The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is the 718 family’s new top model, an extreme driver’s vehicle with lightweight construction, a very nimble chassis setup, advanced aerodynamics, and a distinctive soundtrack.
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Ultimate performance and power
When 500 horsepower from a high-revving mid-mounted engine meets a purist 1,415 kg curb weight, the word “driving enjoyment” is redefined: the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is the king of the tiny mid-engined range, whether driven on tight, twisting mountain roads or restricted racing courses.
It outperforms its sister, the 718 Cayman GT4, by over 23 seconds on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The naturally aspirated flat-six engine from the 911 GT3 Cup racing vehicle and the 911 GT3 series commercial model is at the heart of a sports car built for optimum driving enjoyment.
The engine can rev up to 9,000 rpm. The 718 Cayman GT4 RS has an extra 80 PS (59 kW) compared to the GT4, resulting in a weight-to-power ratio of 2.83 kg/HP. The maximum torque has been bumped up to 450 Nm.
The process air intakes behind the driver and passenger windows are one of the most distinctive characteristics of the new, top-of-the-line 718. The 718 Cayman usually has modest side windows in this location.
The redesigned air intakes enhance intake airflow while also producing an exciting intake noise directly near to the passengers’ ears. The distinctive air vents in front of the rear wheels have been kept and are utilized for cooling the engine.
The new 718 GT4 RS, like every recent RS model, is only available with the Porsche dual-clutch gearbox (PDK). This gearbox changes through its seven ratios quickly and efficiently, ensuring optimum performance.
Even while changing gear manually, drivers may retain their hands on the steering wheel thanks to the gearshift paddles. They may also utilize the newly built selection lever on the center console.
The mid-engined sports car’s exceptional acceleration is aided by the sports low-ratio PDK. The 718 Cayman GT4 RS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds (3.9 seconds with PDK) and achieves a peak speed of 315 km/h (GT4 with PDK: 302 km/h) in seventh gear.
Lightweight is paramount in the development of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS
Lightweight construction is a distinguishing feature of the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS design, as it is with all RS models. The two-seater weighs just 1,415 kilograms with a full gasoline tank and no driver, according to DIN standards, which is 35 kilos less than a 718 GT4 with PDK.
The usage of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for components like the bonnet and front wings helps to accomplish this weight reduction. Weight is saved by using lightweight carpets and lowering the quantity of insulating material used. The back window is comprised of a thin sheet of glass.
The drive to reduce every unnecessary gram is completed with lightweight door panels with cloth opening loops and netting on the storage compartments.
High-efficiency aerodynamics with the fixed-wing feature
The new fixed rear wing, with its swan-neck connection and aluminum wing supports, is a standout feature on the exterior. The 911 GT3 was the first Porsche series production vehicle to use this extremely efficient wing technology, which was evolved from the Porsche 911 RSR GT racing car.
The GT4 RS generates approximately 25% more downforce than the GT4 in the Performance mode reserved for use on race tracks, thanks to the 30-millimeter lower ride height compared to the 718 Cayman, the eye-catching vents on the front wheel arches, the aerodynamically optimized underbody paneling with connected rear diffuser, the multi-adjustable front diffuser, and the new front spoiler lip with flow-around side blades.
The chassis has also been modified to improve its performance. Ball joints closely connect the chassis to the body, allowing for even more accurate and direct handling. The RS-specific shock absorber setup, as well as adjusted spring and anti-roll bar rates, are included in the adjustable, circuit-ready chassis.
The optional Weissach package enhances the Porsche 718 GT4 RS’ dynamic appearance even further. Carbon weave is used on the front baggage compartment lid, process air intakes, cooling air intakes, airbox cover, external mirror top trims, and rear wing. The titanium tailpipes are reminiscent of the Porsche 935’s exhaust system.
The rear-mounted roll cage is similarly constructed of titanium. A big Porsche emblem is built into the rear glass, and the top half of the dashboard is covered in Race-Tex material. 20-inch forged magnesium wheels may be selected instead of the 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with the Weissach package for an extra fee.
Unique accessories for a unique car
The Porsche Design Chronograph Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is as dynamic as its four-wheeled sibling and was designed expressly for Porsche Design customers. The watch also has a lightweight design idea with high-performance features based on titanium’s durable, high-tech properties.
Its winding rotor is based on the wheels of a sports vehicle and comes in a variety of colors, much like the automobile.