Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 is getting a big brother: the 718 Cayman GT4 RS. And the new top model of the 718 family has shown it’ll be well prepared for its forthcoming world premiere.

The new hardcore performance model is the first 718 Cayman to wear the RS badge. And its recent shakedown test run on the famous Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit showed that it is also a deserving recipient of the iconic suffix.

Development driver Jörg Bergmeister commented that the new model feels as nimble as a go-kart on mountain roads yet is impressively stable and well-balanced on the racetrack.

During final testing and evaluation drives, the first Porsche 718 Cayman to carry the RS badge has impressively demonstrated its dynamic potential both on twisty mountain roads and on the racetrack.

Brand ambassador and development driver Jörg Bergmeister has lapped the 20.832-kilometre Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in a lightly disguised production car in 7:09.300 minutes.

The 718 Cayman GT4 RS completed a shorter 20.6km lap, which had previously served as the benchmark, in 7:04.511 minutes – 23.6 seconds faster than its little brother, the 718 Cayman GT4.

To protect the driver, the mid-engined sports car was equipped with a racing seat. The tyres fitted to the car were Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R, which will be optionally available.

"During development, we gave the 718 Cayman GT4 RS everything that characterises a genuine RS: lightweight construction, more downforce, more power and, of course, an even higher level of responsiveness and feedback to driver inputs,” says Director of the Porsche GT Model Line, Andreas Preuninger. “The fantastic lap time of the Nordschleife is impressive proof of how clearly noticeable these improvements in driving dynamics are.”

Preuninger commented that Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS customers can look forward to a pure driver's car that makes a thrilling driving experience an absolute priority.

Porsche development driver, Jörg Bergmeister, who has devoted more than 500 hours to the 718 Cayman GT4 RS during test and tuning drives, is equally effusive about the new hardcore model, commenting that it is an uncompromising driving machine.

 

“The 718 Cayman GT4 RS feels as nimble as a go-kart on mountain roads yet is impressively stable and well-balanced on the racetrack. Otherwise, such a lap time wouldn’t even be possible,” he said. “The GT4 RS is one of the sharpest cars Porsche has ever developed. And you really have had to experience the breath-taking noise it makes for yourself.”

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