Connect 4: Clubsport Porsches, CAR+ January 2016 | CAR Magazine

Connect 4: Clubsport Porsches, CAR+ January 2016

Published: 14 December 2015 Updated: 15 December 2015

► Porsche announces Cayman GT4 Clubsport
► We take a look at its ancestors
► Serious weight-reduction a recurring theme

Race-ready riot: Cayman GT4 Clubsport (2015)

Love the Cayman GT4 but hate manual gearboxes? Here’s the solution. Unfortunately, you’ll also need a trailer and a lot of track time to enjoy the Clubsport’s dual-clutch auto – it’s aimed at recreational racers and isn’t road legal. 1300kg, 380bhp, GT3 Cup suspension and yours for €111k plus tax

The rave-era refugee, a 90s saviour if you will

Rave-era refugee: 968 Clubsport (1993-1995)

The 968 Clubsport was remarkable – not least because it cost less than the standard car, despite 100kg weight reduction, bigger wheels and lowered suspension. Perhaps it was the bold paint (actually it was the barebones equipment). Ace reviews helped revive Porsche’s flagging fortunes at the time.

5.0litre V8 under the hood, 190kg lighter than the 928 CS, and a limited-slip diff, what's not to love?

Club V8: 928 S4 Clubsport (1988-1989)

Not the most obvious candidate for Clubsport treatment at this remove, but the 928 CS was the real deal. 190kg lighter and powered by a tweaked 330bhp 5.0-litre V8, it made the most of its uprated suspension and limited-slip diff.

Race-spec bodywork, a roll cage, and 280bhp, we bet Derek Bell wished he was given this instead

Derek Bell’s company car on steroids: 924 GTS Clubsport (1981)

Legendary racer Derek Bell famously owns a 924 GTS, given to him by Porsche when they were new. But much as the GTS was a limited-run 245bhp evolution of the 210bhp 924 Carrera GT, 15 GTS Clubsports were also produced, complete with race-spec bodywork, roll cage and 280bhp.

By CJ Hubbard

Head of the Bauer Digital Automotive Hub and former Associate Editor of CAR. Road tester, organiser, reporter and professional enthusiast, putting the driver first