Only available in one trim, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS's specs are superb. It has a naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine that makes 493 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. This engine is linked to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and directs power to the rear wheels only. A 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 11.3 seconds make this the quickest Cayman yet.
Outside, the sportiest Cayman comes with 20-inch wheels partially concealing red brake calipers. A large fixed rear wing, additional air intakes, and specific components in carbon fiber reinforced plastic both save weight and increase aerodynamic proficiency. The snug cabin comes with full bucket seats with partial leather and electric height adjustment. A seven-inch touchscreen and an eight-speaker sound system are standard.
Starting at $149,100, the 2023 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS's price makes it by far the most expensive Cayman. The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS's price excludes any options as well as a destination and handling charge of $1,450. One of the priciest extras is the Weissach Package at $13,250.
By comparison, the cheapest Cayman will cost only $63,400 but it's not nearly as exciting as the GT4 RS. Depending on how much you want to spend, the Cayman GTS 4.0 at $90,300 might be a happy middle ground between the base Cayman and the GT4 RS.
At $13,250, the Weissach Package adds a host of exterior components in exposed carbon fiber like the front trunk lid, exterior mirrors, and rear wing. There are also titanium tailpipes. In the cabin, this package includes an exposed carbon fiber air box, an upper dashboard section in Race-Tex, and Weissach logos. This package requires a compulsory leather/Race-Tex upholstery upgrade for $2,160, effectively raising the total cost of the Weissach Package to $15,410.
At $310, you may as well add the Chrono Package with its analog dashboard-mounted stopwatch, a digital stopwatch in the instrument cluster, and a display for all the most exciting performance specifications you'd want to keep an eye on. The front axle lift system is always useful in a low-slung sports car and costs $3,040, and the ceramic composite brakes are $8,000.
The Light Design Package goes for $350 and adds LED interior lighting. A smartphone compartment ($560) and Bose sound system ($990) are other worthwhile extras.
There aren't multiple Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS trims or models so that makes deciding which one to buy a bit simpler. It's tempting to leave the Cayman GT4 RS exactly as it is but the Weissach Package does add a touch of exclusivity to this special car. It's also worth testing the standard seats as the 18-way adaptive seats will be more comfortable. For track use, we'd go for the ceramic composite brakes and the Chrono Package, and the front axle lift system is especially useful. Adding all these options takes the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS MSRP up to $177,310 including the destination charge. Many other configurations are available depending on the materials and colors that appeal to you most.