The 718 Cayman GT4 is one of our favorite new cars from Porsche right now. Its mid-engine layout, fantastic flat-six engine, and buttery-smooth six-speed gearbox are enough to get anyone with a love for driving excited. For the first time ever, the company is preparing to release an RS version of the 718 GT4 for its most track-obsessed clientele. It’s already set a blisteringly quick Nürburgring lap time.
Porsche announced today the 718 GT4 RS has set an official lap time around the Nürburgring Nordschleife of 7:09.3 at the hands of development driver Jörg Bergmeister. Onboard video of the lap can be seen above. The only modification, Porsche says, was a racing bucket installed for the driver’s safety. The lap was set on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires, which will be available to customers as an option once the car goes on sale.
That 7:09.3 time was set using the modernized method for recording laps, which includes the straightaway at the beginning of turn 13. If Porsche were going by the old method of recording ‘Ring laps, which removes that straightaway, the GT4 RS set a lap time of 7:04.5. That’s 23.6 seconds quicker than the normal 718 GT4 and less than 10 seconds slower than the mighty 918 Spyder.
For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.