Porsche is displaying the RS 60 Spyder, which is ready to go on sale tomorrow, at the 2008 New York Auto Show. The 2008 Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder pays tribute to the legacy of the original RS 60 with style and substance.
Power comes from a 3.4L mid-mounted engine that delivers 303-hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 comes in at 5.1 seconds with at top speed of 170mph. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission with a five-speed Tiptronic S automatic as an option.
The new 2008 Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder goes on sale tomorrow in the U.S. with a MSRP of $64,900. Only 1,960 will be built which coincides with the 1960 12-Hours of Sebring won by the 550 Spyder Type 718 RS60.
Click through for the press release and live images from the 2008 New York Auto Show.
2008 Porsche RS 60 Spyder:
PORSCHE® LIMITED EDITION BOXSTER™ RS 60 SPYDER
The latest Porsche Boxster pays tribute to the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring winning
Type 718 RS 60 Spyder
SEBRING, March 14, 2008 ““ Winning against a bigger and more powerful opponent is
exactly what drivers Hans Herrmann and Olivier Gendebien did at Sebring in 1960. Their
racecar, the mid-engine Porsche Type 718 RS 60 Spyder, propelled them to victory in the
1960 12 Hours of Sebring and helped solidify Porsche”s growing reputation as the “giant
killer.” The 2008 Boxster RS 60 Spyder, to be introduced to the public next week at the New
York International Auto Show, pays tribute to the legacy of the original RS 60 with style and
substance that is worthy of its ancestry.
The 303 horsepower 2008 Boxster RS 60 Spyder bloodlines are reflected in its
enhanced exterior and interior design cues. The front end is taken from Porsche”s
SportDesign Package and when combined with 19-inch Porsche SportDesign wheels on
spacers, helps distinguish the RS 60 from the current Boxster S. When you combine this
extra power and aero package with standard Porsche Active Suspension Management
(PASM) and a dual tailpipe sports exhaust system, the reward is confidence-inspiring
performance in all conditions.
The exclusive GT silver metallic paintwork is further accentuated by the contrasting
colors of the Natural Leather interior in Carrera Red with a matching red convertible top. An
alternative of Dark Grey Natural Leather in conjunction with a black roof will also be available.
Interior features and equipment of the new RS 60 Boxster reflect the racing heritage
of its ancestor: door entry guards made of stainless steel that show off the model
designation, a race-inspired gearshift lever, special surface texture in the center sections of
the sports seats and center door linings as well as on the steering wheel rim and handbrake
The instrument cluster also gives the impression of a racecar as the cover has been
removed, prominently displaying the GT Silver Metallic instruments which have been set
Other special features include a black windscreen frame, red taillight lenses, GT
Silver Metallic center console, rear sections of the seat backrests and roll bars that blend
perfectly with the seat belts finished in silver.
The RS 60 Spyder comes equipped with a VarioCam Plus six-cylinder Boxer engine,
which features increased horsepower over the Boxster S. Installed just ahead of the rear
drive wheels; stability, agility and control are maximized. These attributes are expected from
Porsche and delivered with such efficiency that Boxster models, like all other Porsche sports
cars, are certified as low emissions vehicles and not subject to a gas-guzzler penalty.
Designed to be a world-class roadster, the Boxster family can accommodate two
people with cargo in a small, agile, open-top, and powerful sports car. A true engineering
feat in itself, the Boxsters soft top can be operated at moving speeds of up to 30 mph.
Boxsters are all equipped with three point inertia-reel seat belts as well as six airbags.
In addition to two-stage frontal airbags, Boxsters feature the Porsche Side Impact Protection
(POSIP) system with torso-protecting thorax side-impact airbags mounted in the outer edges
of the seatbacks and special head-protecting side-impact airbags which deploy from the
Reflecting its model designation, the new Boxster RS 60 Spyder is limited to 1,960
units worldwide, each number displayed on a silver-colored placard on the lid of the glove
compartment. Less than 800 of the 1,960 units produced will make it to North American
The new 2008 Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder goes on sale March 22, 2008 in the
United States with a MSRP of US $64,900
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