PORSCHE 718 CAYMAN GT4 RS

The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is the new flagship model in the 718 family. It’s an uncompromising driver’s car with lightweight construction, sophisticated aerodynamics and sporting soundtrack.

On the Nurburgring Nordschleife it outperformed its sibling, the 718 Cayman GT4, by more than 23 seconds. That’s a huge difference.

The naturally-aspirated flat-six engine, familiar from the 911 GT3 Cup racing car and the 911 GT3 series production model revs as high as 9,000 rpm. Compared to the 718 Cayman GT4, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS has an extra 59 kW / 80 PS, resulting in a weight-to-power ratio of 2.83 kg / PS. Maximum torque has been increased from 430 to 450 Nm.

Among the striking features are the process air intakes behind the driver and passenger windows. The 718 Cayman normally has small side windows here.

The new air intakes improve both the intake airflow and, at the same time, create a thrilling intake sound right next to the occupants’ ears.

Like every modern RS model, the new 718 GT4 RS is exclusively available with the Porsche PDK dual-clutch transmission. This shifts through its seven gears at lightning speed and guarantees maximum performance.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is capable of 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds (GT4 with PDK: 3.9 seconds) and has a top speed of 315 km/h (GT4 with PDK: 302 km/h).

The two-seater weighs only 1,415 kilograms, with a full fuel tank and without a driver (as defined by the DIN standard) which is 35 kg less than a PDK-equipped 718 GT4. This weight reduction is achieved thanks to the use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) for components such as the bonnet and front wings.

The rear window is made of lightweight glass. Lightweight door panels with textile opening loops and nets on the storage compartments complete the quest to eliminate every superfluous gram.

The new fixed rear wing, its swan-neck attachment and aluminium wing supports, are a distinctive element of the exterior design. This highly efficient wing principle is derived from the Porsche 911 RSR GT racing car.

It has a 30-millimetre-lower ride height than the 718 Cayman. It has a multi-adjustable front diffuser and a new front spoiler lip with flow-around side blades.

In the Performance mode reserved for use on race tracks the GT4 RS generates approximately 25 per cent more downforce than the GT4.

The adjustable, circuit-ready chassis has an RS-specific shock absorber set-up, as well as modified spring and anti-roll bar rates.

In Australia, the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS will additionally be equipped with automatically dimming mirrors including rain sensor, cruise control, ParkAssist (rear only), reversing camera, Light Design Package and digital radio.

The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is available to order now. The Australian price of the 718 Cayman GT4 RS is $300,800.

 

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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