Porsche Suggests 718 Cayman GT4 RS Is Possible, But Not Just Yet

Porsche only just unveiled the 718 Cayman GT4 and, already, it is being asked about the possibility of an even faster, RS-badged variant.

While speaking with boxer engine development manager Markus Baumann at the recent global launch of the new sports car, Car Sales asked whether the GT4’s 4.0-lite naturally-aspirated six could be upgraded.

“Yes. We could of course get more power,” Baumann responded. “When we take the technologies from the GT3, like the titanium con-rods, or the dry sump… when you apply those technologies to this 9A2 engine it can create much more horsepower than 420 HP. We have those technologies already developed and we could easily bring them together [in 9A2],” Baumann added.

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In Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder form, this engine pumps out 414 HP and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. Those are serious figures, especially for mid-engined sports cars as small as these two. Some customers will inevitably want more, however. When asked about the possibility of the engine’s screaming 8000 rpm redline being lifted further, Baumann said doing so would be possible.

“I would say everything is possible, it’s just a matter of effort,” he said. “It’s a question of model strategy. With a lot of investment into development you can achieve a lot of things with the cars. For now I think for this car 420 HP is enough power. Right now, for strategy reasons, we need to keep a little bit of distance to the 911 GT3 of course.”

It is understandable that Porsche doesn’t want to see a potential Cayman GT4 RS approach 911 GT3 levels of performance. However, we know that the 992-generation GT3 is just around the corner and set to receive more power than ever before, so this could open up room in Porsche’s sports car range to make a GT4 RS viable.

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  • 2PacOfCarscoop

    The thing is… And its the truth. I’m always right. Anyway, why spend 120 k when you can buy a 60.000 V8 Corvette with more power and more REASON TO DESTORY OUR EARTH?

    oR WAIT FOR Elon Musk up-coming ROADster? 0-100 ,02 sec and the birds love it too. 🙂

    • Shelby GT500

      Tesla Roadster will cost like 4 Corvettes…

      • 2PacOfCarscoop

        so earth an’t worth it.. ok

        • Ben


    • dfw63

      “I’m always right”. Lol.
      Stopped reading right there.

  • SteersUright

    Of course they should do it, no brainer. I think by now its clear that these attract a different buyer from a 911. I love 911’s, my boss swears by Caymans, says the 911’s feel too big, heavy, and unstable at high speed (they do). I love the look of the 911 much more, the driving position, etc. Porsche is known for special editions so I cant imagine why they wouldn’t do an RS of the Cayman/Spyder. That said, the interior is old looking and should be overhauled by now in a serious way like the Macan’s was recently.

  • Ermal Morina

    they will never do a GT4 RS imo, beacause it will cannibalize the sales from the carrera lineup. A mid engine car is better than the rear mounted one, so giving Cayman more power just doesn’t make sense bussines wise for Porche.
    All things aside, a GT4 RS would be absolutely incredible, so let’s hope and see… fingers crossed

    • Ben

      Porsche is smart, they’ll sell it as a limited run.Only the few that could pay way over stick would even have a remote chance. Then its all about your relationship with dealers that get limited run allocations.

      • dfw63

        You’re right @Ben, “Porsche is smart” and they will determine the market threat and manage said threat appropriately.

    • Vassilis

      Well, some years ago many said they would never do a GT4.

  • Nastinupe1911

    With the release of the C8 Corvette, Porsche has no choice but to make a GT4 RS to battle the Corvette. Otherwise you’re spending nearly $175,000 to get 500 HP in a Porsche in the 911.

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