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Newly-unveiled Porsche not for the faint-hearted

James Kon

The very exclusive and high-performing new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS was unveiled by Porsche Brunei on Thursday night during a media appreciation gathering. There is currently only one such model in the country.

Porsche Brunei General Manager Lahiru De Silva and Sales Manager Anwar Ibrahim were on hand to unveil the supercar at the event.

The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is purpose-built for maximum performance on a track featuring their most advanced innovation and engineering from Porsche’s racing expertise.

The breathtaking acceleration from zero to 100 kilometres per hour is in 3.4 seconds on the way to the top speed of 315 kilometres per hour.

The model represents the most extreme expression of Porsche’s agile mid-engine sports car which is one for purists and surely not for the faint of heart.

The 4.0-litre flat-six engine developing 500PS (368Kw) can rev up to 9,000 rpm and delivers its maximum output at 8,400 rpm.

Porsche Brunei General Manager Lahiru De Silva and Sales Manager Anwar Ibrahim with the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS. PHOTOS: JAMES KON
Interior of Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

The extraordinary engine is also used in the thoroughbred 911 GT3 cup and 718 GT4 RS Clubsport racing cars.

Compared with the 718 Cayman GT4, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS has an extra 80 PS (59Kw) resulting in a weight-to-power ratio of 2.83 kg/PS.

The maximum torque has also been increased from 430 to 450 Nm. On the Nurburgring Nordschleife, it finishes the 20.832-kilometre track in 7:09.300 minutes- 23.6 seconds faster than the 718 Cayman GT4.

The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS makes no secret of its high performance with the striking rear wing of its swan neck attachment, the NACA air intakes in the bonnet as well as the extra air intakes behind the side windows.

The fixed CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) wing with black side blades and swan neck attachment is derived from the one fitted to the Le Man’s class-winning Porsche 911 RSR GT racing car.

The 718 Cayman GT4 RS also benefitted from its aerodynamic design where the wing from above via two firmly attached aluminium struts has resulted in as little disruption as possible to the airflow beneath the wing.