- 718 Cayman GT4 RS: Fuel consumption combined: 13.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 299 g/km (WLTP); fuel consumption combined: 12.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 281 g/km (NEDC) I Status: 11/2021

The sharpest Cayman ever has just been unveiled in LA

Lighter and more powerful 718 gets the revered Rennsport treatment

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Following some tantalising images from the Nordschleife last month, Porsche has officially launched the 718 Cayman GT4 RS – the first modern mid-engined road car from the Stuttgart stable to wear the famous ‘RS’ moniker.

An uncompromising driver’s car, the 718 GT4 RS offers an adjustable, track-oriented chassis, sophisticated aerodynamics and unique soundtrack. With the same high-revving, naturally aspirated Boxer engine that powers the 911 GT3, it makes 500PS (368 kW; 718 Cayman GT4 RS: Fuel consumption combined: 13.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 299 g/km (WLTP); fuel consumption combined: 12.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 281 g/km (NEDC) I https://porsche.click/DAT-Leitfaden I Status: 11/2021).

Compared to the 718 Cayman GT4, the new RS has an extra 80 PS (59 kW), resulting in a weight-to-power ratio of 2.83 kg/PS. Maximum torque has also been increased from 430 to 450 Nm and that flat-six engine now revs to an intoxicating 9,000 rpm.

Like every modern RS model, the new 718 GT4 RS is exclusively available with the Porsche dual clutch transmission (PDK), its seamless shifting guaranteeing maximum performance in every situation. The transmission can be operated in full automatic or semi-manual mode via either the wheel-mounted paddles or re-designed selector lever on the centre console.

This highly developed and proven drivetrain provides the GT4 RS with incredible acceleration, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h now dispatched in just 3.4 seconds, a full half second faster than the GT4. Top speed has also increased, hitting 315 km/h against the standard GT4’s 302 km/h.

In typical RS style, lightweight construction is another defining element of the new GT4 RS, its 1,415 kilogram kerb weight shaving an impressive 35 kg from a PDK-equipped 718 Cayman GT4. This weight reduction has been achieved thanks to the use of glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP) for components such as the bonnet and front wings, while inside, lightweight carpets, reduced insulation material and lightweight door panels have helped shave off yet more kilos. Even the rear window of the GT4 RS is made of lightweight glass.

Externally, the most striking element of the new car is its motorsport-derived swan neck rear wing, first seen in a road-going application on the latest 911 GT3. In combination with the 30-millimetre-lower ride height, front wheel arch vents, aerodynamically optimised underbody panelling and advanced front and rear diffusers, the GT4 RS generates approximately 10 per cent more downforce than the GT4, a figure that increases to 60 per cent in track only Performance mode.

Another unprecedented enhancement for the RS is the process air intakes behind the driver and passenger windows. This innovative new feature improves airflow while amplifying the induction noise in the cabin. Meanwhile, the original air intakes in front of the rear wheels have been retained for engine cooling.

Modifications have also been made to the chassis of the GT4 RS, with ball joints delivering even more precise and direct handling alongside an RS-specific shock absorber set-up and modified spring and anti-roll bar rates. During the final phase of set-up, Porsche brand ambassador Jörg Bergmeister lapped the 20.8-kilometre Nordschleife in 7:09.300 minutes aboard the GT4 RS and conquered the shorter 20.6 km track, which served previously as the benchmark, in 7:04.511 minutes, an astonishing 23.6 seconds faster than the Cayman GT4.

'Mr GT' Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Model Line, and Porsche Brand Ambassador and development driver Jörg Bergmeister

'Mr GT' Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Model Line, and Porsche Brand Ambassador and development driver Jörg Bergmeister

As with the 911 GT3 RS, customers will have the chance to option a Weissach package, with front lid, process air intakes, cooling air intakes, airbox cover, exterior mirror upper trims and rear wing all finished in a carbon-weave. The package also includes titanium tailpipes similar to those on the Porsche 935, a titanium rear roll cage and dashboard trimmed in Race-Tex. Weissach-equipped cars will come with 20-inch forged aluminium wheels as standard, while forged magnesium wheels can be optioned at additional cost.

To further celebrate the launch, Porsche Design has created a unique timepiece. The lightweight titanium ‘Porsche Design Chronograph 718 Cayman GT4 RS’ will be offered exclusively for GT4 RS customers and can be specified in a variety colours to match individual cars.

718 Cayman GT4 RS: Fuel consumption combined: 13.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 299 g/km (WLTP); fuel consumption combined: 12.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 281 g/km (NEDC) I https://porsche.click/DAT-Leitfaden I Status: 11/2021

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Comments (8)

  • OH. MY. GOSH. THIS. IS. LEGENDARY.

      15 days ago
  • I wonder how this will match up with a Z06 / Z07.

      15 days ago
  • Well I'm not a Porsche guy, but this is the one for me. So much prettier than 911, boxster, 928, 944 or anything they've done. Mid engined too, and perfectly balanced by all accounts. And now it gets the 911's 4.0 flat six. Why get a 911 when you can have this for less money?

      13 days ago
  • They fooled us with the Manual gearbox vibe. 😩

    I wouldn’t ever come to believe that it looks similar to the ones on a mini

      14 days ago
  • At least here you can see a bit more the engine

      14 days ago
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