New Porsche 718 Cayman: everything you need to know

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Porsche has revealed new racing car in the form of the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, which is a close glimpse of the upcoming 718 Cayman GT4 road car which will debut later in 2019.

Visually, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport gets all the usual motorsport trappings in the form of more aggressively sculpted front and rear aprons for additional downforce, a huge rear wing and a stripped out cabin complete with racing seats, a racing steering wheel, a full roll cage and a six-point harnesses.

In developing the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, the focus was put not only on further improved driveability and faster lap times but also on the sustainable use of raw materials.

The GT4 Clubsport is the first ever production race car to feature body parts made of natural-fibre composite material. The driver and co-driver doors and the rear wing are made of an organic fibre mix, which are sourced primarily from agricultural by-products such as flax or hemp fibres and feature similar properties to carbon fibre in terms of weight and stiffness.

The big news though is that this is the first 718 badged Cayman to be equipped with a six-cylinder engine, confirming that the road going 718 Cayman GT4 will receive a significantly larger engine than the rest of the 718 line-up.

A turbocharged flat-four is not found behind the driver, instead, a 3.8-litre naturally aspirated flat-six is present, delivering 419bhp and a red-line of 7.500rpm. Power is transferred to the rear axle via a Porsche PDK six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Two versions

The basis “Trackday” version is aimed at amateur drivers who want to take part in private track and clubsport events without major effort and outlay. Moreover, The “Competition” model features a raft of details relevant for racing. In the UK, only the Competition model is offered, with order books open now priced from £130.000 before VAT. First deliveries are in February.