Last year, Porsche delivered 718 Cayman Clubsport concept prepped for rally racing. Turns out, they are actually going to build and sell that car. And here it is: the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport R-GT. We’ll admit, that is a mouthful. The GT4 Clubsport R-GT is based on the road-going 718 Cayman, though Porsche has had to tweak a few things to get it ready for rallying in 2020.
Located behind the driver (but in front of the rear axle) is a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that makes 425 horsepower. That number is very specific, actually. The ‘R-GT’ portion of the name indicates what class of racing this will compete in, the R-GT class. That class is for two-door sports cars. This class has a power-to-weight requirement of 7.5 pounds to horsepower. Meaning, the GGT4 Clubsport R-GT will weigh 3,150 pounds.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe — another tongue-twister) dual-clutch automatic transmission. Of course, you can clearly see the pod of rally lights on the front of the car. Though, otherwise, the R-GT GT4 is pretty similar to the road-racing version.
In its class, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport R-GT will compete against cars like the Fiat 124 Abarth Rally and the Porsche 911 997 GT3 Cup R-GT.
Porsche has not yet released pricing information, nor specifics on when the car will be available. Though, its first test run is scheduled for this weekend, (January 19th-20th) in Austria.
Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for the latest news, views & real-world reviews. If we ever get our hands on one of these, you can be sure we’ll make some videos. In the meantime, here is what our professional racing driver Paul Gerrard made of the street car GT4 from 2016: