The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS has exceeded expectations during final testing.
It’s not often that a car comes along that can handle both twisting mountain roads and set blistering speeds on the race track. But the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is no ordinary car.
Labelled the “big brother” of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4, the new GT4 RS is well prepared for its world premiere in November.
Porsche put the vehicle through extensive final testing this week and to say it excelled would be an understatement.
Porsche ambassador and development driver Jörg Bergmeister 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 the shorter 20.6 km lap, which had previously served as the benchmark, in 7:04.511 minutes – 23.6 seconds faster than 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.
Bergmeister has devoted more than 500 hours to testing the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS to date.
He said the car had impressively demonstrated its dynamic potential both on twisty mountain roads and on the race track.
“The 718 Cayman GT4 RS is an uncompromising driving machine,” Bergmeister said.
“It 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.
“The GT4 RS is one of the sharpest cars Porsche has ever developed. And you really have had to experience the breathtaking noise it makes for yourself.”
‘A driver’s car’
Andreas Preuninger, Porche GT Model Line Director said Porsche fans could forward to a “pure driver’s car that makes a thrilling driving experience an absolute priority.”
“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,” Preuninger said.
“The fantastic lap time of the Nordschleife is impressive proof of how clearly noticeable these improvements in driving dynamics are.
The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS will be the first 718 to carry the RS badge.