2024 Porsche 718 Spyder RS to Make 493 Glorious Open-Air Horsepower (2024)

The Spyder RS will be the Boxster equivalent to the 718 Cayman GT4 RS, and it'll share an identical powertrain but miss out on the most aggressive aero.

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  • Porsche revealed the 718 Spyder RS, the most aggressive Boxster model to date.
  • The new Spyder RS will share the illustrious 4.0-liter six-cylinder from the 911 GT3 and 718 Cayman GT4 RS and will produce 493 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque.
  • The Spyder RS will carry a starting price tag of $162,150 when it begins arriving at dealerships in the spring of 2024.

Get your earplugs ready, then think better and throw them out, because Porsche has just announced the 2024 718 Spyder RS, the most aggressive Boxster model ever. Sourcing its 4.0-liter flat-six engine straight out of the 911 GT3 and 718 Cayman GT4 RS, the Spyder RS will be a naturally aspirated symphony.

Open Air, 9000 RPM, 493 Horsepower

We've been hearing rumors about a GT4 RS equivalent for some time, but now Porsche has confirmed it. In addition to the Spyder RS being a droptop, there are a few key differences, but Porsche assures in its press materials that the powertrains are identical. The 4.0-liter six-cylinder revs up to 9000 rpm and produces 493 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. That gives it a 79-hp advantage over the already powerful 718 Spyder.

Like every other modern Porsche with the RS designation, the Spyder RS will only be available with Porsche's seven-speed PDK automatic transmission. Just like in the Cayman, the ratios have been shortened to improve acceleration. According to Porsche, the new RS will match the Cayman's on-paper claim of a 3.2-second time to 60 mph. We reckon those are conservative estimates and think the new RS will manage closer to the 2.8-second time we recorded in our testing of the GT4 RS last spring.

The chassis of the new RS is a blend between the Cayman GT4 RS and the 718 Spyder. It comes standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management along with sport calibration, and has been lowered by 1.2 inches. It features a mechanical limited-slip differential at the rear, as well as ball-jointed suspension mountings and 20-inch center locking forged alloy wheels. Compared to the GT4 RS, the spring and damper rates have been reduced, something that will likely hurt lap times, but it's also what Porsche describes as "a more relaxed, characteristically convertible-style setup."

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The front end of the new RS is designed to be nearly identical to the front of the GT4 RS with a slightly shorter carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic splitter at the front to account for the lack of a wing at the rear. Instead, an enlarged and reshaped ducktail spoiler helps with downforce at the rear.

Upgrading to the Weissach package leads to even more weight savings. The front hood, door mirror caps, upper and lower side air intakes, and Gurney flap on the duckbill are all swapped for carbon-fiber replacements. The Weissach package also includes a titanium exhaust Porsche says is inspired by the limited-edition 935 from 2018.

Intentional Weight Savings

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As this is an RS model, Porsche was keenly focused on saving weight. That means fabric door straps instead of interior handles. Furthermore, when the weather gets nice and drivers want to enjoy their Spyder RS correctly (with the top down), they need to manually lower the soft top. Of course, weather non-permitting, that means getting out of the car and scurrying to and fro to get it secured in place again. The whole top weighs just over 40 pounds and shaves 16 pounds compared with the weight of the standard Spyder.

Once it begins arriving at dealerships in spring 2024, the new Spyder RS will carry a starting price tag of $162,150. Porsche plans to hold the public premiere for the car at a celebration in June before it makes an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. That's a roughly $20,000 premium over the starting price of the Cayman GT4 RS equivalent, though Porsche has always been good at getting customers to pay more for less.

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2024 Porsche 718 Spyder RS to Make 493 Glorious Open-Air Horsepower (2024)

FAQs

How much is a 2024 Porsche Spyder RS? ›

$162,350

How much horsepower does a 718 Spyder have? ›

You'll find a 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated engine under the hood of the Porsche 718 Spyder. It's capable of generating a heart-thumping 414 horsepower and up to 317 lb-ft of torque. That means it can screech to 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds. It's also capable of speeds up to 186 mph.

