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2023 Porsche 718 GT4 RS Is Being Hailed As One Of The Best Porsche’s Of All Time

Porsche’s mid-engined thorough bred gets a wing and an engine upgrade from a 911 GT3 Racking Cup car

Porsche fans can now celebrate, for the people at Zuffenhausen appear to have heard your cries. Porsche’s RS series has been reserved for the most aggressive versions of the 911.

However, Porsche’s mid-engined Cayman has finally received the full RS treatment, and the Cayman now receives some much-deserved enhancements in the form of this new GT4 RS incarnation. Here’s a quick rundown of what makes the Porsche 718 GT4 RS so unique.

2023 Porsche 718 GT4 RS Is Being Hailed As One Of The Best Porsche’s Of All Time
  • Year: 2023
  • Make: Porsche
  • Model: Cayman
  • Engine: flat-6
  • Transmission: PDK
  • Horsepower @ RPM: 493
  • Torque @ RPM: 330
  • Displacement: 4.0 L
  • Top Speed: 196 mph
  • Price: Exotic

Exterior

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Given that we’re looking at a Porsche RS model, the massive wing straight from the 992 911 GT3 quickly draws your attention. You’ll also notice a lot of carbon fiber throughout the bodywork, whether it’s on the hood or the adjustable front splitter, which was obviously intended to cut weight and boost downforce. Surprisingly, Porsche has not opted for a carbon roof.

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Aside from the carbon, the front and rear lights are tinted, adding to the vehicle’s sleek appearance. To the side are 20" forged aluminum RS Spec center cap race wheels. In the back, you’ll discover a newly redesigned diffuser carrying a pair of GT4 RS-exclusive pipes. These practical and aesthetic components added to the Cayman’s exterior have changed the GT4 RS, giving it a more intense and aggressive attitude.

Interior

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Step inside and it’s your typical Porsche far, albeit a bit stripped down obviously. You’ve got nothing but the essentials. Thinner carpets, hoops instead of door handles and even more carbon

The lightweight motif is carried over to the interior as well. Surprisingly, it isn’t very simple. All of the necessities remain in the shape of a radio and a slew of buttons on the center console. Newer lightweight carpets, lighter door panels incorporating textile opening loops, netting on storage compartments, and a reduction in the amount of insulating material used are where they’ve really gone to town with weight savings.

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Aside from that, the interior is typical Porsche. You’re met with a sporty steering wheel with a yellow 12 o’clock marker, and there’s plenty of leather and Alcantara everywhere to make this cabin extremely sporty. The Cayman is significantly more practical than a 911 in general, and this one, even in GT4 RS Spec, is no exception. Under the rear hatch, you’ll discover a useful boot beneath the mid-mounted engine.

Performance & Specification

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You have far more carbon-fibre on areas like the bonnet, the mirror caps, the side air intakes that feed air into the engine

This is when things start to get interesting. The new Cayman 718 is powered by an engine from a Porsche racing car, namely the 911 GT3 Cup race car. This engine can rev to 9000 rpm and sounds incredible thanks to the new twin exhaust system we mentioned previously. The 4.0 liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine generates 493 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, which is an increase of 80 horsepower over the standard GT4. Porsche’s legendary PDK 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission sends power to the rear wheels.

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Porsche unveiled the Cayman GT4 RS at the LA Auto Show last week and is being hailed by many as one of the best Porsche ever made

Unfortunately, there is no manual available here. Given that the GT4 RS weighs only 3227 pounds, anticipate it to be quite speedy. Porsche claims a timing of 3.2 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and a top speed of 196 mph. The RS accelerates to 60 mph over half a second faster than the standard GT4 and has a 10 mph higher top speed. The Cayman GT4 RS sits around 30 mm lower than the normal GT4. They come equipped with steel rotor brakes, with the option of upgrading to carbon-ceramic or tungsten brakes. The chassis has also been tweaked to improve handling, using RS-specific shock absorbers and springs.

Weissach Package

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A mid-engined layout obviously offers better driving dynamics and a better centre of gravity

The Weissach Package pushes things even further. More air and cooling intakes can be found on the hood, as well as an airbox cover, mirror covers, and a rear wing covered in carbon weave. In exchange for the aluminum wheels, you’ll get an improved 20" magnesium wheel. You’ll get titanium tailpipes that resemble those found on the Porsche 935. When you get inside, you’ll see a new titanium roll cage, race tex material on the dash, and a big Porsche emblem built into the rear windshield.

Pricing & Availability

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Some say that it’s even better than a 911 and for good reason, considering that the Cayman is mid-engined as opposed to the rear-engined of Porsche’s flagship

The new Porsche Cayman GT4 RS is expected to hit international markets in the summer of next year, with a starting price of $140,000(Rs1.25 Crore). However, even the regular Cayman is close to Rs 2 Crore in our market. With the GT4 RS being the ultimate Cayman, expect it to be priced well over 2.5 Crores should it ever land on our shores. That may seem like a lot, but it may be enough to entice some die-hard Porsche fans to choose the Cayman 718 GT4 RS instead of a 911 GT3.

Final Thoughts

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According to Porsche, the Cayman GT4 has become the most uncompromising and sharp member of the 718 family as a result of these upgrades. Jörg Bergmeister, a Porsche brand ambassador, completed the legendary Nürburgring in a Cayman GT4 in 7:04.511 minutes, which is 23.6 seconds faster than the standard Cayman GT4.

We’ll even go so far as to claim that the Porsche 718 GT4 RS may be better than a 911 GT3, given that the Cayman is mid-engined, which should aid in overall handling balance. Yes, Porsche has always sought to preserve the 911 in a hierarchical manner, but with this current GT4 RS, that distance is now less than before.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
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Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. He also loves his road trips and prefers a manual over an Auto any day.  Read full bio

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