Is The Porsche Cayman GT4 RS On Its Way?
Australian Porsche dealerships seems to think soby Kirby, on
The launch of the Porsche Cayman GT4 back in February 2015 was a welcome surprise for Porsche enthusiasts, but it also had the unintended effect of launching rumors on the possibility of a more powerful GT4 RS variant following suit. Two years later and we’re still no closer to seeing the Cayman GT4 RS. Or are we?
Apparently, our friends over at Car Advice came across an Instagram post from Australian Porsche dealership Porsche Centre Brisbane that essentially confirmed the arrival of the Cayman GT4 RS.
In its own words, Porsche Centre Brisbane posted this: "Attention GT4 aficionados. Due to high demand, a GT4 RS is on it’s way – with more power and a 4.0L flat-six engine, this limited will turn heads."
You can read between the lines of that message, but it appears pretty clear about what it’s trying to say, unless “on it’s way” means something entirely different in the Southern Hemisphere. The dealership didn’t elaborate on where it got the information, but an official from Porsche Cars Australia clarified to Car Advice that the Cayman GT4 RS is not in Porsche’s plan as of the moment and that perhaps, somebody from the dealership just got carried away with all the speculation surrounding the desired Cayman variant.
That said, the same spokesperson also didn’t irrevocably shoot down the possibility of a Cayman GT4 RS coming to life. It could be that the dealership has the right info on its hands, but instead of keeping it to itself like Porsche wanted, it prematurely let the cat out of the bag. Whatever the case may be, we’re not abandoning hope of seeing a Cayman GT4 RS in the future. If for nothing else, Porsche would be smart to develop one for real, especially with the success the Cayman GT4 has enjoyed since making its debut two years ago. A more powerful range-topping version would certainly add to the model’s appeal, if it hasn’t already with all the speculation surrounding it.
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All aboard the hype train
I learned a long time ago how tricky it is for automakers to blur the lines between expectation and surprises and from the way this episode has gone down, it appears that car dealerships are not immune from juggling between the two themselves.
On the one hand, leaking information about a certain car – a hyped one at that – could have consequences if the information doesn’t end up being true. You could look at the Instagram post of Porsche Centre Brisbane as an example of that because without any kind of confirmation from Porsche itself, the dealership is essentially being left to hang from its own branch without assistance, or at least clear clarification, heading its way.
On the other hand, the dealership may actually be telling the truth about the confirmed Cayman GT4 RS, but it didn’t get it’s information from Porsche directly. That could explain why somebody from Porsche Cars Australia was quick to debunk the dealership’s comments, even if the automaker itself refused to confirm nor deny the existence of the car.
Whatever the case may be, I’m convinced, as I have been for a long time, that Porsche is planning to launch the more powerful Cayman GT4 RS variant to sit ahead of the less-powerful GT4 variant. And if this rumor does end up having weight behind it, it’s going to be exciting to see a Cayman variant get a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine with somewhere around 500 horsepower under its hood. That’s not to say that the Cayman GT4 RS has been signed, sealed, and delivered; it just means that I’m confident it will happen at some point in the future.
Who knows, with the 2017 Geneva Motor Show only three weeks away, we might get our answer regarding the status of the Cayman GT4 RS sooner than later.
Read our full review on the upcoming 2018 Porsche Cayman GT4 RS here.
Source: Car Advice