Porsche top brass suggest there's space for a 718 Cayman GT4 RS

Published: 26 July 2019

► Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS hinted at
► Bosses confirm there's room for an RS
► Details, likely power and rendering

We've already fallen for the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 hook, line and sinker, so the prospect of an even more focused RS version has set tongues wagging in the CAR magazine office this week.

Our colleagues Down Under at Wheels magazine in Australia have fleshed out the details of a potential 718 Cayman GT4 RS, after interviews with top brass in the Porsche GT department. The rendering above was based on intel received from Zuffenhausen.

Andreas Preuninger, who heads up the GT department, admitted there was potential above the GT4 for an even more focused road car. 'There’s always room, if you create the room,' he told Wheels. 'There are lots of ideas that we have at the moment, and the good point is we have a lot more ideas than we can really carry out and realise. But I would say, yes, sure. Stay tuned on this channel.'

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Porsche's engine guru Markus Baumann said that pilfering the GT3's parts bin would liberate tech to take the GT4's flat six even further. Adding a dry sump, new valvegear and titanium internals would 'enable this engine for more power and more revs,' he added. Chassis mods would be likely to include new tyres, race-spec suspension components and new aero fixtures to create extra grip in corners.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4

Preuninger warned that this confection of high-tech parts would considerably raise the price of a potential GT4 RS over the regular car (above). 'To give this engine more RPMs, you give it more components that become really costly,' he said.

This alone poses a marketing - and ethical - conundrum for Porsche. It wouldn't want to push the Cayman too deeply into 911 territory. And it's already copped some flack for increasing the price of the new GT4, which rose from £64k to £75k in the UK.

Would you be up for an RS version of the Cayman? Be sure to sound off in the comments below.

Read the full Wheels interview with the Porsche GT chiefs here

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet