Porsche 550 RS Spyder 

  • 1954
  • 110 HP 1.5L
  • 137 mph
 
In 1956 the car was updated to the 550A specification with a space frame chassis and better engine, before being replaced entirely by the 718.
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Sitting near the center of this was a complex engine which Ernst Fuhrmann designed to make the most of the 1.5 liters provided.
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Road Tests Real world tests of the Porsche 550 RS Spyder

Top speed

550 RS Spyder
137 mph
Agera R
260 mph
Veyron
253 mph

Data points Key details of the Porsche 550 RS Spyder

Horsepower

550 RS Spyder
110 HP
Agera R
1,115 HP
Veyron
987 HP

Torque

550 RS Spyder
89 ft-lb
Veyron
922 ft-lb
Agera R
888 ft-lb

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Porsche 550 RS Spyder

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As their first dedicated sports racing car, the 550 RS Spyder was raced to Porsche's first major victory at the grueling 1956 Targa Florio.
With Dean's mystery, the multiple class victories and the recent relaunch of Porsche's mid-engine roadster (the 1998 Boxster), the 550-era was easily the most defining era for Porsche history.

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Porsche
Year 1954

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11 lb/hp
Maximum hp 110 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Maximum torque 89 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 1,500 cc
Cylinders Flat 4
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.35 in / 2.6 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 2 valves

road tests

Top speed 137 mph

transmission

Drivetrain RWD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,210 lb
Width 60.6 in
Height 41.3 in
Length 141.7 in
Front track width 50.8 in
Wheelbase 82.7 in
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