Contrary to opinion quite popularly held by petrolheads the world over, there are some things that a really great Porsche flat-six engine cannot do. It cannot and will not, for example, automatically perfect the driving experience of a top-of-the-range 718 sports car, it seems – although this one undeniably does the 718 Spyder a power of good.
For its free-revving flexibility, sensory richness and so much more, the performance of this mid-engined Porsche is now very special indeed. Its ride and handling on both road and track are likewise brilliantly judged, creating a brand of dynamic appeal that’s more precise and purposeful than is any Alpine A110 but can also make you giggle at times.
Better-chosen gear ratios would, however, better-distinguish the real-world speed of this car and its capacity to thrill. It’s not often you drive a new Porsche and can spot one way in which you might very easily improve it; except where the 718 is concerned, of course – and, a cynic might say, that might even be for commercially strategic reasons.