Porsche’s 718 Cayman GT4 racecar has a 6cyl engine

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Worried the GT4 might lose its atmospheric engine? The race version brings hope

This year, Porsche will show us a new Cayman GT4, the first with the ‘718’ prefix in front of its name. Given the old GT4 has a truly wonderful, turbo-free flat-six engine in it – and all the 718s we’ve seen so far, um, don’t – there’s been some concerns about what form it’ll take.

(Click HERE to read about the 'old' Cayman GT4)

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We might be able to cast our worries aside, though. This is the 718 GT4 Clubsport racecar, a precursor to the road-going version. And it not only has a 3.8-litre flat-six in it, but one with 40bhp more than its predecessor: a potent 420bhp.

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It comes mated exclusively to a 6spd PDK paddleshift gearbox in this Clubsport, but the road car will no doubt come with a manual when it arrives, given that was such a hallmark of the old GT4.

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There are naturally lots of motorsport touches – a proper harnessed bucket seat, a welded-in roll cage, lightweight suspension components from the more senior 911 GT3 Cup car – and something else rather more unique to the Clubsport. Namely, some organic materials.

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Yep, the doors and rear wing are made of something called ‘natural-fibre composite material’, by-products of agriculture (such as hemp) that apparently have similar weight and strength properties to carbonfibre.

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So if your new year’s resolution was to go organic, you can genuinely start with the racecar you buy. Providing you have very deep pockets required to buy a 718 GT4 Clubsport, that is…

STORY Stephen Dobie

Author: TopGear
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