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Porsche 718 Spyder RS Debuts As Final 718 Model With Combustion Engine

10 May 2023

Porsche has long been known for producing some of the world's most iconic and high-performance sports cars, and the Porsche 718 has been a staple of the brand's lineup since the mid-20th century. However, all good things must come to an end, and the latest iteration of the 718 will be the last to feature a combustion engine. To mark this occasion, Porsche has released the 718 Spyder RS, a limited edition model that showcases the very best of what the 718 has to offer.

The 718 Spyder RS specifications

The 718 Spyder RS specifications

The 718 Spyder RS is a true driver's car, with a focus on performance and handling above all else. Under the hood, it features a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine that produces 502 horsepower and 346 Nm of torque. Paired with a six-speed manual transmission, this powertrain allows the 718 Spyder RS to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmh in just 3.7 seconds, and reach a top speed of 300 kmh

However, the 718 Spyder RS is about more than just straight-line speed. Porsche has made significant improvements to the car's chassis, suspension, and brakes to make it a truly exceptional handling machine. The car features Porsche's Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, which can adjust the damping of the shocks to provide optimal performance in any driving situation. It also has a mechanical limited-slip differential and Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system to ensure that power is delivered to the wheels smoothly and predictably.

The 718 Spyder RS is also a visually stunning car, with a design that is both sleek and aggressive. The car features a distinctive front fascia with large air intakes, a sculpted rear diffuser, and a manually operated rear spoiler that can be adjusted to provide additional downforce when needed. The car rides on 20-inch wheels with high-performance tires, and features ceramic composite brakes with bright yellow calipers.

Inside the 718 Spyder RS

Inside the 718 Spyder RS

Inside the cabin, the 718 Spyder RS is all business. The car features sport seats with leather and Alcantara upholstery, along with a sport steering wheel that is wrapped in leather and has a red center marker. The car also features Porsche's Communication Management (PCM) system, which includes a touchscreen display and a navigation system.

Overall, the Porsche 718 Spyder RS is a fitting sendoff for the 718 lineup. With its naturally aspirated engine, manual transmission, and focus on handling and performance, it represents everything that Porsche enthusiasts love about the brand. While the move to electric powertrains may be inevitable, the 718 Spyder RS proves that there is still plenty of life left in the traditional combustion engine.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

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