Slated to sit on top of the 718 stable and being the biological sibling of the 718 Cayman GT4, Porsche is preparing for the premiere of the 718 Cayman GT4 RS model.
Undergoing its final testing and evaluation drives at the infamous 20.6 kilometre-long Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit, the lightly camouflaged 718 lapped the track in 7:09. 300 minutes making it 23.6 seconds faster than what the 718 Cayman GT4 achieved.
While details of the powertrain remain unknown at this stage, it could use a tweaked 4.0-litre flat-six engine that also powers the Cayman GT4 but with more power. The engine in the GT4 spews 309 kW and up to 430 Nm of torque so we wouldn't be surprised if the RS sibling gushes more than that, well, judging by the lap times.
For better protection around Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS was fitted with a racing seat for Brand ambassador and development driver Jörg Bergmeister. It was also fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R rubbers that, according to the Stuttgart marque, will be offered as options once the car goes on sale.
"During development, we gave the 718 Cayman GT4 RS everything that characterises a genuine RS: lightweight construction, more downforce, more power and, of course, an even higher level of responsiveness and feedback to driver inputs. The fantastic lap time of the Nordschleife is impressive proof of how clearly noticeable these improvements in driving dynamics are," says Director of the GT Model Line, Andreas Preuninger.
Porsche has spent more than 500 hours tuning and testing the 718 Cayman GT4 RS as part of its development. It will be officially unveiled sometime in November and sales are expected to begin shortly after.