Like other Porsches, the options for the Spyder RS can buy you an entire sports car.
The configurator for the newly revealed Porsche 718 Spyder RS has gone live, and it makes a mockery of the Boxster's undeserving reputation as the poor man's 911. Already a $160,700 prospect before you've added a single option, the Spyder RS is by far the most expensive drop-top version of the 718 model line, but as we found out, adding enough options will raise the total price to more than that of a 911 Turbo - a world away from the base Boxster's $70,400 MSRP.
We set out to find exactly how much one can spend on a new 718 Spyder RS, but also what a fully loaded model looks like once we loaded it up with special paint, upgraded seats, and a plethora of other extras.
Starting with the exterior, Porsche offers the Spyder RS with a choice of 13 colors, including no-cost options like white, black, Guards Red, and Racing Yellow. We jumped straight to the special color palette which requires a $3,540 outlay and landed on Ruby Star Neo, probably the wildest shade of all alongside the Shark Blue.
Next, we added the 20-inch forged magnesium wheels from the Cayman GT4 RS. These cost $15,640 on their own but can only be selected together with the Weissach Package and other extras for a staggering price hike of $30,370. The Weissach Package adds an abundance of exposed carbon fiber components to the exterior, an upper dashboard section in Race-Tex, and Weissach branding inside and out.
For the wheels, we ticked the box for the Satin Neodyme finish at $600, and there is even a Satin Indigo Blue option that would probably work with a more subtle paint color.
Next, we chose the 3D-printed bodyform full bucket driver's seat for $2,930 (available in soft, medium, or hard variations depending on the age and strength of your spine), but there are quite a few seating option limitations if you choose the Weissach Package. 18-way adaptive sport seats are also available at no extra cost if you prefer the sporty look but don't want to compromise too much on comfort.
A black windshield frame, black door handles, and a bespoke decal set (not shown in these images) were some other options we selected. Following this, we chose the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes at $8,000 (one of the priciest options on the menu), the front axle lift system ($3,040), the Chrono Package ($340), and brake calipers in high gloss black ($900 but not shown here).
Further customization came in the form of white instrument dials and Arctic Gray seat belts. A leather finish for the steering column casing, sun visors, and even the fuse box seems much more applicable to a luxury GT than a sports car like this one, but we selected these options anyway as the goal was to see how much the Spyder RS could actually cost. The last major option we selected was the $990 Bose sound system with ten speakers.
All in all, our options totaled a jaw-dropping $54,810. Once you add the $1,650 destination charge, this becomes a car worth $217,160. That's more than a 911 Turbo Cabriolet ($210,000) and very nearly as much as the 911 Dakar ($222,000). Put another way, all the options on the Spyder RS work out to more than a brand-new six-cylinder Toyota GR Supra.
The scope of customization for a new Porsche is incredible, but it's been this way for years. Shortly after the Taycan was launched, Porsche said there were 600 possible configurations, and more recently, we found that you could add over $90,000 worth of extras to the updated Porsche Cayenne.
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