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German sports car manufacturer Porsche has launched the 718 Cayman GT4 RS in India. The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is priced at Rs 2.54 crore (ex-showroom). The new GT4 RS is the most hardcore version of the Porsche mid-engined 718 Cayman sports car to date.
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Specs, Performance & Changes
The 718 Cayman GT4 RS get a new 911 GT3 derived engine which displaces 4.0-litres and revs all the way up to 9,000rpm.
Compared to the current 911 GT3, the flat-six engine on the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS is slightly detuned but it still produces 496bhp at 8,400rpm and 450Nm of torque at 6,750rpm. Compared to the GT4 version of the car, the new Cayman GT4 RS has an extra 79bhp and 20Nm of peak torque.
The Cayman GT4 RS is offered exclusively with Porsche's 7-speed dual-clutch (PDK) automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels.
The 718 Cayman GT4 RS sprints from 0-100km/h in just 3.4 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 315km/h. The new GT4 RS is half a second faster to 100km/h than the GT4 and the top speed has also risen by 13km/h compared to its less hardcore sibling. This has allowed the 718 Cayman GT4 RS to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in a time of 7:04.511 minutes - 23.6 seconds faster than the 718 Cayman GT4.
The most hardcore version of the 718 Cayman has undergone quite a diet to drop the kilos. Since the new GT4 RS only weighs 1,415 with a full fuel tank, it weighs 35 kilogrammes less than a PDK equipped GT4.
These changes have been made possible with the extensive use of carbon fibre with the material being used for the new bonnet and front wings. The new GT4 RS also uses lighter glass for the windows, lighter carpets and cuts down on the sound deadening material to help it cut weight.
Porsche has also fiddled around with the aero profile of the new GT4 RS with its new wider lightweight front wing panels along with the new front lip spoiler and adjustable front diffuser and the large wing at the back with the swan neck mounts borrowed from the 911 GT3 combining to produce as much as 25 per cent more downforce compared to the GT4 when in performance mode.
Porsche has also made quite a few chassis tweaks to the Cayman GT4 RS with new ball joints binding the chassis even more tightly to the body to deliver even more precise and direct handling. The adjustable, circuit-ready chassis has an RS-specific shock absorber set-up, as well as modified spring and anti-roll bar rates.
The optional Weissach package takes the weight savings to an even crazier level with the front luggage compartment lid, process air intakes, cooling air intakes, airbox cover, exterior mirror upper trims and rear wing all sporting a carbon-weave finish.
The Weissach package also adds a titanium roll cage and also uses the material to form the exhaust system. The hardcore Weissach package also allows customers to choose the lightweight 20-inch Magnesium wheels instead of the regular aluminium units.
Thought On the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Launch In India
The arrival of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS in India will allow Indian petrolheads to get their hands on the most hardcore version of the German sports car manufacturer's mid-engined car to date. With the Cayman set to go electric soon, this may be one of the last chances to get your hands on the sonorous flat-six before Porsche cuts the sound off.