- Porsche has released the first images of the Cayman GT4 RS, which are shown above.
- Porsche's 718 mid-engine sports cars have reached their pinnacle of performance with this model.
- It's likely to be powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine, which could produce more than 500 horsepower.
We've been waiting longer than we expected for the RS version of the Cayman GT4, despite the fact that Porsche's model launches are normally predictable. With the release of images of a lightly disguised prototype version during testing in the midst of some spectacular Alpine scenery, it appears that the vehicle is almost ready for release.
Other than the official confirmation of the car's existence—as well as the announcement of its Nürburgring lap time of 7:09.3 seconds—there are few other details available at this time. Our guess is that the new Cayman will use a developed version of the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine found in the current Cayman GT4 and that it will be more track focused than the GTs on which it is based. We'll have to wait a little longer for power and torque figures, but the fact that the RS lapped the Nordschleife 23.6 seconds faster than the existing GT4 suggests that the car has a significant boost in firepower over the current model. We previously predicted that it would be capable of producing up to 500 horsepower.
With an extended front splitter, covers over what appear to be aero-exit vents on the front fenders, and a substantial rear wing with a design that is similar to that of the current 992-generation 911 GT3, the images show that the GT4 RS has received a significant aerodynamic workout. The presence of Porsche's PCCB carbon-ceramic brakes on the test mule's yellow brake calipers is also confirmed, though we will have to wait and see if they are included as standard equipment or are only available through the options list.
Additionally, pictures of the prototype's cockpit show paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, indicating that the vehicle is equipped with Porsche's PDK double-clutch transmission. This is not surprising given the RS's stated mission of delivering the best possible track performance. However, there is still some hope that the confirmed production version will be available with the six-speed manual transmission that is still available in the regular GT4. It has also been confirmed in the official release that the GT4 RS will be available with optional Michelin Pilot Cup 2 R tires, which are street legal but designed for use on hard track surfaces.
No word on pricing, but we can safely assume that Porsche will charge a significant premium for what will be the ultimate performance version of the 718 Cayman; don't be surprised if the base price is less than $130,000 in the United States. As soon as we have more information, we'll pass it along to you.
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