Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport 04 | 01 | 2019

    PORSCHE HAS LIFTED the wraps from a new racing car in the form of the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The new racer — available to order now at Scottish dealerships priced from £130,000 (plus VAT) —gives a glimpse of the upcoming 718 Cayman GT4 road car which will make its debut later in 2019. (Related: Porsche 718 Cayman T and Boxster T)

    Externally, the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport gets all the usual motorsport trappings. That means a huge rear wing, plus more aggressively sculpted front and rear aprons for additional downforce. Inside, there’s a stripped out cabin complete with racing seats, a racing steering wheel, a full roll cage and a six-point harnesses. (Related: Porsche confirms 2019 Macan price)

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    Built to spec by Porsche Motorsport for race teams globally, the GT4 Clubsport is said to be the first production racing car to feature natural-fibre composite body parts.  The lightweight material, similar to carbon fibre — and which Porsche says is similar to carbon fibre in terms of weight and strength — is used in the doors and in the car’s rear wing, means the car tips the scales at 1320kg, making it 130kg lighter than a Cayman GTS.

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    What is significant under the bonnet is the fact the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport fitted with a six-cylinder engine, making it the first 718 badged Cayman to get the powerplant. It also signals that the road going 718 Cayman GT4 will receive a significantly larger engine than the rest of the 718 line-up. (Related: New Porsche Centre opens in Scotland)

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    In the GT4 Clubsport, the 3.8-litre naturally aspirated flat-six delivers 419bhp and has a red-line of 7500rpm. Power is transferred to the rear axle via a Porsche PDK six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

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    It also features front suspension taken from the 911 GT3 Cup car, alongside 380mm race-spec steel brakes all-round. The single-seat racing interior is stripped back to the bare minimum, with a welded-in roll cage, pared-back switchgear and a racing seat with a six point harness replacing any hint of ‘road-going’ luxuries.

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    Globally, the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport in two styles. Track drivers and enthusiasts can opt for the Trackday model, while the Competition model is fully prepped for national and international motor racing. Only the Competition model is being made available in the UK, and can be ordered now at Scottish dealerships with prices starting at £130,000 (plus VAT). First deliveries are scheduled for next month.

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    Jim McGill

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