This week at the LA Auto Show, Porsche unveiled the RS version of their high-performing 718 Cayman GT4. Simultaneously, they also revealed the racing version of the RS version of the 718 Cayman GT4. Yes, it’s a Clubsport.
According to Porsche, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport is track-ready from the factory and can be used, without further modifications, to compete in SRO racing events around the world. Porsche has been offering the Cayman GT4 Clubsport since 2016, and there is a strong demand for these vehicles in the racing world as they need very little modification, which saves costs for customer teams.
Much like the RS, the Clubsport is equipped with the 911 GT3 Cup race car’s 4.0L 6-cylinder boxer engine and develops 500hp at 8,300 rpm, which is 75hp more than the previous GT4 Clubsport model. Peak torque can be found at 6,000 rpm with this new engine producing 343 lb-ft. Just like the RS version, the Clubsport is fitted with Porsche’s famous PDK dual-clutch transmission and features shorter gear ratios than on the regular GT4 Clubsport.
Porsche also updated the suspension system and revised the damper technology from the ground up. Improved shock absorbers and updated anti-roll bars add even more body control, and the new setup makes a significant impact on track performance and handling, according to Porsche.
The 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport sports fender vents inspired by the 911 GT3 R and special air curtains to control air flow around the front wheels. An enlarged spoiler lip increases front axle downforce and the swan neck rear wing keeps the back end planted. Underbody air flow is optimized and sent to the rear diffusor. All of this aero tech keeps the car pinned to the ground, which is critical when racing at high speeds.
The RS Clubsport uses more sustainable natural fiber composite panels, which were first introduced on the standard GT4 Clubsport. The front lid, rear wing, fenders, and even the doors are made with this flax-based fiber which is being tested in motorsport as an alternative to carbon fiber.
Porsche is planning on competing this car in the IMSA Michelin Pilo Challenge and the SRO GT4 America and GT America series in 2022. Customers who are interested in the 2022 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport can contact Porsche Motorsport of North America.