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Porsche's new 718 Cayman GT4 RS features the 9k rpm heart of the 911 GT3

By Kenny Yeo - on 28 Nov 2021, 11:32am

Porsche's new 718 Cayman GT4 RS features the 9k rpm heart of the 911 GT3

Note: This article was first published on 18 November 2021.

The new 718 Cayman GT4 RS (Image source: Porsche)

Electric cars may very well be the future but that future is being funded by enthusiasts who pay good money for niche cars like this, the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS.

The latest creation from Porsche's fabled GT division is the most hardcore Cayman yet and possibly the wildest RS model ever.

The big news is that it has the motor from a 911 GT3. It's the full-fat 4-litre flat-six that revs to 9,000rpm and produces 493hp and 450nm of torque.

There's no manual gearbox option – only PDK. The upside is that acceleration is brutally fast. Porsche claims 0-100km/h in just 3.4 seconds. Flat out it will do well over 300km/h.

(Image source: Porsche)

Of course, an RS Porsche isn't just about straight-line performance. The 718 Cayman GT4 RS has all kinds of weight-saving, aerodynamic, and handling tricks.

To start, the bonnet is carbon fibre as are the front wings. It has lightweight carpets, less insulation, a thinner rear glass, and fabric door pulls in place of proper door handles. Compared to a PDK Cayman GT4, the Cayman GT4 RS is 35kg lighter.

To aid handling, it has an adjustable front diffuser, a large adjustable swan-neck rear wing, stiffer dampers, and bespoke spring and anti-roll bar rates. And if that's not enough, you can opt for the Weissach pack which adds a titanium roll cage amongst many other things.

(Image source: Porsche)

The effect of all these improvements is staggering. Around the legendary Nüburgring, the Cayman GT4 RS is a whopping 24 seconds faster than a standard GT4. 7 minutes and 9.3 seconds, in case you were wondering. 

The Cayman GT4 RS will go on sale next year with prices starting at US$143,050 (~S$193,346), which means it'll likely cost around half a million dollars when it reaches our shores. But Porsche enthusiasts will take solace in the news that Porsche won't be limiting production and will build the Cayman GT4 RS for as long as the 718 Cayman remains in production.

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