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How much? £45,400
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Engine: 3386cc, 24v flat-six, 303bhp @ 6250rpm, 251lb ft @ 4400rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Performance: 5.4sec 0-62mph, 170mph, 26.7mpg, 254g/km
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Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder (2008) CAR review

By Ben Barry

First Drives

27 March 2008 09:52


Should Porsche dabble with special editions that raid its historical back catalogue? We've just driven the new Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder - the car that takes its name from the Porsche Type 718 RS 60 Spyder, the racer that Hans Herrmann and Olivier Gendebien drove to outright victory in the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring. At £45,400 the RS 60 carries a £5500 premium over the standard Boxster S on which it’s based, but it does come loaded with desirable extras and it’s limited to a reasonably low-volume run of 1960 examples.

It’s a homologation special, then?

It ‘reflects the sporting character and design purism of that successful mid-engined, two-seater sports racing car’, according to the PR blurb, but it’s not built to go racing. And the Type 718 certainly didn’t feature a blood red leather interior quite so sumptuous. Some cruder members of the CAR team likened said innards to a ‘tart’s boudoir’ and treated the matching red hood with similar disdain. Thankfully, the RS 60 is also available with dark grey leather and matching black roof, but I’d be brave, risk ridicule and tick the red box. Am I alone? Comments please.

The gear lever, however, is less convincing, the cold, bulky metal knob drawing unnecessary attention to the fact that the six-speed shift simply isn’t as slick as it should be. Another black mark goes against the cheap-looking and no-doubt scratch prone silver paint that covers the centre console – the same aerosol’s been used on the roll hoops and seat backs – while a question mark hangs over the decision to remove the traditional hood from the instrument cluster and spray the binnacles – yep – silver. We drove the RS 60 in less than scorching conditions, yet the silver finish reflected in the top right of the windscreen making it look as though the glass was starting to mist. Not a big deal on dull days, but it could prove annoying in bright sunlight.

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Blacksox

Blacksox says

RE: Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder CAR review

A cynical marketing exercise to sell a not very good car (I know, I have owned one). And what could be cheaper than silver paint ?

02 October 2008 09:16

 

BartMack

BartMack says

RS60 Spyder

This "review" is kinda sad, and it seems to me the writer needs to get back in his Lexus look for a job reviewing something other than sports cars. Many of the comments fail miserably as well. First off, those pictures are over-saturated, and should not have been posted in the article: the interior is dead red and not at all pink like those images suggest. The GT silver is absolutely spectacular in person, and the red is dark enough that it all works well aestheticaly. This car is a great value. Not only does the standard Boxster S kick ass anyway, but the RS60 has been equipped with all the best sporty mechanical upgrades including the twin exaust from the 911 GT3. It rocks. Manually configure this car on the Porsche site and you'll pay considerably more to come even close, and you won't be able to duplicate it exactly. I drove one this weekend, and the only thing jittery about my ride was my heart when it was over. This car is an absolute blast to drive, dead flat cornering and the most seductive exhaust I've ever heard. It also accelerates like a friggin rocket ship. There are SO many mediocre automobiles out there today, I don't understand why the author and many commenters feel justified to poo on something as extraordinary as this? I love this car, flat out.

31 March 2008 17:21

 

morepowerigor

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morepowerigor says

dreadful and insincere

RSR 911's show the way if you're going to quote your past. This? This is bad, and has nothing to do with its namesake. Leave it.

28 March 2008 20:33

 

njthomas

njthomas says

Red not pink

I'm assuming that the RS60 is supplied with with Carrera Red leather; I've just take delivery of a Boxster S (yes on 19" wheels) also with Carrera Red leather & Basalt Black. Not everyone's cup of tea perhaps but it beats a grey or black interior hands down. Pics on application.

28 March 2008 17:32

 

JohnnyBimmer

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JohnnyBimmer says

Def' Pink

Yes it's definately pink. Not the red leather silver body classic Porsche colours.

28 March 2008 14:11

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