The Porsche 718 Spyder RS is the last version of the Porsche 718 powered by a combustion engine before switching to an all-electric drivetrain in 2025. A 4-litre engine powers this new roadster, giving it 500hp and 450 Nm of torque, making it the most potent Boxster variant since the 1995 start of manufacturing. The Spyder RS has a top speed of 308 kph and goes from 0 to 100 kph in under 3.4 seconds.
The Spyder RS and 718 Cayman GT4 RS share a track-tested chassis modification kit that includes Porsche’s active suspension control system, corner-carving torque-vectoring, and a mechanical differential lock on the rear axle. With its aggressive downforce-boosting add-ons, gaping air ducts, carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) wings and bonnet, and 20-inch center-locking forged alloy wheels, the Spyder RS resembles the Cayman in appearance.
With redesigned air intakes positioned next to the headrests and a lightweight sports exhaust made of stainless steel, the Spyder RS improves the sound of the engine. Given the installation of a single-layer, lightweight canvas soft-top that weighs only 18.3kg, the open roof enhances the driving experience. To save 8kg while travelling, the canvas component can be packed away in the trunk or removed entirely.
The Spyder RS weighs 1410kg, This results in a power-to-weight ratio of 354hp per tonne. Pull ropes in place of door handles, minimalist RS unit steering wheel, and CFRP buckets with leather and microfiber upholstery make up the cabin. The price will be slightly higher than the coupe, but production numbers won’t be rigidly limited. At the next Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, the 718 Spyder RS will make its public debut.
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