New Porsche 718 Spyder RS revealed: everything you need to know

May 10, 2023 by

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Porsche is waving goodbye to the petrol-powered 718 Boxster, however it’s going out with a bang. This is the new 718 Spyder RS, and it uses the same 4.0-litre flat-six as the 911 GT3. Read on for all you need to know. 

  • New Porsche 718 Spyder RS revealed
  • Open-topped version of Cayman GT4 RS
  • Same 4.0-litre flat-six as that car
  • 500hp and 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds
  • Lowered, stiffened suspension
  • On sale now with prices starting at £123,000

The new Porsche 718 Spyder RS has been revealed, and it’s essentially an open-topped version of the Cayman GT4 RS.

It uses the same 4.0-litre flat-six engine as that car, and it’s available to order now with prices starting from £123,000.

New Porsche 718 Spyder RS design

The new Porsche 718 Spyder RS looks a lot like a Cayman GT4 RS with the roof lopped off, which is no surprise really.

The front end is more or less the same as the Cayman’s. It has the same lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) bonnet 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 has the same double-bubble rear end as the standard 718 Spyder. This also means you have a lightweight roof which is removable, rather than the folding soft-top arrangement you have on the Boxster.

The roof comes in two pieces. There’s a “sun-sail” which shades you from the sun while keeping the sides of the car open, as well as a weather protector to keep the elements out of the cabin.

There’s no massive spoiler at the rear of the Spyder like you get on the Cayman GT4 RS. Instead, you get an extended version of the ducktail spoiler on the standard 718 Spyder.

New Porsche 718 Spyder RS chassis and suspension

The new Porsche 718 Spyder RS uses a similar suspension setup to the Cayman GT4 RS. It’s lowered by 30mm over the standard 718 Spyder, and you get Porsche’s Torque Vectoring system as standard.

This makes the car feel more agile through the bends, and the suspension is also fully adjustable so you can set it up exactly as you want it.

Being an RS car, it’s also lighter than the standard 718 Spyder by 40kg. That CFRP bonnet keeps the pounds at bay, as does the fabric roof which shaves 16.5kg off the weight of the folding setup on the Porsche Boxster.

New Porsche 718 Spyder RS engine and performance

Sitting behind the driver’s head in the new Porsche 718 Spyder RS is the same 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine from the Porsche 911 GT3. It puts out 500hp and 450Nm of torque, just like the Cayman GT4 RS.

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0-60mph is dealt with in 3.4 seconds, exactly the same as the Cayman. This impressive turn of speed is helped by the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and power is sent to the rear wheels only.

New Porsche 718 Spyder RS interior

The highlight in the cabin of the new Porsche 718 Spyder RS is the carbon fibre bucket seats. They’re half leather and half faux suede, and you can have the centre finished in either red or grey.

You also get a faux suede steering wheel with a yellow 12-o’clock marker, just like the Cayman GT4 RS.

New Porsche 718 Spyder RS Weissach Pack

If you want to up the ante on your Spyder RS, you’ll want to add the Weissach Pack. Outside this gets you forged magnesium alloy wheels, as well as a sports exhaust system with titanium tips.

The standard car gets 20-inch forged alloy wheels (pictured)

You also get an Alcantara on the dashboard, as well as a posh-looking analogue lap timer in the middle.

How much does the new Porsche 718 Spyder RS cost?

The new Porsche 718 Spyder RS is available to order now, and deliveries are expected to start in July.

As for price, it costs exactly the same as the Cayman GT4 RS. So you’ll have to part with £123,000 for this open-topped track weapon.

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