The 718 Cayman GT4 RS has just been unveiled, and we are head over heels for it! Though to be brutally honest, it has us both extremely excited and sad at the same time. Excited because Porsche has developed an amazing, gear banging, track weapon that we absolutely cannot wait to get our hands on; Sad, because of what Andreas Preuninger, Head of Porsche GT Cars, recently stated. Andreas Preuninger mentioned how the 718 model range will soon be all electric and will be going away from being a classic manual-shifting track car. Don’t get us wrong, we understand the importance of sustainability and going electric, but we are slowly seeing manual track weapons die. This, makes us sad. Not to spoil the mood or anything, but let’s keep our eyes focused on the brightness of the brand new 718 Cayman GT4 RS!
The 718 Cayman GT4 RS will start with an MSRP of $143,050 before any options have been selected. We would imagine most customers purchasing this car would opt for the Weissach Package for ultimate weight savings and performance. Given the MSRP of the 718 Cayman GT4 RS, being $20,000 – $30,000 cheaper than a GT3 depending on options, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS will be an absolutely phenomenal car for many customers. You’re getting an undoubtedly-proven track machine that is slightly less expensive than it’s bigger brother. Not bad!
There’s been a slew of changes to the new Cayman GT4 RS, so let’s start with the Exterior. Being that the new GT4 RS is manual, it weighs 50 lbs less than a PDK-equipped Cayman GT4 even with all of the rest of the exterior upgrades. Thus, total weight comes in at 3227 lbs. Additional weight savings comes from fiberglass + reinforced plastic made hood and fenders, and the rear window being made from lightweight glass. Steel Rotors are standard and sit inside Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R Tires with Carbon-Ceramics being an option, which of course we recommend. The front is slightly wider due to the change of wider front fenders, but the rear width stays the same. To get the best weight savings, you’ll need to opt for the Weissach Package. Again and of course, we recommend. The Weissach Package comes with all of the following: front hood, mirrors, all intakes, and swan neck wing are all made from Carbon Fiber with the exhaust being made from titanium and includes forged wheels.
Still on the subject of the exterior, let’s talk Aerodynamics. The new Cayman GT4 RS is capable of generating an additional 25% more downforce thanks to a list of tasteful upgrades! New front hood air ducts, air ducts above the front wheels, an adjustable front diffuser, a GT3 swan-neck rear wing, bigger front splitter, and aero vanes on the front sides of the wheels all make the new Cayman GT4 RS an aerodynamic knife!
The Interior assists with more weight savings to insure your new track toy is as light as possible. Lighter carpets, pull straps for door handles instead of traditional handles, and further reduction for sound dampening help with weight and give you the feeling of a track car.
So now that we know the interior, exterior, and aerodynamics have all been changed, let’s go over Suspension differences. Better range for camber and toe adjustments have been made, spherical ball joints replace rubber bushings, stiffer springs, and new adaptive dampers by Bilstein have been added to ensure whipping around the track is as capable as possible.
Last but most certainly not least, let’s talk about the Engine. Finally, Porsche has made the 718 Cayman GT4 capable of fitting the GT3 engine! The same 4.0L Flat-Six that revs up to 9000 RPM from the GT3 is now within the new Cayman GT4 RS. This is mainly possible because Porsche re-worked the gas tank and dry-sump oiling system in order to make sure the GT3 engine could fit. While the Cayman GT4 RS pushes 493 horsepower and 331 torque, the GT3 pushes 503 horsepower and 346 lb-ft torque. The slight difference in power, as Porsche puts it, is the exhaust system. Porsche has mentioned how the shorter exhaust system equipped in the GT4 RS generates a tad less power than the GT3.
To conclude, we are both head over heels excited and a bit sad because we know what this means. The newest latest track weapon, symbolizes the close coming to an end. Until then, let’s enjoy the ride and congratulations to Porsche for creating yet again an exceptional track car!
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