If you are looking to get a
new carin the next few years, have lots of disposable income, no children and no real responsibilities, then the 2023 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS should be at the top of your list.
The RS is a souped-up version of the already excellent 718 Cayman GT4 and driving enthusiasts are very excited. It promises to finally answer the question, what could the original Cayman do with the performance hardware of the Porsche 911?
The timing of the announcement of the 718 Cayman GT4 RS has come at a good time for Porsche, with the company still licking its wounds from an underwhelming 2020, and an embarrassing
recall of thousands of Porsche Taycanslast month.
What’s so great about the 2023 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS?
To understand why this announcement has car enthusiasts salivating, we must look back at the original 2006 Porsche Cayman.
Fuelled by a favorable reception from critics, the original Cayman sold far more units than anyone was expecting and was praised for its exceptional performance on the road and track.
Motor Trendexplains how Porsche jumped on this success, gradually upping the Cayman’s power and performance, first with the Cayman R, then the GTS, and finally the GT4.
Every new iteration was an improvement on the one that came before it, but fans were left wondering if the Cayman GT4 could be pushed even further by incorporating tech behind ultra-high performance 911 GT3.
It turns out Porsche were wondering this too, as the 2023 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS retains the qualities that made the Cayman GT4 such a joy to drive, but is aided by upgrades previously reserved for the 911.
The result is an even more capable version of an already excellent sports car.
A closer look at the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS
Porsche hasn't released all of the details yet, but the experts at Motor Trend have a good idea of what we can expect for the RS.
They explain that the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 already has a spectacular platform and powertrain, but the RS will be lighter and more aerodynamic thanks to more aggressive bodywork.
The standard Cayman GT4 boasts 414 hp, but a new naturally aspirated six-cylinder could give it a boost of at least 20 hp. There’s a good chance the engine is a detuned version of that seen in the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
The newest Cayman will benefit from upgraded suspension and more power, and if other RS models are any indication, it will also feature Porsche's PDK dual-clutch gearbox.
Motor Trend calls the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS "a brain-meltingly great sports car"—and it’s hard to disagree based on these specs.
The car will join Porsche’s line up for 2023, meaning it will be
available to buyin fall 2022. The price tag will be around $132,000.
What does the new Cayman GT4 RS mean for Porsche?
The announcement of the RS is welcome news for Porsche’s investors.
The company suffered a 3% drop in sales in 2020, and while this doesn’t sound terrible in light of the pandemic, most
luxury car manufacturers reported record-breaking salesover the same period.
Porsche has bounced back well in 2022, announcing retail U.S. sales of 36,326 from January through June. This represents a 50.2% increase compared to the same period last year.
The excitement surrounding the release of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS should ensure
strong salescontinue through to year end.