Both are the sporty spearhead in their series, both are serious track tools. Both celebrate their premiere in Geneva 2015. Both delight their future pilots with uncompromising naturally aspirated engines. Both should also herald the farewell to the naturally aspirated engine at Porsche. Both cross borders. One smiling rather happily, the other a little grimly.
Porsche 911 GT 3 RS and Porsche Cayman GT4
Since 2003, Porsche has developed an RS version based on the current 911 GT3 as the highest expansion level of the 911. Always with a naturally aspirated engine. Always a thoroughbred racing car.
The fifth generation of the high-performance sports car is being launched with the new 911 GT3 RS. With 7:20 minutes for the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, it even undercuts the historical record of the Carrera GT super sports car of just under 7 minutes 29 seconds, while remaining a fully everyday sports car.
Its engine heart is a naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine with direct injection and an output of 500 hp. Chassis and aerodynamics are compromised freely matched to circuit performance. The intelligent lightweight construction culminates in a roof made of magnesium, the front hood and front fenders, and the boot lid and wing are made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).
With the new Cayman GT4 Porsche is making impressive use of the dynamic driving potential of the mid-engined sports car: the lap time of 7:40 minutes for the Nürburgring-Nordschleife places it as a new reference in its segment. The high-performance sports car differs significantly from the other Cayman models: the 3,8-liter engine comes from the 911 Carrera S and develops 385 hp. The completely new front with the front spoiler pulled down low and an additional air outlet in front of the front hood and the rear wing make it the only Cayman with downforce on both axles. The chassis with 30 millimeters lowering and the very large brakes are designed for motorsport with components from the 911 GT3.
The sporty heart of Geneva, still pounding freely sucking ...
Image source: All photos: S. Baldauf / R. Kah