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Unveiling the 2024 Porsche 718 Spyder RS: 493 Heart-pounding Horsepower in an Open-Air Beauty

Updated: May 15

Have you caught wind of the rumors of a new Porsche Spyder RS that is said to be the most aggressive Boxster model to date? Let us give you a run down of how this ride will leave you breathless.

Official photo of Porsche 718 Spyder

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The rumors were true, and Porsche has officially confirmed the arrival of the 2024 718 Spyder RS, the GT4 RS equivalent in the Spyder lineup. While the Porsche Spyder RS shares similarities with its coupe sibling, it boasts a few distinct features while retaining an identical powertrain. The remarkable 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine revs up to an astonishing 9000 rpm, delivering a commanding 493 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. This grants it a remarkable 79-horsepower advantage over the already impressive 718 Spyder.

As with any Porsche RS model, the 718 Spyder RS is exclusively available with Porsche's seven-speed PDK automatic transmission. The gear ratios have been finely tuned for improved acceleration, allowing the new RS to match the Cayman's impressive on-paper claim of reaching 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. However, we anticipate even more impressive performance, with the GT4 RS suggesting a potential time closer to 2.9 seconds.

The chassis of the 718 Spyder RS represents a fusion of the Cayman GT4 RS and the 718 Spyder, featuring Porsche Active Suspension Management with sport calibration and a lowered ride height of 1.2 inches. A mechanical limited-slip differential at the rear, ball-jointed suspension mountings, and 20-inch center locking forged alloy wheels ensure exceptional handling. While the spring and damper rates have been slightly reduced compared to the GT4 RS, this allows for a more relaxed and characteristic convertible-style setup.

Designed to be reminiscent of the GT4 RS, the front end of the 718 Spyder RS features a nearly identical appearance, complete with a slightly shorter carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic splitter to compensate for the absence of a rear wing. Instead, an enlarged and reshaped ducktail spoiler enhances rear downforce.

Back view of the Porsche 718 Spyder

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As a true testament to the RS lineage, the 718 Spyder RS places a strong emphasis on weight reduction in its thoughtful design choices. Interior handles have been replaced with fabric door straps, embodying a more purposeful and weight-conscious approach. Additionally, to fully enjoy the open-air experience, drivers must manually lower the soft top, adding a touch of engagement and connection with the car. The lightweight top weighs just over 40 pounds, shedding 16 pounds compared to the standard Porsche Spyder model.

For those seeking even greater weight savings, the optional Weissach package is available. This package includes carbon-fiber replacements for the front hood, door mirror caps, upper and lower side air intakes, and Gurney flap on the ducktail. Inspired by the limited-edition 935 from 2018, the Weissach package also offers a titanium exhaust system.

Porsche 718 Spyder

Photo from Porsche

Brace yourself for the arrival of the 2024 718 Spyder RS at select dealerships in the spring of 2024, with a price tag starting at $162,150. Mark your calendars for the grand public premiere event in June, followed by an exhilarating appearance at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed. While the Spyder RS may command a premium over the Cayman GT4 RS, Porsche's legacy of captivating enthusiasts and delivering unrivaled driving experiences makes it totally worth it!

Many are saying this could be the best mid-engined sports car ever from Porsche. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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