It also gives us an early preview of the upcoming Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 road car.
Just a few weeks ago, Porsche unveiled the new purist-pleasing 718 Cayman T. Now, get ready to meet its track-only sibling. Introducing the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, which is faster, lighter, and more track-capable than the previous Cayman GT4 Clubsport it replaces. It also gives us an early preview of the upcoming Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 road car.
Powering the new GT4 Clubsport is a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that produces 419 hp and 313 lb-ft of torque, representing a 40-hp performance increase. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed PDK transmission and mechanical rear axle differential lock.
The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is also the first production race car to use body parts constructed from a natural-fiber composite material "sourced primarily from agricultural by-products such as flax or hemp fibers," which has been applied to the doors and rear wing.
According to Porsche, the weight and stiffness of these materials are comparable to carbon fiber. The interior has also been stripped out and features a safety cage, a racing bucket seat, and a six-point harness. As a result, the GT4 Clubsport is extremely light, tipping the scales at 2,910 lbs.
Being designed to set blistering lap times, the GT4 Clubsport also features the lightweight spring-strut front suspension taken from the 911 GT3 Cup, a mechanical locking rear differential and a racing braking system with 15-inch steel discs at all four corners.
Two versions of the GT4 Clubsport will be available at launch. Designed for amateur drivers who don't have much track driving experience, the entry-level "Trackday" variant costs $152,743 plus VAT and features fixed shock absorbers, an air conditioning system, as well as ABS, ESC and traction control assistance systems for a forgiving driving experience. It also includes a roof-mounted rescue hatch, a handheld fire-extinguisher, and a 21.1-gallon fuel cell.
The "Competition" model, on the other hand, is more track-focused for experienced racing drivers and is priced at $178,955 plus VAT. It features three-way adjustable shock absorbers, a larger 30.3-gallon tank suitable for long-distance events, and a brake balance system that allows the balance bias to be infinitely adjusted between the front and rear axle.
There's also an integrated air jack system for fast pit stops, a quick-release racing steering wheel adopted from the 911 GT3 R, and an automatic fire extinguishing system. Both versions are available to order, with deliveries slated to start in February.
"The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport possesses significantly more racing genes than its successful predecessor," said Porsche's head of motorsport Fritz Enzinger. "The power of the engine has increased considerably. At the same time, we were able to increase the downforce and the cockpit is now even better suited to drivers' needs. I'm confident that we can build on the excellent sales figures of the predecessor, of which we have delivered 421 cars."