To wipe the arguments off the table at the regulars’ table: That’s right, there are stronger guys. There are also faster sprinters. And some cars that go around the Nordschleife in less time.
Sound: a lot of pressure, all colors, great joy!
Basically we can skip these chapters – sound (especially this one!) can hardly be described. However, we can set forth the annexes of the RS.
The titanium exhaust with volume and thin walls trumpets, high speeds buzz up to over 9000 rpm, less insulation in the sheet metal allows development, intake slurping from a turbo-free system roars and howls directly in the ears of the passengers – the heavenly-hellish sound is a loud, shrill, work of art that lures you into addiction.
Concept: uncompromising cornering
Others can soften. Where rubber bushings usually guide suspension links, inexorable ball joints lock the suspension to the body on the GT4 RS. Where in all other cars the last gear stages are trimmed to overdrive, Porsche turns us dizzy up to the top speed with short gear wheel pairs.
Instead of going through grilles in the apron, the Cayman slurps its combustion air through openings behind the B-pillar – who needs side windows here anyway. Elaborate lightweight construction, drive and chassis from motorsport, diffuser and wings variable as well as enormously heat-resistant and bite-resistant brakes have been condensed by Porsche into a blazing racer for Sundays.
Possibly even for every day: in fact, depending on the program button, the shock absorbers even work in a soft mode, and passengers are even allowed to listen to music if they wish.
Driving experience: couldn’t be finer
The car never feels unpredictable, initiates the border area with delicate understeering or slightly imminent oversteering. The rigidity of the car, the exact reactions and the outstanding precision result in the most engaging and sensual high-speed driving experience of the day.
He’s just the right size for that. Assessable, to be fine-tuned, also classified sufficiently below the massive 911s according to the subjective feeling and yet mature enough to leave playful compacts far behind.
Brakes: right up to the limit
Pads, which are guided by one-piece calipers and pressed on by six pistons each, bite into the front discs, which are up to 402 millimeters in size. Hoses encased in steel mesh carry the hydraulic pressure to the tongs.
The driver feels this as a high-precision pressure point that never moves and certainly does not show any of its strength. So the GT4 RS anchors on the one hand wonderfully brute, on the other hand unexpectedly definable. heat stress? Never!
The discs made of ceramic and carbon fiber can withstand acute frictional heat very well, and the GT4 RS also scoops additional cooling air onto the system via the Naca nozzles in the front hood. If anything can tame the beastly 500 hp of the RS, then these miracle brakes.
Drive: Sport at heart
Insanely high speeds, turbo-free breathing, trimmed for explosive response via individual throttle valves, an oil-thirsty dry sump lubrication system whips the lubricant through the bores, and instead of limp hydraulic valve lifters, rigid rocker arms whir on the valve stems – a masterpiece (fire)work is at work here.
To do this, the machine was rotated 180 degrees and packed behind the seats – originally it was the other way around in the 911 GT3. The structure is as complex as the performance development is as binding: there is thrust from around 6000 rpm, at 8500 rpm you can slowly think about switching gears, at just over 9000 the four-liter engine monster bleats in the limiter. Clearly: the soul of the GT4 RS has six cylinders.
Fascination: Porsche in every joint
Steering: no one is more emotional
We are happy to dedicate a separate chapter to such a successful system. Still relaxed around the straight-ahead position and not even too hectic at 300 km/h, with increasing steering angle then extra direct in the translation to lead perfectly even in tight serpentines – something like this allows the steering rack of the steering “differently” equipped with notches.
If you want to know exactly: The range of the ratio of steering and wheel angle ranges from 16.9:1 to 12.25:1. The reset to its twelve o’clock position (almost automatically sucking and springing) fits perfectly. It’s almost play-free here anyway.
In short: there is no better, more beautiful or more precise way to direct a car.
Specifications and price: Porsche Cayman GT4 RS
• Displacement 3996cc
• Perfomance 368 kW (500 hp) at 8400 rpm
• Max. Torque 450 Nm at 6750 rpm
• Drive Rear wheel/7-speed DSG
• L/W/H 4456/1822/1267mm
• curb weight 1481kg
• 0-100/200km/h 3.6/11.3s
• Braking distance 100-0 km/h 33.2/31.7 m (cold/warm)
• Top speed 315km/h
• Consumption 12.5L SP/100km
• Price from 141,338 euros