When we think of fast, record-breaking Porsches, models like the 911 GT3, GT3 RS, and the GT2 RS often come to mind. These are some of the best handling and most powerful models the marque offers today. But it seems another record-setting model will be joining the lineup, and it's not even a 911. Arriving next month is the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS.
To whet our appetite for the new range-topping 718 model, Porsche has released a video of the vehicle going around the Nurburgring. According to the automaker, the 718 GT4 RS set a blisteringly quick Nurburgring lap time of 7:09.3 at the hands of development driver Jörg Bergmeister. As proof of the record lap, there's an onboard video of the lap which you can watch above.
Porsche didn't modify the 718 GT4 RS for the Nurburgring lap attempt. The only addition is a racing bucket for the driver's safety. Meanwhile, the grippier Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires were used, which will be available to customers as an option once the car goes on sale.
What's even more interesting is the 7:09.3 lap time was set using the modernized version for recording laps. If Porsche were going by the older method, the GT4 RS set a lap time of 7:04.5. For reference, the time is 23.6 seconds faster than the standard GT4 and is even 3.4 seconds faster than the previous-generation 911 GT3.
“The 718 Cayman GT4 RS is an uncompromising driving machine. It feels as nimble as a go-kart on mountain roads, yet is impressively stable and well-balanced on the racetrack. Otherwise, such a lap time wouldn’t even be possible,” says Jörg Bergmeister.
Porsche has yet to release the full specs of the 718 Cayman GT4 RS. However, it will likely use the same 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six but with a few modifications. On the outside, the only visual difference we can see is the larger rear wing, a vented hood, and larger side intakes.
Thankfully, we won't have to wait too long to know the full specs. Porsche will officially reveal the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS next month.