Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport packs 425 HP and a roll cage

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport packs 425 HP and a roll cage

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport packs 425 HP and a roll cage

There will be a non-homologated version for track enthusiasts appropriately labeled the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trackday. It's the first production racer to have parts of its body made using a natural fibre composite, Porsche says, and the material is a lot like carbonfibre when it comes to weight and rigidity.

Created to replace the previous Cayman GT4 Clubsport, the 718 model has a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 419 hp (313 kW / 425 PS) and 313 lb-ft (425 Nm) of torque.

Two versions of the GT4 Clubsport will be available at launch. One version is a pure competition version explicitly designed for national and global motor racing.

Since the GT4 Clubsport was created to offer improved driveability and faster lap times, it has been equipped with a lightweight spring-strut front suspension sourced from the 911 GT3 Cup.

The mid-mounted engine is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission and sends drive to the rear axle, which features a mechanical differential lock. The front suspension is straight from the 911 GT3 Cup vehicle.

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The Clubsport weighs 1320 kilograms, and is fitted as standard with a welded-in roll cage, and a race-ready bucket seat with a six-point safety harness. The racing brake system features steel brake discs all round measuring 380 mm in diameter. The base "Trackday" version aimed at amateur events has a fixed shock absorber setup with ABS, ESC, and traction control tuned for driver assistance, but the systems are defeatable. The safety fuel tank with a capacity of 115 liters is suitable for long-distance events.

Integral air jacks and a quick-disconnect steering wheel derived from that of the 911 GT3 R accelerates pit stops, allowing quicker tire and driver swaps respectively.

The Trackday Clubsport is yours for €134,000, and the Competition is €157,000 (you'll need to add VAT on top of both of those prices).

"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 arrival of the 3.8-litre-powered Clubsport doesn't necessarily rule a 4.0-litre road vehicle out, though: sticking with the same engine for the racer makes sense, as the auto doesn't have to be re-homologated for the FIA GT4 category. At the same time, we were able to increase the downforce and the cockpit is now even better suited to drivers' needs. Open for orders now, worldwide deliveries start from February.

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