You’re looking at the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

It lapped the 20.6km Nurburgring loop 23sec faster than the standard GT4
by Vijay Pattni | Oct 21, 2021
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As sure as night follows day, Porsche can’t resist rolling out a more hardcore version of a sports car universally accepted as being really very good. Here’s your official confirmation of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS.

And it’s been officially confirmed off the back of a productive day at—where else—the Nurburgring. Porsche development driver Jorg Bergmeister gave the new GT4 RS a workout on both 20.832km and 20.6km loops, recording a time of 7min9.3sec for the former, and 7min4.511sec for the latter.

And it’s that latter time that’s interesting, because it’s TWENTY THREE SECONDS faster than a ‘regular’ 718 GT4 around the shorter loop. Well, 23.6sec, but once you’re in the twenties, it’s all moot.

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We’re told the prototype was wearing a racing seat and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Rs—available as an option, get ’em while they last! Indeed, Porsche said a notary had confirmed just how standard the condition and weight of the car was. Yeah, ‘standard.’

Porsche hasn’t released any technical details as yet, but expect a more powerful version of the 4.0-liter seen in the regular GT4. Indeed, that’s a brand new flat-six, naturally aspirated, and pushing out a very healthy 414hp and 420Nm in that car. Which means there’s plenty of room for the RS to stretch its… wing?

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Yup, there’s a Good Wing, a swan-neck item just like its big brother, the 911 GT3. You can run your eyes over these prototype images to get a feel for what the production car will look like.

“We gave the 718 Cayman GT4 RS everything that characterises a genuine RS,” says Porsche’s GT boss Andreas Preuninger. “Lightweight construction, more downforce, more power and, of course, an even higher level of responsiveness and feedback to driver inputs.”

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Bergmeister described it less technically. “It feels as nimble as a go-kart on mountain roads.” Oh, he also said: “You really have had to experience the breathtaking noise it makes for yourself.” It’s scheduled for a November reveal and barring an act of God, is unlikely to be rubbish.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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