So it turns out Porsche had added a new sports car for recreational and club racing to its fleet. The 283 kW (385 hp) mid-engine racer based on the successful street-legal Cayman GT4 sports car. Except this model is designed to go fast! On track of course! And I happened to witness one pull in to Daikoku PA.
I knew straight away something was different about this car the second I laid eyes on it. It’s no secret that I am not the biggest fan of most Porsche models thought the GT3/4’S do have my attention along with the 918 Spider.
Now the Cayman GT4 Clubsport is still powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six engine, located directly behind the driver’s seat but exclusively features a modified six-speed double clutch transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel making the changes are a lot faster than a human could manage also making left-foot braking easier, all of which makes for faster lap times of course. Built with a mechanical rear-axle locking differential specifically for racing. The rear hides an enhanced lightweight strut suspension with transverse arms adopted from the 911 GT3 Cup. With the impressive brake system featuring 380-millimetre steel brake discs all round. Fitted at the front are one-piece, six-piston aluminium fixed callipers, with a four-piston equivalent at the rear. A lot of jargon to me, but what I take from all the above is that this car would be a whole lot of fun to drive, basically a fast, manual (paddle shift) sports car with a locked diff….but can it drift???
Weighing in at just 1,300 kilograms, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport surprises us with a welded-in safety cage, a racing bucket seat as well as a six-point harness (still sounding like the perfect drift car to me)!
All sounds pretty impressive huh? I was impressed with the salesman’s speech too. Hopefully my little paparazzi oooh and argh moment helped him offload this beast to the also impressed potential buyer. Probably scoring himself quite a decent comission as the starting price is at an impressive $180k (AUD). Yeah I don’t quite think it will be my next drift car but who knows what the future holds right?
The Cayman GT4 CS has been specifically designed to the GT4 racing class regulations so we will be seeing this beautiful machine put to the test and pushed to it’s limit. We may even see it do a little drift :P