The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is the world’s ultimate mid-engined sports car
This is the first time in Cayman’s life that Porsche made an “RS” version of it – and it took some serious men’s jewelry to do it. Imagine taking a larger naturally aspirated engine from the all-new 911 GT3 and planting it in the middle of a smaller, lighter sports car. The idea itself reflects how crazy Porsche is about making sports cars – or in the case of the 718 Cayman GT4 RS – the most extreme compact sports car yet.
The 911 GT3 has been around for decades – and with the GT4 RS, Porsche wants the spirit of its greatest supercar to be developed in another form. Something even meaner, for the track and the road. This is no ordinary Cayman; there’s a lot more to the GT4 RS that separates it from other 718 models, but with the engine from the 911 GT3 it will be an iconic sports car – and value that will go through the roof.
Honestly, even though we dreamed of a bigger engine in the Cayman, no one imagined they were going to make it, but someone at Porsche finally decided to sign the check to make it happen. The GT4 RS also receives elements from the previous 911 GT3 and GT3 RS generations, such as the limited-slip differential of the manual 991.2 GT3, its 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and the shorter gear ratios of the 991.2 GT3 RS PDK . .
There’s so much more to this car, the Cayman GT4 RS, and we’re here to tell you what makes it a mid-engine sports car like no other.
Serious aero bits for the 718 Cayman GT4 RS
The moment you walk into a Porsche dealership to inquire about the new GT4 RS, you’ll see it sitting there, crouched on its haunches like an American Staffordshire Terrier, waiting to be petted. The GT4 RS looks deadly, but it’s an easy-to-tame sports car; it’s not like driving a ruthless Porsche 550 Spyder from many moons ago. But we will come back to this later.
Now the goal with the Cayman GT4 RS is clear: to focus primarily on lightweight construction. He weighs 3,227 pounds; that’s 49 pounds lighter than the Cayman GT4 with a PDK. The front fenders and hood are made of cabin fiber reinforced plastic; the rear window is also lightweight, as are the door panels, with fabric door release loops (signature RS details, slurp!) and storage nets.
The large fixed wing at the rear is the most intimidating part of the GT4 RS; it features gooseneck mounts and aluminum brackets. It is designed to be highly efficient and is an early design seen on the Porsche 911 RSR race car. Ride height is 30mm lower than the standard Cayman; it benefits from front wheel ventilation, an adjustable front diffuser, a new front spoiler lip with flowing side blades and a rear diffuser.
All of these help the 718 Cayman GT4 RS generate 25% more downforce than the GT4, especially in the track-only Performance mode. Another point to note is that this is the first time a Cayman has been fitted with 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with center locks.
The Weissach package adds more spice
Customers who opt for this get the car finished with lots of carbon fiber. This includes the cooling air intakes, the front luggage compartment lid, the airbox cover, the exterior mirror caps, the processing air intakes and the rear wing. The exhaust tips are titanium, the upper half of the dash is covered in Race-Tex, and the wheels are magnesium.
Porsche 718 GT4 RS Intense Performance Packs
The GT4 RS is powered by a naturally aspirated flat-six engine that revs up to 9,000 rpm. It develops 493 hp (79 hp more than the GT4) and 331 lb-ft of torque. No manual options; all you get is the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that offers snappy gear changes.
Drivers used to using paddle shifters can take control manually, and there’s a new gear lever on the center console, too. The GT4 RS can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds and can be pushed to a top speed of 300 km/h!
Cayman GT4 RS: The Ultimate Mid-Engine Sports Car
Getting into this car must feel like an event, because after watching some early video reviews of the car, we’re pretty sure we want not one, but two. The driver seems perfectly seated, and the seats are those of the 918 Spyder hypercar.
Initial acceleration would be similar to that of the GT4, and watching the car spin through the corners is a much better view than looking out the window at Mount Fuji. Where more powerful cars gain speed on the straights, the GT4 RS catches up on the corners.
From what we see in the videos, the riders seem to put in very less effort when pushing it through the corners, only for us, the less fortunate, to see it come out perfectly. We can’t think of too many cars that handle like this.
Oversteer is only evident if the driver applies too much throttle when exiting the turn. The Cayman GT4 RS is one of those cars that keeps you smiling the whole way through once you’ve gotten out and jumped into bed!