Porsche says goodbye to the petrol-powered 718 Boxster, but goes out with a bang. This is the new 718 Spyder RS and it uses the same 4.0 liter boxer engine as the 911 GT3. Read on for everything you need to know.
- New Porsche 718 Spyder RS unveiled
- Open version of the Cayman GT4 RS
- The same 4.0 liter flat-six as this car
- 500 hp and 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds
- Lowered, reinforced chassis
- On sale now with prices starting at £123,000
The new Porsche 718 Spyder RS has been unveiled and is essentially an open-top version of the Cayman GT4 RS.
It uses the same 4.0-litre flat-six engine as this car and is available to order now with prices starting at £123,000.
New design of the Porsche 718 Spyder RS
The new Porsche 718 Spyder RS looks a lot like a Cayman GT4 RS with the roof off, which isn’t really a surprise.
The front section corresponds more or less to that of the Cayman. It has the same lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) hood as that car, as well as the same brake cooling vents in the lower bumper. You also get some side blades to increase downforce.
The RS shares the same double-bubble rear end as the standard 718 Spyder. It also means you have a lightweight roof that’s removable, rather than the foldable soft-top arrangement you have on the Boxster.
The roof is delivered in two parts. There’s a ‘sun shade’ that protects you from the sun while keeping the sides of the car open, and a weather screen that protects the cabin from the elements.
There is no massive spoiler at the rear of the Spyder like on the Cayman GT4 RS. Instead, you get an extended version of the duck-tail spoiler on the standard 718 Spyder.
New Porsche 718 Spyder RS chassis and suspension
The new Porsche 718 Spyder RS uses a similar chassis setup to the Cayman GT4 RS. It’s 30mm lower than the standard 718 Spyder, and you get Porsche’s Torque Vectoring system as standard.
This makes the car feel more agile in the corners, and the suspension is also fully adjustable so you can set it up exactly how you want it.
As an RS car, it is also 40 kg lighter than the standard 718 Spyder. The CFRP bonnet keeps the pounds in check, as does the fabric roof, which saves 16.5 kg in weight on the Porsche Boxster.
New Porsche 718 Spyder RS engine and performance
Behind the driver’s head sits the same naturally aspirated 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine from the Porsche 911 GT3 in the new Porsche 718 Spyder RS. It has 500 hp and 450 hp, just like the Cayman GT4 RS.
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0-60mph is mastered in 3.4 seconds, exactly the same as the Cayman. This impressive speed is aided by the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and power is sent to the rear wheels only.
New Porsche 718 Spyder RS interior
The highlight of the interior of the new Porsche 718 Spyder RS are the carbon fiber bucket seats. They are half leather and half faux suede and you can have the center in either red or gray.
You also get a leatherette steering wheel with a yellow 12 o’clock marker, just like the Cayman GT4 RS.
New Porsche 718 Spyder RS Weissach Pack
If you’re looking to up the ante on your Spyder RS, consider adding the Weissach Package. Outside you get forged magnesium alloy wheels and a sports exhaust system with titanium tips.
You also get Alcantara on the dash, as well as a snazzy-looking center analog lap timer.
Price and release date of the new Porsche 718 Spyder RS
The new Porsche 718 Spyder RS is available to order now and is expected to be delivered in July.
In terms of price, it costs the same as the Cayman GT4 RS. So you’ll have to part with £123,000 for this open-topped chainarm.
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