Check Out The Porsche Boxster Spyder RS: The Fastest Boxster Ever

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Our first look at the Porsche Boxster Spyder RS.

Dodge's "Hellcat everything" strategy became a little bit of a meme. People were rooting for big Hellcat V8s in everything, including minivans. Now, it looks like Porsche has started down a somewhat similar path, and will be putting an RS motor in just about anything it can. This is the latest example of that.

We reported on a potentially hotter Porsche 718 Spyder back in February, just ahead of the unveiling of the Cayman GT4 RS. It appears the brand's small roadster is going to get the same treatment. Back in February, we called it a 500 hp send-off before the arrival of the electric 718. This is our first look at a Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder RS.

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Our spies captured this new Boxster RS testing on German streets, as well as the Nurburgring Nordschleife. They report that the Spyder will get the same motor as the GT3. Given the numbers on the Cayman GT4 RS, we expect similar ones here. That means right around 493 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque hooked to Porsche's PDK dual-clutch gearbox. We're also expecting that to be the only transmission, as is customary of Rennsport Porsches. Of course, that'll all be used to spin the rear wheels, just like in the 911 GT3 and GT4 RS.

Obviously, there are some big visual changes for the new hi-po model. The most noticeable of those are the new center-lock wheels. They're likely right off the GT4 RS and probably feature the same magnesium construction. For now, at least, the front fascia looks to mirror the Spyder, with the trademark RS-style hood vent thrown in there.

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Around the sides, we can see that Porsche has modified the soft top to make room for larger air intakes. Those now sit where the top used to bolt onto the chassis, and are probably the biggest giveaway at the new powerplant. The GT4 RS features a similar arrangement to feed extra air into that 911 GT3 engine, albeit with windows instead of bodywork. It's unclear if the brakes will change, but for now, they appear to be right off the Spyder, just like the nose. And like the Spyder's nose, this car's rear fascia remains largely unchanged, with the exception of what may be a more aggressive ducktail spoiler.

It's unclear if this new RS car will get more extreme aero, but we'd say it's unlikely given its market positioning. However, we also wouldn't say no to a Honda S200 CR-style wing for the roadster. Given the Cayman and Boxster's shared architecture, we expect a debut rather soon, perhaps as early as 2023.

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