2024 Porsche 718 Spyder RS Announced With 718 Cayman GT4 RS Powertrain

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

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.

[Image: Porsche]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

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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  • Tassos Tassos on May 10, 2023

    Looks great, (and probably drives much better), and it is just an entry level Boxster, not a 911 or pricier offering. Shows you that if you really excel at what you do, you can charge whatever the hell you want, and many will gladly pay it.

    Porsche, Ferrari, Lambo, but also Rolls, know that. The Detroit 3 MIGHT learn something from this if they paid careful attention the last 70 years or so.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on May 10, 2023

    1.8% weight savings.

  • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on May 10, 2023

    Hey wait, PDK only???

  • Kcflyer Kcflyer on May 11, 2023

    So for nearly 3 times the price of a base C8 it's almost as quick. Hmm.