Porsche Is Working on a New Cayman GT4 Clubsport

It should make its competition debut next year, not long after the new 718 Cayman GT4 street car is unveiled.

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Richard Pardon

Thanks to photos sent our way last year, we know Porsche is working on a new 718 Cayman GT4. that a new Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car should follow shortly after. That bit of information comes from Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, the head of Porsche Motorsport, who spoke with Sportscar 365 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona last month.

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Dr. Walliser said that Porsche is working to make the Cayman GT4 Clubsport even easier to drive than before, reflecting its aim at attracting less-experienced drivers. There are other improvements he's got his eyes on too.

"We’re looking to improve everything, including a little bit of engine power and we’ll add a little bit more downforce, depending on what the street car will bring," Walliser said.

The next Cayman GT4 street car is rumored to get a version of Porsche Motorsport's new 4.0-liter flat-six, an engine used in the new 911 GT3 and the 911 RSR race car. We'd guess that the next Cayman GT4 Clubsport would pair this engine to a PDK gearbox too, just like its predecessor.

Dr. Walliser confirmed to Sportscar365 that Porsche would continue to sell two versions of the Cayman GT4 Clubsport—one for track days, and one homologated for racing. But unlike before, production probably won't be limited to 400 units.

"We did not really cover the demand worldwide [with the original car]," Dr. Walliser said. "It was a new category and we see a huge demand now around the world, in the Clubsport series and also in emerging motorsports markets like China and Thailand."

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The next Cayman GT4 Clubsport will likely make its competition debut early next year, but test races later this year are possible too. That means we'll probably see the 718 Cayman GT4 street car before year's end. We're fairly certain we won't see it in Geneva next month, but perhaps the 718 Cayman GT4 will make its debut a few months later.

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