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Porsche went big at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year, revealing the new Cayman GT4 RS, the electric Porsche Taycan GTS that slots between the base model and the Turbo, and finally, its most exciting vehicle and impractical vehicle, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport. Unlike the "regular" GT4 RS, the Clubsport is for racetracks only.
Like the GT4 RS, it comes with a 4.0-liter flat-six, here making 500 horsepower at 8,300 rpm and 343 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm. That's 18% more powerful than the previous GT4 Clubsport with help from an optimized air intake, which Porsche says is good for a "much wider, more usable powerband" compared to the old car. Like the GT4 RS, the only option is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, replacing the six-speed, with shorter ratios and even better acceleration than the previous model.
"We thrive on competition, and will always push for improvements," said Volker Holzmeyer, President and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America. "This is what our customer teams expect of us and what we demand of ourselves at Porsche. Acting on their feedback, we've made the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport more capable than ever. It's quicker, even more rewarding and confidence-inspiring to drive - exactly what drivers competing in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and SRO series need to be successful."
The Clubsport Cayman has been around since the 981 generation. It began competition in 2016 at racetracks around the world and Porsche eventually produced 421 of them before the molds were thrown away. It produced 500 of the next Clubsport, the first of the 718 models. Porsche says these cars find their usefulness in their low cost to operate.
Porsche revised the suspension from the ground up in the Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport. The dampers offer more responsiveness for more body control, and the two-way adjustable shocks improve on-track handling. The antiroll bars are adjustable, as are the ride height, camber, toe, and spring rates. Ducts in the front feed air to the 15-inch two-piece brake discs.
It has more aero too with new dive planes and a front spoiler lip, adding downforce on the front wheels. Fender vents reduce turbulence around the wheels while the enclosed underbody forces air to the rear diffuser. The spoiler also gets a Gurney flap with two stages of adjustability as well.
The RS Clubsport comes with everything but the racing suit and helmet. From the factory, it has a roll cage, a Recaro adjustable racing seat with a six-point harness, an FIA-rated fire extinguisher, and a built-in air jack system. It has an FT3 racing fuel cell (with up to 30.4 gallons for endurance racing) and two options for exhausts for tracks with stricter noise limits.
You can see it in action next year in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the SRO GT4 America and GT America series, and you can contact Porsche to get one yourself. As for cost, you're looking at $229,000 before taxes.