First 300-Plus-Horsepower Boxster

Now, although the RS60 spyder is the first Boxster to wear the “RS” label, this car does not bring with it a lighter and intensified package as is the case with the Carrera GT3 RS. In this case, “RS” is merely a way to connect it to the aforementioned Type 718 RS60.

However, the Boxster RS60 spyder does feature a new dual-pipe exhaust system that raises the horsepower of the Boxster S’s 295-hp, 3.4-liter flat-six to 303, making this the first Boxster to squeak over the 300-hp barrier (and, alas, bringing it ever closer to the base Carrera’s 320-hp rating). Torque and other powertrain characteristics remain largely unchanged.

The 2007 Bologna auto show in December will be the setting for the Boxster RS60 spyder’s official debut. We won’t see it in the U.S. until its North American reveal in March 2008 at the New York auto show. Shortly thereafter, it will go on sale here as a 2008 model, starting at $65,760.

It probably would have made its North American debut in January at the North American International Auto Show, but— doh!—Porsche is sitting out the Detroit show this year.

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