More powerful Boxster pays homage to the legendary race car of the '60s
ATLANTA, November 27 /CNW/ - After countless class wins, a silver Porsche
Type 718 RS 60 Spyder piloted by Hans Herrmann and Olivier Gendebien took on
and defeated the much larger and more powerful competition, scoring its first
overall victory in the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring. This led many to begin to
refer to Porsche race cars as "Giant Killers". In color, design, features and
philosophy, the new limited edition Boxster RS 60 Spyder, announced today by
the Stuttgart based sports car maker, is inspired by such victories that
helped build Porsche's legacy in motorsport from the 1960s to this day.
The new Boxster RS 60 Spyder evokes the stance and style of this historic
mid-engine two-seater race car. Its front end is taken from Porsche's
SportDesign Package and distinguishes the RS 60 Spyder significantly from the
current Boxster S. Its posture is made even more dynamic with the addition of
spacer plates that move the 19-inch Porsche SportDesign wheels into an even
more prominent position in the wheel arches. Likewise, the Porsche Active
Suspension Management (PASM) is standard on this limited edition model and
ensures both sporting and comfortable driving characteristics in all
conditions. Modifications to the exhaust flow coupled with a dual tailpipe
sports exhaust system increase engine output to 303 hp.
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.
The RS 60 Spyder's interior features and equipment also pay homage to its
famous ancestor: door entry guards made of stainless steel that proudly show
off the model designation, a race-inspired gearshift lever, and special
surface texture in the center sections of the sports seats and the center door
linings as well as on the steering wheel rim and handbrake lever.
The instrument cluster cover has been removed, prominently displaying the
GT Silver Metallic instruments which have been set wider apart. This unique
touch presents the driver with the look and feel of a race car.
This special appeal is further enhanced by other features such as the
black windscreen frame, red taillight lenses, and GT Silver Metallic center
console, rear sections of the seat backrests and rollbars that blend perfectly
with the seat belts finished in silver.
Reflecting its model designation, the new Boxster RS 60 Spyder is limited
to 1,960 units worldwide, which is prominently 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 showrooms.
The new 2008 Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder will go on sale in Canada in
early spring of next year with a MSRP of $81,900 and have its North American
debut at the New York Auto Show on March 19, 2008.
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, GA, and its
subsidiary, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd., are the exclusive importers of Porsche
sports cars and Cayenne sport utility vehicles for the United States and
Canada. A wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing.h.c. F. Porsche AG,
PCNA employs approximately 250 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts,
service, marketing and training for its 214 U.S. and Canadian dealers. They,
in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service.
For further information:
For further information: Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Chris Wall,
770-290-3834 Manager, Automotive Media & Product Information or Tony
Fouladpour, 770-290-3667 Manager, Corporate Communications