I bought a certified pre-owned RS 60 spyder with 30K miles, 2.5 years old, and paid $41K at a dealership (wrnty good to 100K mi or June 2014). The design, performance, fit&finish, and overall driveability are phenomenal. The sport exhaust is absolutely AWESOME!!. I love driving this baby through tunnels with the top down--the sound just stirs the soul! Many you tube videos exist that give nice reviews of the car, but for some reason none really capture the sound all that well. You really have to drive it to hear and feel it adequately. After researching "fun" cars for years, I feel that I couldn't have made a better choice for overall performance and value.
Hands down its the sport exhaust. As one video reviewer put it (I'm paraphrasing): "unlike other buttons, the sport exhaust button knows how to push right back on your buttons..." It really is amazing and wonderful to hear that sound as you get pressed hard into the seat back while the car accelerates like a rocket.
2nd fav feature is value--KBB doesn't list this vehicle, but does list the "limited edition" which is priced below a standard boxster because of the unpopular color. You may get lucky (as I did) and find a dealership that prices this as a LE as opposed to what it truly is.
Even though the car was built the same year as my Honda Accord, the electronics (Nav system, radio) seem light years behind the Honda. There is no bluetooth, the radio doesn't seem to know how to hold onto a signal, and the Nav is not very intuitive (too many menus, no central knob to control multiple functions). The Nav is PCM 2.1--I've heard that the newer Porsche system (3.0 or 3.1?) is much better, but that is obviously not available on this vehicle, which was only offered in 2008.
Replacing my aging s2000 was difficult. Buying the RS60 was easy. There was no comparison. Price of admission was high, but the Porsche selectable suspension system coupled with smooth kick in the pants engine power, killer brakes, handling, and selectable exhaust makes an enthusiast dream come though. The car felt like home immediately. Rare and beautiful gray interior and that classic exterior makes my tail wag when the garage door opens. At 6 ft plus plenty of room and comfort. Bose system sounds very good when I am not listening to that beautiful exhaust note. Fit and finish is fantastic and having two trunks is even better. Ride comfort superb. It is a sensational auto that is a blast.
Selectable exhaust and suspension.
Raise the speed limit on the roads when I am out driving and smiling.
Stunning looks and performance to match. Sold my 2001 Boxster to get this one. The RS60 is light years ahead. I was surprised at the amount of improvement over what I thought was an already outstanding vehicle. The RS has the 303hp engine and it goes like a scalded cat. Passed my wife on the interstate at xxx mph and she said it sounded like we were at the racetrack. Handling is scarcely believable, especially in sport mode. Acceleration is unexpectedly strong, like being tied to the space shuttle. It's a little slippery on wet roads, but stable unless you do something seriously juvenile. The brakes: phenomenal, really kind of otherworldly in their ability to get you to zero in a hurry.
I've come to really like the Carrara red interior. It gets lots of questions and is a nice touch back to the Porsches of the '60's. I'm tall, and the adjustable steering wheel makes it easy to read the gauges, something I often have trouble with in other cars.
The sound system is really embarrassingly lacking. I would have gladly paid extra for the Bose system, as I had it in my old Boxster and it was actually usable at speed.