Hardcore new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS confirmed

More power and aggressive aerodynamics for track-focused Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

Porsche has placed the official seal of approval on a hardcore RS version of the Cayman 718 GT4, which will make its full debut in November.

It’s a car that’s been on the cards for a while now, caught on camera as far back as 2019 by our spy photographers. However, Porsche has now gone on record with the new hardcore Cayman model with a series of images of its own, plus some hints as to its performance level.

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Even in these late-stage prototype images we can see some of the visual and mechanical changes Porsche has applied in great detail. It wears a more aggressive version of the regular Cayman GT4’s already aerodynamically crafted bodykit. New tweaks include a larger rear wing and a more intricate rear diffuser set-up, new NACA ducts cut into the bonnet and the removal of the small rear side windows, which have been replaced with additional vents to feed the engine. 

Porsche has not revealed any specifics when it comes to the chassis changes in store for the Cayman GT4 RS, but Porsche GT department boss Andreas Preuninger has teased what’s in store, citing lightweight construction and more downforce from that more aggressive body kit, and pointing to the car’s Nurburgring lap time, which at 7:04.511 is 23.6 seconds faster than the regular Cayman GT4’s. 

“The fantastic lap time of the Nordschleife is impressive proof of how clearly noticeable these improvements in driving dynamics are," said Preuninger. 

The Porsche GT boss also confirmed that the car will come with more power over the Cayman GT4, which uses a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six engine. It’s likely that the Cayman GT4 RS will use a development of this motor, rather than the 4.0-litre unit used in the 911 GT3. Power in the standard Cayman GT4 stands at 414bhp, but the RS model is likely to boast up to 450bhp thanks to engine components borrowed from the most hardcore 911. 

With a reveal set for November, the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS will hit roads early in 2022. The regular Cayman GT4 is priced from £76,530 in Britain, so a price exceeding £90,000 isn’t out of the question.

Check out what happened when we test the Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0 against the Alpine A110S and BMW M2 CS here…

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