Rate It: Rally-Ready, Factory-Developed Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Sep 8, 2020 | Porsche, rally, Cayman

If the as-promised Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport prepared for the FIA R-GT comes about, who else is up for one–assuming the proper scratch, of course? 

From a 2019 release:

The Porsche Motorsport department in Weissach, Germany is developing the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport to comply with the FIA R-GT regulations to make its return to rallying. The mid-engine machine is targeted to make its competition debut in the 2020 season. A decisive factor in this decision was the positive response at the launch of the Cayman GT4 Rallye Concept Car at the 2018 ADAC Rally Deutschland. Romain Dumas (France) drove the concept study as the course car. The first demo run on snow and ice for the rally concept vehicle will be at the Porsche Winter Event held before the GP Ice Race in Zell am See, Austria, January 19 – 20. Piloting the concept car is local hero and Porsche factory driver Richard Lietz. Lietz is currently ranked in third-place in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) LMGTE-Pro class.

In contrast to the concept vehicle, the future rally car will not be based on the Cayman GT4 Clubsport built in 2018, but on the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport unveiled at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 in Daytona Beach Florida in early January. The new customer sport racer, designed for GT4 series as well as clubsport and track day events, is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine producing 425 hp. In developing the vehicle, the focus was put on performance, drivability and sustainability. Highlighting the car’s sustainability, several body parts of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport are made of natural-fiber composite material, a first for a Porsche racing car. The comparatively low operating cost of the new R-GT-regulation vehicle is a major advantage, thanks to its close connection to the production car.

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pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/7/20 10:38 a.m.

There is a wide chasm between what a Porsche can do...and what I would be willing to do to it. This for example is an amazing car, and I am certain it would dominate ice racing and rallying. However, the car will also appreciate in value if left in pristine condition, so it takes stupid-level money to race these things. I am glad people have that kind of scratch because I love watching Porsches compete, but if I was able to buy one, I would sit on it for 5 years then sell it for beaucoup bucks to buy a full-on WRX rally car and have $ left for spares, hotels, a tow vehicle and trailer...  

Vajingo New Reader
9/7/20 11:08 a.m.

In reply to pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) :

Depends on who you have buy or race the car. Celebrity status adds value. 

dps214 HalfDork
9/7/20 11:25 a.m.

It's definitely the only version of the 718 GT4 I'm at all excited about.

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
9/7/20 12:41 p.m.

I like it so much that I won't even hate on the person that does a Macan tribute version and brings it rallycrossing. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/8/20 8:13 a.m.

Something else about that car: Notice how simple yet effective the graphics package is. 

fidelity101 (Forum Supporter)
fidelity101 (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
9/8/20 9:32 a.m.

wonder how they are going to fit gravel tires around those huge brakes or the word rallying is only relative to road rally for that car. Either way - that car is HOT!

Hayrider New Reader
9/8/20 12:40 p.m.

If I won one in a giveaway I probably couldn't afford the sales tax on it! But boy I would love to have a large wide open patch of asphalt to see if I could Hoonigan it! LoL...

Feedyurhed UltraDork
3/16/23 3:20 p.m.

Love it! I need a set of those tires for the Michigan winters!

preach (dudeist priest)
preach (dudeist priest) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
3/16/23 4:22 p.m.

Old post but it makes blood run to my nether bit.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/17/23 9:46 a.m.

In reply to preach (dudeist priest) :

The Cayman shape has aged so, so well. 

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