Backing up the declare is a well-known naturally aspirated flat-six engine plucked from Porsche’s 911 GT3 Cup automotive. It has been tuned to rev as much as 9,000 RPM and delivers a formidable 493HP, a rise of 79HP over the 718 Cayman GT4.. It has a weight-to-power ratio of 6.55 lbs. per HP, whereas the utmost torque has been elevated from 317 lb.-ft to 331 lb.-ft.
The extra efficiency Porsche was capable of tune leads to a half-second enchancment in accelerating from 0-60 MPH, which takes a mere 3.2 seconds within the 718 Cayman GT4 RS. On the monitor, this spunky sports activities automotive can attain a prime velocity of 196 MPH in seventh gear (up from 187 MPH). And actually it’s only being provided with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
“Utilizing shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel, drivers can change gears manually as they select with out taking their fingers off the wheel. Alternatively, they will additionally change gears manually utilizing the newly designed shift lever within the middle console,” Porsche explains.
Wanting previous the engine and transmission, Porsche additionally made some bodily design adjustments “pushed by useful demand.” Like air intakes behind the facet home windows on each the motive force and passenger sides, for a sound that may be deliberately and “clearly heard” due to how shut they’re to the motive force’s and passenger’s ears. There are additionally facet intakes within the rear quarter panels, that are a staple of all Cayman fashions however have now been revised to supply higher cooling for the engine.
Porsche managed to shave some weight off the Cayman too. It has a curb weight of three,227 kilos, which is 49 kilos lower than the non-RS mannequin. A part of the discount comes from forming the entrance fenders and hood out of carbon fiber strengthened plastic (CFRP) and utilizing light-weight glass for the rear home windows.
Different design goodies embody a brand new, mounted rear wing with swan neck mounts and aluminum helps, an enhanced suspension system with ball joints connecting the suspension to the physique, 20-inch cast aluminum wheels with middle locks (a primary for a 718 Cayman mannequin), and an elective Weissach Bundle with additional efficiency and look tweaks.