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CarAdvice podcast 158: Interviewing Charlie Cooper, the grandson of John Cooper

On this week's podcast, Scott Collie and James Wong join Mandy Turner. In car news, the Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder, 718 Cayman GT4, and the 2020 Renault Zoe have been revealed. Also, Toyota Australia is chasing the Tundra and Tacoma to tackle American challengers, and the Holden Astra sedan and Sportwagon have been axed...

Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder, 718 Cayman GT4 revealed

Porsche has finally unveiled a successor to the much-loved Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder with the new, um, 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Boxster Spyder. The names might be familiar, but the hotter new 718 Cayman and Boxster have been given a thorough working over compared to the standard 718 range, let alone their predecessors...

2019 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder teased

Porsche has teased a harder-core 718 Boxster, the Spyder, ahead of a likely reveal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month. In a video titled 'Are you ready?' we get a fleeting peek at what appears to be a hotter version of the Boxster. The car is described as "perfectly irrational" but details are hard to come by beyond that...

RS5 v Cayman GTS v Exige 430 drag race - video

What happens when you line up an Audi RS5, a Lotus Exige Cup 430, and a Porsche 718 Cayman GTS on a runway for a quarter-mile drag race? The UK's Top Gear decided to find out the answer, pitting the three very different performance cars against each other in a straight-line shootout. Power in the Audi comes from a Porsche-developed 2...

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 spied

Porsche is prepping its hottest, track-ready 718 Cayman at the Nurburgring, ahead of a likely reveal later this year. The new GT4 will follow in the footsteps of the last model, which took Porsche's mid-engined sports car and turned it into a track weapon. Since that car was released, Porsche has subbed the atmospheric flat-six from the Cayman for a turbocharged four-cylinder unit...

Mercedes-AMG G63 drags Audi RS3, Porsche Cayman GTS

Much has been made of the fact Mercedes-Benz slots a twin-turbo AMG V8 into its G-Class. Sure, the G63 looks like an old-fashioned off-roader, but it's fast enough to make sports cars nervous in a straight line. It might weigh 2500kg, but 430kW and 850Nm are serious outputs...

2018 Porsche 718, 911 recalled

Porsche Australia is recalling certain 2018 718 and 911 models over concerns of faulty airbag sensors. The German marque reports affected vehicles have airbag sensors in the sides of the vehicle "that may not have been tensioned properly". If the condition occurs, the restraint systems may not protect the vehicle's passengers as intended in the event of a collision...

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 spied at the 'Ring

Photographers have snapped a largely uncamouflaged Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 prototype once again, this time doing laps at the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany. In these latest images it appears the vehicle is pretty much production ready, with the only bits missing being the badging at both ends...

2016-19 Porsche 718 Boxster, Cayman recalled

Porsche has recalled the 2016-19 718 Boxster and Cayman over a structural issue that puts the fuel tank at increased risk of damage in an accident. According to the company, a frontal collision could make the lower longitudinal crash beam penetrate the bulkhead wall. If that happens, there's a higher risk of the fuel tank being damaged, creating a risk of leakage and, by extension, fire...

2019 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder spied in the snow

The upcoming Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder has been spied again, this time during cold weather testing in snowy Europe. Following the launch of the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport last week, it looks like the German marque is readying the flagship versions of its Cayman and Boxster for an official reveal in the coming months. While the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport comes with a 3...

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport unveiled

The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport was unveiled overnight sporting not only 30 extra kilowatts, but also natural-fibre composite body parts. The new Clubsport is powered by dry sump 3.8-litre flat-six engine making 313kW of power at 7500rpm, and 425Nm of torque 6600rpm. All of that is channelled to the rear wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and a race-optimised mechanical rear differential lock...