We saw Porsche testing a new variant of the Cayman GT4 that will be based on the new 718 Cayman a couple times last year . With a Cayman GT4 in the works, you can bet that the automaker is working on a Clubsport variant, too, which, according to Sportscar365, should arrive in 2019.
The last Cayman GT4 Clubsport (pictured below) was a track-focused version of the Cayman GT4, which is already a sportier, more enthusiast-oriented variant of the regular Cayman. The report, citing, Porsche’s GT motorsport boss Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, claims that the new vehicle will be easier to drive.
“We’ve seen in the customer hands, there’s some things you have to make easier, such as the handling,” Walliser told the outlet. Walliser also has some more targets in mind for the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport: “We’re looking to improve everything, including a little bit of engine power and we’ll add a little bit more downforce, depending on what the street car will bring.”
When it comes to power, the next Cayman GT4 is rumored to get the naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six from the 911 GT3. While that motor makes 500 horsepower, the Cayman GT4 will most likely get a detuned version, while it is expected to be offered solely with a dual-clutch PDK transmission.
If this is bad news for the purists, who’d prefer a manual gearbox, the good news is that Porsche will manufacture more examples of the next-gen Cayman GT4 Clubsport. While just 400 units of the first one were built, the new one’s production will not be as limited.
“We did not really cover the demand worldwide [with the original car],” said Walliser. “We did not really push in sales; it was a new category and we see a huge demand now around the world, in the Clubsport series and also in emerging motorsports markets like China and Thailand.”