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Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, 911 Targa 4S Debut in L.A.

Track-only coupe weighs 2,866 pounds.

Scott Evans
Nov 18, 2015

Porsche pulled the sheets on two very different sport coupes today in Los Angeles, revealing the track-only Cayman GT4 Clubsport and updated 911 Targa 4S.

The first non-911, factory-built Porsche customer race car since the 968 of the 1990s, the Cayman GT4 is a less expensive entry point into Porsche racing. Available by special order, it'll set you back $165,000, which isn't bad compared to the $250,000 a 911 GT3 Cup car will cost you. It looks even better when you consider the GT4 Clubsport borrows the GT3 Cup's front suspension and brakes.

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport rear Photo 2/3   |   Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport rear

Unchanged from the street car is the 385-hp naturally aspirated flat-six engine, though it's now coupled to a PDK dual-clutch gearbox for faster shifts and better lap times. Other non-stock pieces include an FIA-compliant roll cage and a fire suppression system. Naturally, non-essential components have been removed to get the curb weight down to 2,866 pounds.

Porsche plans to homologate the GT4 Clubsport for multiple series including the Pirelli World Challenge, the Weathertech Sports Car Challenge, the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy, and more.

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport wheel Photo 3/3   |   Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport wheel

Sharing the stage in L.A., somewhat surprisingly, was the 911 Targa. Surprising because the Targa was only released two years ago and the Targa 4 and 4S models less than a year ago, so it's very early for an update. Nevertheless, Targa sales have nearly doubled with the new model, so Porsche was keen to get it updated to the latest spec. That means it gets all the upgrades you just saw on the new 911 Carrera, most important among them the new twin-turbo flat-six engine. The standard Targa 4 gets 370 hp while the 4S bumps it to 420 hp, a 20-hp increase for both. All Targas come standard with AWD (hence the 4) and Porsche Active Suspension Management. Rear steering is now optional.

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