► It's a 6cyl 718 Cayman!
► Track car officially revealed
► Plus intel on GT4 road car
Porsche’s track-day Cayman has returned. The new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport has been designed as a ‘near-standard’ racer for rookies and professionals alike.
You see, there are two versions of the GT4 Clubsport: ‘Trackday’ and ‘Competition’. The former has fixed shocks, electronic driving assistance aids (that can be switched off), air-con and a handheld fire extinguisher. The fiercer model has three-stage adjustable shock absorbers, a quick-release racing wheel, adjustable brake bias, a larger fuel tank and an automatic fire extinguisher system. Neither is road-legal.
The juiciest bit? While the current pack of 718 road cars only use flat fours, this racer has a naturally-aspirated 3.8-litre flat-six, capable of 419bhp and 313lb ft. Drive goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed race-spec PDK, and other tasty performance parts include a reinforced dual mass flywheel and FIA-spec parts so it’s fit for racing.
We drive Cayman GT4 Clubsport
Want one? The rookie version is priced at €134,000 (£120,435) before taxes while the Competition version will set you back €157,000 (£141,082) before taxes.
Thankfully, we already know that there’s a 718 Cayman GT4 road car coming, too, after seeing countless spy shots over the past year.
A 718 Cayman GT4 road car? Tell me more…
According to our intel, the GT4 will side-step the forced-induction and downsizing seen throughout the rest of the Cayman range.
Andreas Preuninger, head of the Porsche GT models, has gone on record as saying that the GT4 will be naturally aspirated. Our initial thoughts were that it would be the 4.0-litre flat-six from the latest 911 GT3, but we could see the Cayman GT4 road car use the same unit as the Clubsport racer above.
Expect a new six-speed manual transmission, like that found in the latest GT3. Yep, Porsche continues to offer the purists' solution - and long may that continue.
Brawny engine and drivetrain implants will take care of the firepower, but the chassis and bodywork will be given a significant makeover too; expect lightweighting and exotic materials galore to make the coupe perform, handle, corner and brake better than ever.
We drove a Cayman GT4 Clubsport racer to give you some idea of what to expect. Rear our review here.
When can I buy the new 718 Cayman GT4?
Porsche is the past master of stoking interest in its model ranges as they gently age. With facelifted 718s already doing the rounds of testing, we'd suggest the new GT4 is likely to be a 2019 model year entry.
The outgoing GT4 wasn't a limited series production car and sales figures show that it actually out-sold the 2.7 in the last-generation Cayman. An extraordinary - and heartening - fact. More than 500 were registered in the UK.
There's some pretty serious aero on the prototypes we've seen: check out the full-width rear wing and diffuser on our spy photos. Twin exhuasts complete the look.
Other telltale giveaways that this is a GT-series Porsche are the lightweight alloy wheels wrapped in liquorice-thin, track-focused tyres, the lower ride height and Porsche's composite brake discs the size of brass band cymbals.
This car has a rollcage installed, but we expect that's to protect occupants when it's testing on the Nurburgring circuit. Note also the GT2 RS-style front splitter - designed to be so strong, that a man can stand on it without deforming. All the better to keep a constant downforce even at high speeds.
Yep, it looks like Porsche might have another mouth-watering driver's car on its hands...
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