On Porsche cars, the RS emblem represents the expression Rennsport which in German simply means ‘careers’. So it should come as no surprise that the Porsches wearing that emblem are the most powerful models in a particular vehicle line to which they belong, and that they have been designed to be as competent on the racetrack as they are on the streets. When that model is the first Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS In the history of the manufacturer, we know that we are facing a very special vehicle.
Porsche is not yet ready to fully reveal the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS, but to share images captured by the manufacturer during final test drives on the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit as well as on the winding Furka Pass in the Swiss Alps. , where according to Porsche the 718 Cayman GT4 RS “impressively demonstrated its dynamic potential.”
The test prototype was driven by brand ambassador and development driver Jörg Bergmeister, who covered the 20,832 kilometers of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 7:09,300 minutes, and completed the shortest lap of 20.6 km in 7:04,511 minutes. , 23.6 seconds faster than the 718 Cayman GT4. The pilot drove the prototype on a racing seat for protection but the rest of the vehicle is similar to the one available from the dealer, including the expensive Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires, which will be offered as an option for the model.
“During its development, we gave the 718 Cayman GT4 RS everything that characterizes a genuine RS: lightweight construction, more downforce, more power, and of course an even higher level of response and feedback to the driver’s inputs. The Nordschleife’s fantastic lap time is impressive proof of how clearly these improvements in driving dynamics are felt, ”Andreas Preuninger, Porsche GT Model Line director, said in a statement.
The images show extensive work in the aerodynamics department, with a prominent new front diffuser and a massive spoiler at the center of the effort, undoubtedly providing generous downforce on the tracks. The 718 Cayman GT4 RS will be powered by a high-development version of the 4.0-liter inline six used by the current Cayman GT4 and which is speculated, although Porsche has not released power figures, which could exceed 500 horsepower.
The image of Bergmeister in the prototype cockpit shows shift paddles behind the steering wheel, confirming the presence of Porsche’s extraordinary PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. We don’t know if they will offer a manual transmission as an option.
We have no information on the price of the new Porsche the 718 Cayman GT4 RS, but we also have no doubt that it will significantly exceed the $ 101,200 asking price that Porsche is asking for the regular 718 Cayman GT4. We will continue to inform.