2024 Porsche 718 Spyder RS Announced With 718 Cayman GT4 RS Powertrain
The Porsche 718 Spyder has always delivered a thrilling open-top driving experience, but there’s a new variant coming that promises to up the ante significantly. The 2024 718 Spyder RS borrows the 4.0-liter flat-six from the 718 Cayman GT4 RS and combines it with Porsche’s excellent seven-speed PDK transmission. Power output is prodigious, at 493 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque.
As expected, the resulting performance from that potent pairing is tremendous. The car rockets to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.2 seconds and offers a hairline-diminishing 191 mph. Porsche said the RS is 59 pounds lighter than the standard 718 Spyder and notes a 79-horsepower bump over the “lesser” model.
Much of the front-end design borrows from the Cayman GT4 RS, but the Spyder features a ducktail spoiler instead of the Cayman’s wing in the back. The manual soft top features a two-piece design, with a sun shade and a weather protector. Even with the top installed, however, passengers’ sides and back are still exposed to the elements.
The interior is performance-driven, with lightweight full-bucket seats and black-red contrasting colors. A Spyder RS emblem is stitched into the headrests unless the car is equipped with the optional lightweight Weissach Package, which brings unique stitching.
Pricing starts at a healthy $162,350, but Porsche buyers rarely leave the dealership without stacking more than a few options on top. The car is expected on dealers’ lots in the Spring of 2024, but as many new Porsche releases go, it might be hard to find.
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Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.
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