The latest and greatest to bear the Stuttgart crest is the 2024 Porsche 718 Spyder RS. This new variant is marketed as the most aggressive Boxster yet. It packs the rear-mounted heart from the 911 GT3 and a chassis that blends the Cayman GT4 RS and the 718 Spyder. The new RS model gives you more power and weight for your money.
The 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine in the 2024 Porsche 718 Spyder RS packs 79 more horsepower than the standard 718 Spyder and 331 lb.-ft of torque. Purists may scoff that this model is only available with a seven-speed PDK automatic transmission. However, they may get over it when they feel the naturally-aspirated engine roar through the gears from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds.
Standard equipment on the 718 Spyder RS includes Porsche Active Suspension Management with sports calibration. In addition, the car sits lower by 1.2 inches and rides on 20-inch center-locking forged alloy wheels. Other go-fast goodies include a mechanical limited-slip differential, ball-jointed suspension mountings, and reduced spring and damper rates.
In terms of styling, the Porsche 718 Spyder RS features a similar-looking front to the GT4 RS but with a shortened carbon fiber reinforced plastic splitter. An enlarged, reshaped ducktail spoiler at the back helps push the rear end to the road.
Those looking to shave off a few extra pounds can opt for the Weissach package. This replaces several components like the hood, door mirror caps, and side air intakes with carbon-fiber replacements, in addition to adding a titanium exhaust system. However, even without the Weissach package, the 718 Spyder RS saves weight with fabric door straps and a manually operated soft top. Porsche claims the soft top only weighs 40 pounds. The 2024 Porsche 718 Spyder RS will officially debut in June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed before arriving at dealerships in spring 2024.
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