For as long as there has been a Porsche Cayman, fans have accused the automaker of limiting its performance in the name of protecting the 911. And while the “Cayman complex” has its merits, Porsche is getting ready to change that notion with the new GT4 RS. The track-oriented sports car should arrive next year, and this is everything we know so far.
Like the Cayman GT4 on which it’s based, the GT4 RS is slated to arrive with a 4.0-liter flat-six engine behind the driver. The standard GT4’s motor is good for 414 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque, but the RS is expected to arrive with around 500 hp. As with the other RS models in the range, expect the power bump to come from new hardware aimed at improving reliability and durability on track, as was confirmed by Car Magazine. That is to say that the engine itself won’t be directly borrowed from the 911 GT3 or GT3 RS, but rather a tweaked version on the unit found in the current Cayman model. That engine got its start in life as the 3.0-liter turbo motor found in the non-GT 992 models, before losing the forced induction and gaining some displacement. As far as the gearbox goes, a PDK automatic is a surefire bet. Could there be a manual option? It’s not impossible, but as all RS-labeled Porsches are PDK-only, it might be a longshot. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.