Porsche Takes The Top Off Its 718
An apt swan song to the line’s combustion engine, the 718 Spyder RS is the most powerful iteration of the mid-engined roadster yet — and has a soundtrack to match.
Three decades after the launch of the first Boxster concept car, Porsche has dropped the top of its most powerful mid-engined roadster yet. The open-top version of the Cayman GT4 RS, the Porsche 718 Spyder RS boasts the identical specs to its closed-top sibling, equipped with the same ear-splitting 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine, boasting an output of 368 kW and maximum torque of 450 Nm. The 718 Spyder RS races from 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds, maxing out at 314km/h.
Aerodynamic adjustments allowed the German marque to retain the specs of the Cayman GT4 RS. While the 718 Spyder RS looks relatively unchanged from the front—like the Cayman GT4 RS, the bonnet is crafted from lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced plastic and topped with two NACA air inlet ducts to enhance brake cooling—the addition of side blades flanking the outer ends of the bumper work to increase downforce. The front spoiler lip is marginally shorter than on the 718 Cayman GT4 RS, to balance out the reduced downforce produced by the ducktail-shaped rear spoiler that takes the place of the large rear wing on the coupe.
The manually operated soft top has been redesigned to provide a weight advantage over the non ‘RS’ 718 Spyder variant—at 18.3kg, it’s 7.6kg lighter. Consisting of two parts—a sun sail and a weather deflector—the soft-top is completely removable and can be stowed within the vehicle.
Designed with steering precision and agile handling in mind, the chassis sees the spring and damper rates reduced from the 718 Cayman GT4 RS for a more convertible-style setup. Meanwhile, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) comes standard, with Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) working alongside the rear differential lock to improve stability and allow for better cornering.
“The 718 Spyder RS raises driving pleasure to a new level for open-top vehicles,” notes Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Cars at Porsche. “The combination of our unmistakable GT3 engine, the close-ratio transmission, compact dimensions, low weight, road-optimised racing suspension and maximum openness offers an extremely compelling and unfiltered driving experience.”
The cabin takes on a distinctly sporty appearance, with a race car approach paring down the interiors to the essentials. The RS sports steering wheel is clad in Race-Tex material, which also appears alongside leather on the carbon-fibre reinforced plastic bucket seats. In true racing form, the seats take on a contrasting effect with options for Race-Tex in Arctic Grey or Carmine Red.
As for the exterior? It’s available in four plain and three metallic hues, including Arctic Grey, Shark Blue, Ruby Star Neo, and the new Vanadium Grey Metallic (pictured here).
The new Porsche 718 Spyder RS is available for order from today onwards and is priced from $336,800 (before ORC), with deliveries expected to commence in Q2 2024.
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