Porsche’s 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport Is a Track-tuned, Turbo-less Beast

  • Jan 4, 2019
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The all-new 718 Clubsport comes three years after the premiere of the first Cayman GT4 Clubsport

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  • The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a track-only version of the 718 Cayman GT4.
  • Powered by Porsche’s 3.8-litre flat-six petrol engine which makes 430PS of power.  
  • Available in two trims: ‘Trackday’ and ‘Competition’.
  • Prices start at 134,000 euros (Rs 1.03 crore).

The Cayman GT4 Clubsport, which was considered by many as Porsche’s best car for the track, has got an all-new successor called the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

Available in two versions, ‘Trackday’ and ‘Competition’, the all-new 718 Clubsport is a track focused machine aimed at amateur aspiring racers, and isn’t road legal.

Essentially a 718 Cayman GT4 underneath, the Clubsport version is stripped off all the weight, and has  added FIA-approved safety gear including a rollcage and 6-point harness, along with new suspension, brakes and racing tyres. The lightweight spring-strut front suspension is taken from its big 911 GT3 Cup brother.

Add an unrestricted version of the naturally aspirated 3.8-litre, flat-six engine developing 430PS/425Nm and you have the recipe for blistering on-track performance. There’s no manual gearbox available here, but the 6-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission is better suited to racing.

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In addition to extra grunt under the hood, the new 718-iteration of the Clubsport gets a redesigned body with more downforce and a more aggressive front fascia. The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the first ever production race car to feature body parts made of natural-fibre composite material. According to Porsche, 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.

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The ‘Trackday’ version is aimed at amateur drivers who want to take part in private track and clubsport events without major effort and outlay. The vehicle features a fixed shock absorber setup. The ABS, ESC and traction control assistance systems ensure forgiving handling at the limit and can be deactivated.

Meanwhile, the ‘Competition’ model features a host of race relevant features. The suspension setup gets three-stage adjustment. And thanks to the safety fuel tank, with a capacity of 115 litres, it’s suitable for long-distance events too. With a brake balance system, the balance bias can be infinitely adjusted between the front and rear axle as well. Additionally, an integrated air jack system guarantees fast pit stops with the ‘Competition’ trim.

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“The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport possesses significantly more racing genes than its successful predecessor,” says Porsche’s head of motorsport Fritz Enzinger. Enzinger further states, “The power of the engine has increased considerably. At the same time, we were able to increase the downforce and the cockpit is now even better suited to drivers’ needs. I’m confident that we can build on the excellent sales figures of the predecessor, of which we have delivered 421 cars.”
Tipping the scales at 1,320 kilograms, the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, is really lightweight and comes with track-centric safety features such as a roof escape hatch and an automatic fire extinguisher on the ‘Competition’ trim.

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Priced at 134,000 Euro (Rs 1.03 crore) for the ‘Trackday’ and 157,000 Euro (Rs 1.25 crore) for the ‘Competition’ variant, the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is currently available for order globally and deliveries will start in February.

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