Porsche has launched the range-topping 718 GT4 RS in India at Rs 2.54 crore (ex-showroom, India). The GT4 RS sits at the very top of the 718 line-up, and unlike the GT4, the GT4 RS is available only in the Cayman coupe bodystyle.
- Porsche Cayman GT4 RS gets 80hp more than GT4
- Comes only with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
- GT4 RS available only in coupe bodystyle
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS: performance upgrades
The 718 Cayman GT4 RS is marginally lighter and substantially more powerful than the GT4. It gets the same 4.0-litre naturally aspirated engine as the GT4, but it produces 80hp more, taking the total power output to 500hp. Porsche claims that the 718 GT4 RS can propel itself from 0-100 in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 315kph.
The engine is paired only with the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, whereas the GT4 also gets a 6-speed manual. Porsche has managed to shed GT4 RS’ weight by using carbon fibre reinforced plastic for the bonnet and front wings. While the RS retains GT 4’s straps for door handles, the RS also gets a lighter rear windscreen.
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS: aerodynamic updates
The GT4 RS features a swan-necked rear wing, new air vents and adjustable front diffuser, along with a 30mm drop in ride height compared to the standard 718 Cayman. These changes, Porsche says, increase the downforce by 10 percent compared to the GT4, and in the track-oriented performance mode, it further goes up to 60 percent. The rear quarter glass has been swapped for enhanced airflow to the engine, which also results in better soundtrack, according to Porsche.
Porsche 718 line-up in India
Porsche sells the 718 in Cayman coupe and Boxster convertible. Standard 718s get a 300hp, 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine. While the GTS versions get a 400hp, 4.0-litre six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine, the GT4 versions get the same engine with additional 20hp. The GT4 is the only variant in the 718’s India line-up that is available with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 718 Cayman GT4 RS rivals other track-focussed cars like the Mercedes-AMG GT R.