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The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS
The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

Quick Facts:

  • Price: From R2 507 000
  • Engine: Naturally aspirated flat-six engine
  • Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch transmission 
  • Power/Torque: 368 kW / 450Nm

By Jack Dickson

The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is the new leader model in the 718 family. On the Nürburgring Nordschleife, it beats its kin, the 718 Cayman GT4, by over 23 seconds. The naturally aspirated flat-six engine, familiar from the 911 GT3 Cup racing car and the 911 GT3 series production model, frames the highlight of a sports car that has been intended for maximum driving pleasure. Porsche claims it is a firm driver's vehicle intended to intrigue with its lightweight development, very lithe skeleton set-up, refined optimal design and one of a kind soundtrack.

The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is the new flagship model in the 718 family

When 368 kW from a high-firing up mid-mounted engine meets an idealist 1,415 kg kerb weight, it is the ideal opportunity for the term 'driving pleasure' to be re-imagined: regardless of whether it is being driven on restricted, winding mountain streets or closed race tracks, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS is the ruler of the compact mid-engined range. The engine revs as high as 9000 rpm. Compared to the 718 Cayman GT4, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS has an additional 59 kW. Maximum torque has been increased from 430 to 450 Nm. Like each cutting-edge RS model, the new 718 GT4 RS is exclusively available with the Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK). This gearbox shifts through its seven gears at lightning speed and guarantees maximum performance. The gearshift paddles permit drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel even when changing gear manually. Alternatively, they can use the re-designed selector lever on the centre console. The sports low-ratio PDK underpins the incredible acceleration of this mid-engined sports car. The 718 Cayman GT4 RS sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds (GT4 with PDK: 3.9 seconds) and has a top speed of 315 km/h (GT4 with PDK: 302 km/h), which it reaches in seventh gear.

The 718 Cayman GT4 RS sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds

Among the striking elements of the new, top-of-the-range 718 are the process air intake behind the driver and passenger windows. The 718 Cayman ordinarily has small side windows here. The new air intakes improve both the intake airflow and, simultaneously, create a thrilling intake noise right next to the occupants' ears. The trademark air intakes in front of the rear wheels have been retained and are used for engine cooling. Changes to the suspension additionally contribute to its greater performance. Ball joints bind the chassis firmly to the body to convey significantly more exact and direct handling. The adjustable, circuit-ready chassis has an RS-specific shock absorber set-up, as well as modified spring and anti-roll bar rates.

The new 718 GT4 RS is exclusively available with the Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK).

These improvements contrasted with the 718 Cayman GT4 make the GT4 RS the most uncompromising and sharpest individual from the 718 family. The optional Weissach package takes the unique design of the GT4 RS considerably further. The front luggage compartment lid, process air intakes, cooling air intakes, airbox cover, exterior mirror upper trims and rear wing have a carbon-weave finish. The titanium tailpipes appear to be like the exhaust system on the Porsche 935. The fitted roll bar confined at the back is additionally made of titanium. With the Weissach package, 20-inch forged magnesium wheels can be requested at an extra expense rather than the 20-inch forged aluminium wheels.

Pricing for the 718 Cayman GT4 RS in SA starts from R2 507 000 and is sold with a 3 Year/100 000 km Drive plan.

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