Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport – the first look
At the beginning of October, Porsche revealed its plans to build a race-ready version of its hugely popular Cayman GT4 sports car. Today, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport was given its world premiere.
The new car has been designed to sit at the bottom of Porsche Motorsport’s ladder, providing an entry point for those who may be considering moving on to a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the future.
Sticking with the 3.8-litre version of the 9A1 flat six engine seen in the road version, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport develops 385hp. However, this power is transferred to the tarmac via an exclusively developed six-speed version of Porsche’s double-clutch gearbox.
There is also a mechanically locking differential at the rear while the front suspension setup has been lifted directly from the 991 GT3 Cup car. The lightweight rear suspension arms are adapted from those seen in the Carrera Cup racer too while the power steering remains electro-mechanical.
Brake discs measure 380mm at all four corners and are grabbed by six-piston, one-piece callipers at the front (with four-piston equivalents at the rear). To provide greater adjustability on track, the ABS system can be adjusted in twelve stages to suit different conditions and driving styles.
Electronically, the Cayman GT4’s ESP has also been overhauled for the Clubsport version, providing better operation with the Michelin racing slicks that the car will run.
At 1,340kg, the Porsche Cayman GT4 road car is hardly portly. However, the Weissach engineers have stripped out a further 40kg for the Clubsport while adding a welded roll cage, racing bucket seat and six-point harness.
The GT4 Clubsport comes with a 90-litre fuel tank as standard, with 70- and 100-litre items available as options. The 18-inch alloy wheels are forged for extra strength and retain the road car’s five-bolt fixing pattern.
Porsche plans to homologate the Cayman GT4 Clubsport for competition in the VLN series around the Nordschleife as well as international FIA GT4 championships, the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA and other club races around the world. Prices start from €111,000 (plus country specific taxes) with orders being taken now.