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Porsche Cayman GT4 RS Test: Who Needs a Nine Eleven GT3?

Porsche Cayman GT4 RS
Porsche Cayman GT4 RS

I begin to eat, as I do virtually every day in the workplace, in front of the computer. Oh, if my mother had seen me! "Son, that's not eating," I picture her saying. What an amazing job you have. "Do you just take it?" While I finish the video test of the Renault Mégane Electric, I chat with my family on WhatsApp. Everything is good. "The new Mégane Electric is the first model of the Renaulution, a very cool term with which Luca de Meo kicks off massive electromobility in the diamond house," I write further. WhatsApp has been updated. I see the issuer and put it aside because it belongs to a Porsche employee.

When I read "Do you want to try a GT4 RS next week?" the tomato in the salad almost goes to the other side. That is not requested! Time is taken from wherever it is required, including the crew, for that automobile. I have the ideal excuse at home not to go to an engagement that I despise. "I'm sorry honey, but work is work" you understand.

The reality is that we have previously detailed how the Cayman GT4 RS performs on the track following our meeting in Estoril. There we can see how beastly this two-seater is, which developed from consumer demand for a Cayman even more extreme than the GT4. Done and dusted. At the time, we described him as "a fast and intense supercar." It also need expert driving adjustments, even while using active assistance." Today, we'll go through everything in depth on the road, where you'll have to drive it as well; not everything will be track days. Will it be docile or aggressive? Is it uncomfortable or usable? What will he spend at 100?

Technical sheet of the Porsche Cayman GT4 RS

  • Length: 4.45 meters

  • Width: 1.82 meters

  • Height: 1.26 meters

  • Wheelbase: 2.48 meters

  • Weight: 1,485 kilos

  • Boot: 125 liters front + 136 liters rear

  • Number of places: 2

  • Engine: naturally aspirated gasoline, six-cylinder boxer layout, 3,996 cubic centimeters, 500 horsepower

  • Engine torque: 450 Newton meters at 6,750 revolutions

  • Traction: rear wheels

  • Gearbox: 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic

  • Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h: 3.4 seconds

  • Maximum speed: 315 kilometers/hour

  • Average Consumption: 12.3 liters per 100

  • Price: from 167,262 euros

Joy for the senses

We won't go over the car's line or primary qualities again because we previously discussed them in the last conversation. Let's get right to it. Because of how low the seat is, you must leap to access the passenger compartment. But be careful, because this one contains some metallic earmuffs from the movie that prevent the body from flinching in the curve, but that you can nail yourself in the accommodation process.

Once inside, you realize you're in a race vehicle. Bacquet with harnesses, anti-roll bars from the Weissash RS package, suede leather gear knob... Nothing appears to be put on for show. If you have any concerns, simply turn the key to the left of the steering wheel to confirm that the GT4 RS is a wild ride. The centrally located boxer six-cylinder engine screams its way out of its slumber. It won't be the last time. The vibrations that reach the cockpit are exhilarating.

To avoid the possibility of ruining the basses before time, leaving the garage necessitates the use of a gadget that should come as standard (it costs about 3,000 euros) (excursions through the pozzolana will come, now...). The technology that lifts the nose lets you avoid garage ramps and the most dangerous speed bumps on the road. Surprisingly, in a city like Madrid, where there is a lot of traffic and construction, this atomic Cayman moves like the ferocious reptile from which it gets its name. There is also no "Normal" or "Eco" driving option to reduce bad milk. The GT4 RS is perpetually enraged. Or, more accurately, he is always prepared to flee. On the highway, you must dosage the gas so that the car seems calm and is not uncomfortable to drive. Its restricted size is advantageous.

Following a tour of the capital's principal roadways, including the vicinity of what may be the future F-1 urban circuit, we take the A1 into the mountains, reaching our customary mountain stretch. Even if you enjoy the sound of the serious exhaust, it is typically best to disconnect it if you drive the car frequently (it has a specific button on the center console). Alternatively, if you opt to go a few hundred kilometers. The brooooommm behind your head can trigger headaches, and if you don't have them, it will make them for you.

