Porsche’s honed track GT4 RS is set to receive a drop-on Spyder variant and we caught the test for the first time – complete with a drop-in fabric roof. While there was Porsche Formerly Targa convertible RSs, the GT4 RS Spyder marks the first time we’ve seen the RS as a full-fledged convertible.
As we’ve seen on the Cayman GT4 RS, the Spyder gets a vented bonnet, wheel arch windows and vertical aero channels from the coupe. This pre-production car also shares central locking wheels with the GT4 RS, and a simplified fabric roof is reminiscent of the earlier lightweight version. Boxer Spy.
The new roof helps to free up the dual bubble rear deck that slopes down, forming a sizable active ducktail spoiler. Given that the coupe is equipped with a large rear spoiler, Porsche seems to have slightly tweaked the 718 Spyder RS’s front splitter to reduce downforce at the rear. That said, we can still see the Cayman GT4 RS’s ‘swan neck’ rear wing feature on the Spyder.
There are also new top air intakes for the mid-engine. On the GT4 RS, the air intakes are integrated into the rear side windows, but the Spyder’s fabric roof means they have to sit in the rear. If the GT4 RS is anything to go by, the original side intakes will be replaced for cooling.
At the rear of this prototype, the diffuser and twin exhausts remain the same as the standard 718 Spyder. However, the RS’s engine will be a 4.0-liter 496 horsepower, taken from the 911 GT3. Expect a redline of 9,000 rpm and a 0-62mph time not too far from the GT4 RS’s 3.4 seconds. The Spyder will reach close to the Cayman’s 196 km/h top speed and will be fitted with an automatic PDK transmission.
The latest photos also reveal the interior of the GT4 RS Spyder for the first time. It has a bucket seat from the Weissach package with a pair of washers that can be rolled up from the back.
With the GT4 RS priced from £108,370, we can expect the convertible variant to cost a bit more. With little driver intervention and a great engine, the Spyder RS might even be the better choice.
Read our full review of Porsche Cayman GT4 RS here…