations (for a price, of course).
We find the Spyder Classic Interior Package ($2,800) to be the most compelling way to deck out the inside. This dresses up the interior with a two-tone mix of Bordeaux Red and Black leather, GT Silver interior trim, and a two-tone fabric top that reminisces on Porsche race cars of the past.
The Spyder does receive classic Porsche options like active dampers and the Sport Chrono package as standard, but there are other upgrades that Porsche leaves optional. Most prominently are the carbon ceramic brakes ($8,000) that can bring it to a stop unbelievably quickly.
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If we were outfitting a 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder, we would choose the Spyder Classic Interior Package and forgo the carbon ceramic brakes; not only are they expensive upfront, servicing them can be outrageously pricey.
If something with a hard roof is more up your alley, check out the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 – it's a Spyder coupe in everything but name.