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Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS: hardcore sports car snapped near the Nurburgring

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Porsche Cayman GT4

The first RS version of mid-engined model is tipped to arrive next year

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Friday, September 13, 2019 - 3:56pm

Porsche fans have been waiting patiently for an RS version of the entry-level Cayman sports car - and they are about to be rewarded.

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Photographers have snapped a track-honed Cayman prototype testing on “the roads outside the Nurburgring” in Germany, Autocar reports.

The images reveal a number of significant bodywork changes, including a sizeable rear wing and “slatted cooling vents” near the engine bay. 

Porsche had already hinted that a hardcore RS version of the marque’s new 718 Cayman GT4 (pictured top) could find its way into production in the near future.

Speaking to the motoring magazine at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this week, Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, the chief engineer on the 911 and 718, said he would “definitely” like to see a GT4 RS version of the Cayman join the range. 

“Everybody’s asking for the RS,” he said. “Can I imagine a GT4 RS? Sure I can. That’s not to say we will make a decision on it yet, as it is a challenge. Would I like such a car? Yes, definitely! Would I like more horses? Yes.”

However, Walliser told Autocar that the GT4 RS “would be a lot more expensive than the normal one”.

While fans wait for an official word from Porsche, here are all the latest reports around the rumoured Cayman GT4 RS.

Price and release

The current Cayman GT4 carries a price tag of £75,348, so expect the RS version to cost closer to the £90,000 mark. 

Auto Express says that the prototype snapped in Germany “appears to be at a fairly advanced stage”, suggesting that the car could make its public debut next year.

Design

Porsche’s prototype wears little pre-production camouflage, giving fans a good look at what the final model will be like. 

The most noticeable addition over the regular Cayman GT4 is the massive rear wing, which looks almost identical to the spoiler seen on the development mules for the upcoming 992-generation 911 GT3.

It’s unlikely that the thick wing mounts will remain on the production model, though their design hints at a possible mechanised spoiler system. This could allow drivers to manually change the angle of the wing to either improve straight-line speed or cornering stability.

Other changes include a pair of air ducts sculpted into the bonnet, while the back windows have been replaced by vented panels to help funnel air into the car’s mid-mounted flat-six engine, notes Car magazine. 

Engine specs and performance

The Cayman GT4 RS is expected to retain the same 4.0-litre flat-six engine as the current GT4, albeit in a higher state of tune. 

That means the car will no doubt exceed the regular GT4’s 414bhp output, with power being sent to the rear wheels.

Auto Express believes that the RS will do away with the GT4’s six-speed manual gearbox and instead feature a PDK automatic transmission in its place.

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