The RS version of the Porsche Cayman has been a long time coming. Ever since we were blessed with the deeply impressive GT4 version of the Cayman, the steam has been building for a RennSport (RS) version. Now it’s only a month away and Porsche are sounding the whistle on what might be the coolest Porsche in quite some time. And probably a car that most of the ‘mainstream’* Porsche buyers will ignore.
First, let’s chat laptimes. There’s a very neat and tidy lap available to view right now on the Porsche YouTube channel. At 7m09s for a FULL laptime, it’s also fast. Damn fast.
As expected/predicted, the RS version of the Cayman is PDK-only. Just like the 991 GT3RS, a manual gearbox is nowhere to be seen. And that, in my opinion, is fine. It’s normal. I mean, RS means racing. And paddle-shift is a must at this level of dizzying speed. You want to row your boat manually? That’s cool, but it’s not RS anymore.
Now, check out these lovely photos (including some rather snazzy aerial rolling shots!)
But that’s not all. Amongst the claimed 500-hours of testing Jörg Bergmeister has accrued in the new GT4RS, there are plenty of road miles. So, why not include some Furka Pass shots just begging to be your new wallpaper?
*mainstream Porsches are SUVs and electric family cars. Fact.
The full press release is available here.
World premiere in November
New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS excels during final testing Stuttgart.
The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 is getting a big brother: the 718 Cayman GT4 RS. The new top model of the 718 family is well prepared for its world premiere in November. During final testing and evaluation drives, the first 718 to carry the RS badge has impressively demonstrated its dynamic potential both on twisty mountain roads and on the racetrack. Brand ambassador and development driver Jörg Bergmeister has lapped the 20.832- kilometre Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in a lightly disguised production car in 7:09.300 minutes. The 718 Cayman GT4 RS completed the shorter 20.6 km lap, which had previously served as the benchmark, in 7:04.511 minutes – 23.6 seconds faster than its little brother, the 718 Cayman GT4. To protect the driver, the mid-engined sports car was equipped with a racing seat. The tyres fitted to the car were Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R, which will be optionally available. A notary confirmed the standard condition and weight of the car. “During development, we gave the 718 Cayman GT4 RS everything that characterises a genuine RS: lightweight construction, more downforce, more power and, of course, an even higher level of responsiveness and feedback to driver inputs. The fantastic lap time of the Nordschleife is impressive proof of how clearly noticeable these improvements in driving dynamics are,” says Directors GT Model Line, Andreas Preuninger.
“Our customers can look forward to a pure driver’s car that makes a thrilling driving experience an absolute priority.” “The 718 Cayman GT4 RS is an uncompromising driving machine. It feels as nimble as a go-kart on mountain roads, yet is impressively stable and well-balanced on the racetrack. Otherwise, such a lap time wouldn’t even be possible,” says Jörg Bergmeister. “The GT4 RS is one of the sharpest cars Porsche has ever developed. And you really have had to experience the breathtaking noise it makes for yourself,” adds the world-class driver, who has devoted more than 500 hours to the 718 Cayman GT4 RS during test and tuning drives as part of the car’s development. Further information, film and photo material can be found in the Porsche Newsroom: newsroom.por-sche.com The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions data were determined in accordance with the new WLTP measurement procedure. For the time being, the NEDC values derived from this new measurement procedure are still to be specified. These values are not comparable with the values determined in ac-cordance with the former NEDC measurement procedure. Further information on the official fuel consumption and official, specific CO2 emissions of new passen-ger cars is available in the publication entitled “Guidelines on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new passenger cars”, which is available free of charge from all sales outlets and from DAT.