Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS: First allocation not sold out… yet


Want to be among the first people to get your hands on the hottest Porsche Cayman?

It’s not sold out, but you’ll still need to be quick. Porsche has confirmed the first batch of cars coming to Australia has haven’t all been allocated to customers, but it’s not anticipating that situation to last.

“Since the start of sales for GT4 RS we have had strong demand,” a Porsche Australia spokesperson told CarExpert.

“Our 2022 allocation is not yet sold out, but we expect demand to exceed supply at some point.”

Porsche hasn’t how many cars are in that first allocation, nor how many will be coming to Australia in 2023 and 2024. The brand says supply of the car beyond 2022 looks “strong”, though.

The GT4 RS is priced at $300,800 before on-road costs in Australia, almost $90,000 more than a 718 GT4.

Power in the GT4 RS comes from a 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine with 368kW and 450Nm, sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission featuring shorter ratios than the wider 718 range.

Redline is a sky-high 9000rpm, and the 100km/h sprint takes a claimed 3.4 seconds. Flat out you’ll be doing 315km/h.

The engine is shared with the 911 GT3 RS, although it’s been throughly reworked to fit in the mid-engined Cayman body. The shift necessitated some novel packaging solutions, including fitting the air intakes where the rear quarter windows once sat.

Porsche says power is down slightly on the 911 GT3 because of the repackaged exhaust system, not to keep the 718 below the 911 in the performance pecking order.

With a 7:04.511 lap around the 20.6km of the Nurburgring Nordschleife, it’s 23.6 seconds faster than the GT4.

It’s also knocking on the door of the bigger 911 GT3, which did the same 20.6km lap in 6:55.34 before its launch. Of course, the imminent 911 GT3 RS should move the needle again…

The GT4 RS will touch down in Australia in the middle of 2022. Stay tuned for our review on March 23.

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