What's the fastest 2024 Porsche? ›

At Porsche, we're never not improving. Our desire to set the standard for what luxury and speed look and feel like is deeply embedded in our ethos. It's this need to continuously refine and refresh that keeps our fleet so fresh.

What is the fastest Porsche Spyder? ›

Porsche 918 Spyder

The 918 Spyder paired a 4.6-litre V8 with twin electric motors (one on each axle) to give the driver a combined 899PS of power. Less than 1,000 were made – 918 (of course!) to be exact – but those lucky owners were able to experience a 0-100km/h time of just 2.6 seconds.

What is the acceleration of the Spyder RS? ›

0-60 MPH Acceleration Time: 3.2 seconds.

Is a 718 Spyder fast? ›

The 500PS boxer engine revs to a maximum of 9,000rpm and is by far the most powerful in the 718 model range. With the combination of the seven-speed PDK transmission, 718 Spyder RS can reach the 100km/h mark from standstill in just 3.4 seconds and then on to the 200km/h mark in just 10.9 seconds. Top speed is 308km/h.

Can you daily drive a 718 Spyder? ›

Yes, it is possible to commute in a 718 Spyder. I do so in a temperate climate. Your main concern won't be rain and the roof.

Is the Porsche 718 Spyder rare? ›

As one of just 24 customer 718 RSK Spyders ever made, its exceptional documentation adds to its value and rarity. In 2021, this Porsche showcased its timeless elegance and engineering excellence by winning an award at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and securing First in Class at the Audrain Concours d'Elegance.

Which 718 is the fastest? ›

2023 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS: 493 hp/196 mph

So, if you want the fastest 2023 Porsche 718 0-60 time and the highest speed, invest in the GT4 RS or the top-level trim.

What is the top speed of Porsche 718 Spyder? ›

718 Spyder Specifications & Features
  • Top Speed. 301 Kmph.
  • Acceleration (0-100 kmph) 4.4 seconds. ...
  • Engine. 3995 cc, 6 Cylinders Flat, 6 Valves/Cylinder, DOHC. ...
  • Engine Type. MDG Flat-6. ...
  • Fuel Type. Petrol. ...
  • Max Power (bhp@rpm) 414 bhp @ 7600 rpm. ...
  • Max Torque (Nm@rpm) 420 Nm @ 5000 rpm. ...
  • Mileage (ARAI) 9.1 kmpl.

How many 718 Spyder were made? ›

718 Spyder: According to a PZ, approx. 7,500 units were produced.

Which Porsche has 1,000 horsepower? ›

Porsche unveils one of the fastest road cars in the world, featuring a 1,000-horsepower 'launch control' button. The Porsche Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach Package has no back seats to save weight. Porsche today introduced the most powerful production, or mass-produced, car it has ever made.

What is the fastest Porsche for sale? ›

The fastest Porsche you can get your hands on right now are the Porsche 911 Turbo models. With 0-60 times as low as 2.7 seconds, you'll rule the road whether you're hopping on the freeway near Hobbs or going for a pleasure drive on a country road.

How much is the Porsche Spyder RS? ›

The new Spyder RS will share the illustrious 4.0-liter six-cylinder from the 911 GT3 and 718 Cayman GT4 RS and will produce 493 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. The Spyder RS will carry a starting price tag of $162,150 when it begins arriving at dealerships in the spring of 2024.

Will Porsche make a Spyder RS? ›

2024 Porsche 718 Spyder RS Turns the Rennsport Focus to the Street. For this ultimate expression of the Boxster, Porsche's GT maestros prioritized on-road, rather than on-track, performance. On paper, the Porsche 718 Spyder RS is a Cayman GT4 RS without a roof and without a wing, though it is hardly without.

How much is the Porsche 3rs? ›

Porsche 911 GT3 RS is the petrol variant in the Porsche 911 lineup and is priced at Rs. 3.51 Crore. It gives a mileage of 7.4 kmpl.

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