Meet the New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

September 15, 2023 at 10:09 AM
Meet the New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

Nadim and his MotorShow team took the 2023 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS for a comprehensive drive in Dubai.



A naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six engine developing 500 HP (368 kW) allied to an unladen vehicle weight of just 1,415 kilograms is the perfect combination for outstanding performance. The new car lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:09.300 minutes — 23.6 seconds faster than the 420 HP (309 kW) 718 Cayman GT4.



Stirring high-revving boxer engine

The 4.0-litre flat-six revs up to 9,000 rpm and delivers its maximum output at 8,400 rpm. This extraordinary engine is also used in the thoroughbred 911 GT3 Cup and 718 GT4 RS Clubsport racing cars.



Lightning-fast shifts with the new selector lever

The standard Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) makes for breathtaking acceleration: from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 315 km/h. Those who wish to shift manually can not only use the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel, but also the newly designed manual selector lever in the centre console.



Chassis with racing genes

Ball joints bind the chassis tightly to the body to deliver even more precise and direct handling. The adjustable and unlimited racetrack-ready chassis has been enhanced by an RS-specific damper set-up, as well as modified spring and anti-roll bar rates.



Bigger brakes

With a diameter of 408 instead of 380 millimetres, the lightweight brake discs on the front axle are significantly larger. The optional PCCB braking system even features 410 mm discs at the front. To cool these large discs, the engineers have integrated two additional NACA air intakes in the front hood of the car.



Lighter than the 718 Cayman GT4 by 35 kg

The DIN unladen weight of 1,415 kg is a true achievement of intelligent lightweight construction: the bonnet and wings are constructed from CFRP and the rear window is made of lightweight glass. The amount of insulation material has been reduced, and components such as the rear luggage compartment privacy panel have been eliminated altogether. The result: weight savings of 35 kg compared with the 718 Cayman GT4.



More downforce for faster lap times

The front and rear diffusers are aerodynamically optimised, while the closed underbody accelerates the air through it and, as the highlight of its aero package, the GT4 RS also has a fixed rear wing with swan-neck supports. Taken as a whole this means 25 per cent more downforce than the 718 Cayman GT4 on the race track when using the performance setting.



Optional Clubsport and Weissach Packages

The Clubsport Package is available as an option on the 718 Cayman GT4 RS. It features a roll-over bar behind the front seats, a six-point seat belt on the driver's side, a motorsport hand fire extinguisher, and pre-fitting for a battery disconnect switch. It is also possible to order the optional Weissach Package. This includes a roll-over bar and sports exhaust system made of titanium, multiple components with a carbon-weave finish, plus forged magnesium wheels available as an option.



To hear Nadim's feedback from inside the latest Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS, watch the video at the end of the album below:

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