Could this be the best Porsche you can buy?
The Porsche lineup has always been pretty good, but it seems that the German marque is aiming to make the most of what little time it may have left with internal combustion engines. While cars like the recently-revealed GT3 and the imminent GT3 RS have been a staple of the Porsche 911 range for some time, the 718 Cayman only got the GT treatment in 2015. But Porsche hasn't wasted much more time in working on a hardcore RS version. This has been no secret, and spy shots have revealed pretty much all of the new model, but what else do we know about it besides how it will look?
As an RS model, we've added the vents to the fenders, while spy shots have allowed us to glean that the hood will feature NACA ducts and the rear section will have a swan-neck wing. We've also seen a secondary air intake scoop behind the main side windows, while we've taken the liberty of giving it carbon mirrors and side scoops. We've also gone with a retro color scheme that we really hope is available to order - nothing screams Porsche Motorsport like brightly colored wheels and decals. As for what kind of performance we can expect, the GT4 RS will certainly be no slouch.
The regular Cayman GT4 produces 414 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque from its 4.0-liter flat-six, so the RS version will get more - expect something in the region of 450 horsepower. However, it's unclear if this power will be managed by a six-speed manual as the PDK dual-clutch system is just too quick. Nevertheless, many have clamored for this sort of car for a long time as the mid-engined layout means better balance and a more manageable driving experience. Thus, no matter what gearbox controls output to the rear wheels, this will be a highly sought-after model that will sell with ease. Could this be the best Porsche RS model ever? With approachable power and predictable handling, it might just be, but with an asking price likely to hover around $130,000, it still won't be for everyone.