Weekly motoring magazine Auto Express named the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS 'Performance Car of the Year' at its annual awards ceremony.
The motorsport-bred, mid-engined coupé had already wowed the writers when it was launched earlier this year, presenting it with a five-star road test rating. Now, when considering its best cars of the year, the expert panel at Auto Express ranked the 718 Cayman GT4 RS as its favourite performance car overall for its all-round capabilities on street or circuit. The lightweight construction and track-tuned chassis of the 718 lies at the core of the model’s appeal, along with a high-revving 4.0-litre flat-six engine - from the 911 GT3 - that forms the centrepiece of the driving experience.
Steve Fowler, Editor-in-chief at Auto Express said: “How do you make the best even better? If you’re Porsche, you transform the already incredible Cayman GT4 into the jaw-dropping GT4 RS. The work of the German brand’s famous Motorsport department, this crams all of the firm’s race-bred, high-performance know-how into a sensational sports car. Best of all, the incredible sense of connection between car and driver means you can revel in the car's astounding driving dynamics at any speed.”
With 500 PS (368 kW) – an extra 80 PS compared to the 718 Cayman GT4 - and a 1,415 kg kerb weight, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS delivers a weight-to-power ratio of 2.83 kg/PS. Maximum torque has been increased from 430 to 450 Nm. During testing in the hands of Porsche brand ambassador Jörg Bergmeister, the model outperformed its sibling by more than 23 seconds around a 14-mile lap of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in Germany.
The Auto Express Awards aim to inform car buyers about the best cars on the market to suit their needs. Putting readers at the heart, they focus relentlessly on driver’s priorities, using data and digital tools to influence the winner selection process.
True to its goal of building the sports car in each market segment, the award for the 718 Cayman GT4 RS follows success for Porsche in the 2022 Auto Express Driver Power Brands Survey, placing first with a total customer satisfaction score of over 90 per cent.
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