The Cayman GT4 is just about the most powerful Porsche you can possibly get your hands on that doesn’t include the numbers ‘9’ and ‘1’ in its name. Released earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, the most hardcore road-going Cayman yet is already in showrooms throughout Europe. What’s more, we know the GT4 will be the first of the Cayman brood to venture into to 911 performance territory, largely thanks to its Carrera S-derived 3.8 litre flat-six engine.
Several months later and the GT4 is back for the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show – and this time it only has eyes for the racetrack.
The all new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a track-only sports car in the purest form. Powered by the same 385bhp mid-mounted 3.8-litre engine that underpins the new GT4 road car, the Clubsport aims to entice motorsport newcomers with a penchant for Porsche on to the racetrack. To this end, a number of significant revisions can be found aboard the race-ready GT4 that set it well apart from its road-legal sibling.
Take the transmission for example. The GT4 Clubsport will be the only model in the Cayman line-up to benefit from a modified six-speed dual clutch gearbox, complete with steering wheel-mounted paddle shift controls. A mechanical rear-axle locking differential has been honed specifically for racing as has the super lightweight strut front axle, taken from its big brother the track-only 911 GT3 Cup.
The Clubsport’s heavily upgraded anti-lock brake system is also fully in tune for the circuit and now features 380-millimetre steel brake discs all round, including six-piston aluminium fixed callipers at the front wheels, with four-piston equivalents to the rear.
The change in surface requires a change in rubber. Hence, the new racing Cayman’s electronic stability control has been re-tuned for running on slick tyres. A set of 18-inch forged rims comes equipped with Michelin tyres as standard.
Complete with electro-mechanical power steering, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport weighs in at just 2,866lbs and comes as standard in ex-works spec including a welded-in safety cage, racing bucket seat and a six-point harness.
The new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is available to order right now with pricing starting from just under £78,000.
For 2016, Porsche plans to homologate the GT4 Clubsport for several continental race series such as the VLN Long Distance Championship Nürburgring and the SRO GT4 series as well as for many other club-level meetings around the world.