Porsche 718 Spyder RS Revealed. Peak Boxster!
The new 718 Spyder GT4 RS serves as the final version of Porsche's mid-engined sports car series before transitioning to a pure-electric drivetrain in 2025. It is the most powerful variant of the Boxster since its debut in 1995, featuring a 493bhp and 332lb ft engine derived from the 911 GT3 model. Equipped with a seven-speed PDK gearbox, the roadster accelerates from 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 191mph.
Porsche highlights the open roof design, which enhances the engine sound experience, thanks to a lightweight stainless steel sports exhaust and air intakes positioned near the headrests. The Spyder GT4 RS shares a visual resemblance with the Cayman model, showcasing elements like air ducts, aerodynamic enhancements, a carbonfibre-reinforced plastic bonnet and wings, and 20-inch center-locking forged alloy wheels.
The car boasts a track-focused chassis upgrade, offering a lowered ride height, stiffer shocks, Porsche's active suspension management (PASM) system, and a torque-vectoring package with a mechanical differential lock on the rear axle. Porsche emphasizes that the vehicle is designed to deliver a pleasurable driving experience on winding roads.
Inside the new Porsche 718 Spyder RS, the standout feature is undoubtedly the carbon fiber bucket seats. These seats exude a sporty and lightweight feel, combining both leather and faux suede materials. The unique design allows for a striking contrast, and drivers have the option to choose between red or grey accents for the center portion of the seats. This customization adds a touch of personalization to the interior, allowing drivers to tailor the cabin to their preferences.
Complementing the exceptional seating arrangement is the faux suede steering wheel, which features a distinctive yellow 12-o'clock marker, reminiscent of the Cayman GT4 RS. This detail not only adds a visual highlight to the interior but also serves as a practical feature, aiding drivers in maintaining proper steering alignment during spirited driving. The faux suede material enhances grip and provides a tactile and luxurious feel, contributing to the overall driver-focused ambiance of the cabin.
The Porsche 718 Spyder RS is available to order now with prices starting at £123,000. Deliveries are expected in July.
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