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Faster, sleeker 718 Cayman ready for close-up

PHOTOgraphs COURTESY OF PORSCHE PHL AVAILABLE at Porsche Philippines’ showrooms, the 2024 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is now the 718 Cayman flagship.

Finally, the long wait is over.

Porsche Center Philippines announced last week that the 2024 718 Cayman GT4 RS is now available in the Philippines.

This uncompromising sports car, which is the ultimate naturally aspirated iteration of the Cayman, is designed to impress with its more lightweight construction, extremely agile chassis and sophisticated aerodynamics.

This is the first Cayman to get the Porsche RennSport or “RS” treatment, which means that it’s a “street legal” race car.

Porsche mulled over what type of engine best suits this sports car and chose the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter, flat-six, that has been powering the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car and the 911 GT3.

A little tweaking was done on this engine for the 2024 718 Cayman GT4 RS to be able to rev as high as 9,000 rpm, creating a unique, intoxicating noise.

The engine outputs 500 hp and 450 Nm which is matched to a seven-speed “Porsche double-clutch transmission” (PDK) with paddle shifters. This pairing allows the 2024 718 Cayman GT4 RS to sprint from rest to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 315 km/h.

After the improvements done on the engine, Porsche focused on aerodynamics by placing air intakes behind the driver and passenger windows to improve airflow and sound entering the cabin.

The intakes placed in front of the rear wheels help direct air to cool the engine. Also installed were vents on the front wheel arches, underbody paneling, front and rear diffusers, and side blades.

When comparing the ride height of the 718 Cayman GT4 and the 2024 718 Cayman GT4 RS, the latter is 30 millimeters lower than the former.

 

A NEW fixed rear wing with a swan-neck attachment, derived from the Porsche 911 RSR GT race car, adorns the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS.

 

25 percent better downforce

For the design change highlight, Porsche took inspiration from its 911 RSR GT race car and placed the same fixed rear wing, with its swan-neck attachment and aluminum supports, to the 2024 718 Cayman GT4 RS. The result is a downforce that is 25 percent more than the 718 Cayman GT4.

Contributing to the 2024 718 Cayman GT4 RS’ higher performance are special modifications to its chassis.

Model-specific ball joints that bind the chassis tightly to the body deliver an even more precise and direct handling. The adjustable, circuit-ready chassis also has an RS-specific shock absorber setup and modified spring and anti-roll bar rates.

All these enhancements make the 2024 718 Cayman GT4 RS the most uncompromising and sharpest member of the 718 family.

To prove a point, the sports car was brought to the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany, where participants from major car manufacturers, tire companies, tuners, among others, joined and pushed their vehicles to the limit, to find out how they’ll fare in actual road conditions.

During the 2024 718 Cayman GT4 RS’ final phase of setup adjustments, the sports car lapped the 20.6-kilometer track in 7:04.511 minutes — 23.6 seconds faster than the 718 Cayman GT4. A truly impressive feat for the newest model of the 718 Cayman lineup.

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