Porsche Drops Jaws in L.A. With 718 Cayman GT4 RS and Taycan GTS Sport Turismo

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
porsche drops jaws in l a with 718 cayman gt4 rs and taycan gts sport turismo

The crew from Stuttgart whipped the covers off new machines at this year’s Auto Show in Los Angeles. In particular, two of them caused necks to snap more quickly than if a famous Hollywood celebrity decided to doff their clothes and streak through the show floor.

We’re still waiting for that to happen, by the way.

As for cars, we’re partial to a new wagon-esque EV and a mid-engined hotshoe.

By the way, we should note that Porsche repeatedly said “Nein!” when asked in previous years about the possibility of stuffing the 911 GT3 engine into a Cayman, saying there simply wasn’t enough room to do so. Well, it would seem someone was reading the measuring tape wrong because that’s exactly what’s under the back hatch of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS. And, best of all, a Clubsport model is being offered for use in various and sundry racing series.

The naturally aspirated flat-six revs up to 9,000 rpm. Power increases by 79 horsepower compared to the 718 Cayman GT4 to a total of 493 hp, resulting in a weight-to-power ratio of 6.55 pounds per hp. Maximum torque increases from 317 lb-ft to 331 lb-ft, to say nothing of the exhaust wail of which this thing is apparently capable. It’ll be offered only with the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch, a decision which may enrage some but is par for the course with modern RS variants. It features shorter gearing than a PDK-equipped GT4 which contributes to its fleet-of-foot acceleration estimates. Porsche says this machine will rocket from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, which is half a second quicker than the non-RS GT4 when equipped with a PDK. The top track speed is 196 mph (GT4 with PDK is 187 mph), and that Vmax is reached in seventh gear. Assisting this feat is a curb weight of 3,227 pounds, some 49lbs less than a 718 Cayman GT4 with PDK.

It’s an old trope that car journos like station wagons, but you’ve got to admit this new Taycan GTS Sport Turismo is a very attractive car by anyone’s measure. Like the equally new Taycan GTS sedan, it features a permanent magnet single-speed front motor, a larger permanent magnet rear motor with a diameter of 245 mm, and two-speed transmission. This setup provides a total power output of 590 hp, slotting the GTS models in between the Taycan 4S (462 hp) and Taycan Turbo (670 hp). Acceleration from 0-60 mph is pegged at 3.5 seconds for both the wagon and sedan. And, yes, launch control is part of the deal.

Since it’s an EV, we need to talk about battery size. Onboard is a 93.4 kWh pack linked to an 800-volt architecture, translating to high charging speeds of up to 270 kW. When connected to the right type of charger, it should be able to juice itself from 5 to 80 percent in just over 20 minutes. Suspension and performance gubbins are carried over from the top-model Taycan but Porsche is insistent that calibration and tuning are all bespoke to the GTS. Adaptive air suspension is standard, and the so-called Porsche Electric Sport Sound has been tuned to be deeper and louder (nullifying one of the points of driving an EV in the first place).

The 718 Cayman GT4 and Taycan GTS will appear next month and in early 2022, respectively.

[Images: Porsche, @ 2021 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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  • El scotto El scotto on Nov 17, 2021

    What's a just-made-partner lawyer or freshly-divorced dentist gonna do to impress the ladies 10-20 years younger than he is? The 718 Cayman GT4 RS will probably, because it's Porsche World, cost more than a base 911. First-world problems at their finest with paralegals and dental hygienists waiting.

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    • El scotto El scotto on Nov 18, 2021

      @conundrum Sir, I've checked with the judges and you answer is not only acceptable but ties for being answer number one. The correct answer is: BOTH!. The trick is to find one who is both.

  • FormerFF FormerFF on Nov 17, 2021

    It's neat that Porsche is making these, but the scuttlebutt floating around is that it's very difficult to get your hands on any of the Porache GT line cars, demand is exceeding the supply.

  • MaintenanceCosts We hear endlessly from the usual suspects about the scenarios where EVs don't work as well as gas cars. We never hear the opposite side of the coin. From an EV owner (since 2019) who has a second EV reserved, here are a few points the "I road trip 1000 miles every day" crowd won't tell you about:[list][*]When you have a convenient charging situation, EV fueling is more convenient than a gas car. There is no stopping at gas stations and you start every day with a full tank.[/*][*]Where there are no-idling rules (school pickup/dropoff, lines for ferries or services, city loading, whatever else) you can keep warm or cool to your heart's content in your EV.[/*][*]In the cold, EVs will give you heat from the second you turn them on.[/*][*]EVs don't care one bit if you use them for tons of very short trips. Their mechanicals don't need to boil off condensation. (Just tonight, I used my EV to drive six blocks, because it was 31 degrees and raining, and walking would have been unpleasant.)[/*][*]EVs don't stink and don't make you breathe carcinogens on cold start.[/*][*]EV maintenance is much less frequent and much cheaper, eliminating almost all items having to do with engine, transmission, or brakes in a gas car. In most EVs the maintenance schedule consists of battery coolant changes and tire maintenance.[/*][*]You can accelerate fast in EVs without noisily attracting the attention of the cops and every passerby on the street.[/*][/list]
  • MaintenanceCosts Still can't get a RAV4 Prime for love or money. Availability of normal hybrid RAV4s and Highlanders is only slightly better. At least around here I think Toyota could sell twice the number of vehicles that they are actually bringing in at the moment.
  • Tree Trunk Been in the market for a new Highlander Hybrid, it is sold out with order time of 6 months plus. Probably would have bit the bullet if it was not for the dealers the refuse to take an order but instead want to sell from allotment whether it fits or not and at thousands over MRSP.
  • AKHusky The expense argument is nonsense. My mach e was $42k after tax credit. Basically the same as similarly equipped edge. And it completely ignores that the best selling vehicles are Rams, F150s, and Silverados, all more expensive that a bolt, MAch e or ID4. As an owner, I'd say they are still in second car territory for most places in the country.
  • Johnster I live in a red state and I see quite a few EVs being purchased by conservative, upper-class Republicans (many of them Trump-supporters). I suspect that it is a way for them to flaunt their wealth and that, over time, the preference for EVs will trickle down to less well-off Republicans.
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