Top Gear has named the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS their ‘Performance Car of the Year’ at its annual awards ceremony last night.
The mid-engined 718 GT4 RS was lauded for its steering feel and braking performance, as well as praised for its high-revving engine, the same 4.0-litre flat six as found in its bigger brother, the 911 GT3. Producing 500 PS (368 kW) and 450 Nm of torque, the engine revs to 9,000 rpm and can accelerate the 718 Cayman GT4 RS from 0-62 mph in 3.4 secs. The model isn’t just about on-paper figures, however; its acoustic output has also been honed to emphasise driver engagement.
Jack Rix, editor of Top Gear, said: “The 718 Cayman GT4 RS is a sports car that ticks all the boxes for people like us who see driving as an event or passion, rather than a way to get from A to B. Its zingy, zappy and revsome engine is a triumph of combustion, amplified by genius carbon-fibre air intakes where the rear windows used to be – making everyone in the cabin part of the intake process. It has utterly delicious steering, powerful brakes and visuals that are aggressive but not outlandish. It’s usable and focused but not on the same spectrum as the 911 GT3 RS or GT3. It’s Porsche’s GT department at its best; offering confidence inspiring handling and performance you want to engage with wholeheartedly.”
Top Gear’s latest award recognition sits alongside weekly motoring magazine Auto Express’ ‘Performance Car of the Year’, too.
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