It's also handy if you don't want to chat to your partner; "I'm sorry, but the car makes a lot of noise!" or anything along those lines, shouting like you're celebrating a goal. Speaking of buttons, the Cayman has physical controls for the climate control and other functions, such as a Sport mode for the automatic gearbox (remember that the GT4 RS is only and exclusively sold with PDK), the elevation of the nose in case of carrying it, the suspension (it stiffens it even more), ESC Off, ESC Off + TC Off (only recommended if your name is Walter and your surname is Röhrl), and the Start&Stop deactivation.

Stimulate your senses

Go ahead and assume that our test will be conducted with active controls since, as we discovered at Estoril, the GT4 RS is gentle... until its rear loses its serenity. We always have an angel watching over us in this way.

An atmospheric engine has a limitless accelerating capability. It goes up in corners with incredible ease, as if there were a massive turbo giving wings, but there isn't. The 911 GT3's heart is a true mechanical treasure, working tirelessly until 9,000 laps, when the injection cut happens, with a roar that sounds like a Boeing 747 taking flight, with its four Rolls-Royce or General Electric turbines delivering 100%. Or even a wailing Tyrannosaurus Rex. Without a doubt, linking it with the PDK is a success, however, some people prefer a manual gearbox (they may have played at making the knob look like it to please them). This change's propellant is derived from the 911 GT3.

However, the seven-speed automatic gearbox is just ideal for the reading it does, and it has a sequential option for those who want to take control through nice paddles on the steering wheel.

Your link bends so effortlessly that when I go off the GT4 RS and onto a Polo GTI, I expect it to perform precisely the same. Despite the fact that the GTI preparation significantly affects the utility's behavior, the VW is morrudo. Logically, one automobile and another have nothing in common other than the fact that their brands are in the same category. Without a doubt, the tiny boy is overconfident. You go full throttle, bang on the brake, down two ratios, and full throttle in the Cayman.

Repeat the process many times to ensure that this Porsche does not exhibit any symptoms of weakness; moreover, test Launch Control, which is nothing out of place, and not even the interior plastics suffer from unpleasant creaks and 'crickets.' Any. The optional carbon-ceramic brakes are the only ones we've tested on this vehicle, both on the track and on the road, so we don't know how they feel or how robust they will be for a Porsche.

Another surprise is the way it is consumed. His 500 horses are not expensive. Normal use, if done with this automobile, is roughly 11-12 liters per 100 kilometers. We always talk at legal rates and on mixed city routes (ten percent), minor lanes (fifty percent), and highways (forty percent). Logically, these figures are increased by two when you completely depress the pedal, but their averages, we say, are not out of the ordinary for a six-cylinder engine with half a thousand 'jacos.'

Price and equipment of the Porsche Cayman GT4 RS

Above the ordinary GT4, the Cayman GT4 RS is the latest level in sportiness in the 718 family. It has a starting price of 167,262 euros, but as is customary with the brand, that figure may skyrocket if a slew of options is added.

Standard features include four base colors (white, black, red, and yellow) and 20-inch forged wheels. Just a little more. When the test car's Artic Gray paint (3,665 euros), 20-inch magnesium wheels, and Weissach RS interior package are added, the cost rises by more than 33,000 euros, bringing the GT4 RS to €200,000. Add heated seats (475 euros), a Bose Surround Sound System (1,344 euros), rear parking sensors and camera (1,330 euros), Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus headlights (2,131 euros), carbon-ceramic brakes (9,027 euros), bucket seats (3,054 euros), or front axle elevation to the price (2,959 euros).

The Cayman GT4 RS no longer makes sense at this pricing, as the 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 Touring start at 206,813 euros. Now, the exclusivity that the Cayman GT4 RS provides is greater, and its history is one of gratifying a clientele that also desired a more extreme Cayman. However, the GT3 is the GT3. The blessed first-world issue...


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