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Watch This Cayman GT4 Hassle A GT3 RS In France

At a fast, frightening circuit, a 981 Cayman GT4’s horsepower deficit ought to keep it from hanging with a well driven 991.2 GT3 RS. However, there are some very quick, challenging corners to negotiate here, which make bravery and commitment almost as useful as raw firepower. As we see, the mid-engine marvel’s incredible agility, when paired with a slightly better driver, is enough to level the playing field at Magny-Cours.

Not that the man in the yellow RS is a slouch, but the Cayman driver, Ricopassion, exudes superior skill and confidence through his measured driving. His perfect heel-toeing, neater lines, and willingness to cut a few angles in quicker corners (1:04) indicate he’s completely on top of his Cayman.

Casually opposite locking at eighty miles per hour—without losing much mid-corner speed—is something which takes a lot of familiarity with the car.

Though the Cayman has stellar traction, its 380 horsepower are enough to induce a little oversteer out of hairpins (3:14), so Rico’s throttle application has to be more progressive there than the RS driver’s. The RS’ low-speed traction, combined with a PDK gearbox, more torque, and another 140 horsepower spread the two quite a ways along the straighter sections of this famous French track.

The Cayman isn’t bringing more outright performance to the battle, so it is confidence through Magny-Cours’ faster bends and braking zones that help reel in the RS repeatedly. Considering the gap the RS achieves along every straight of some length, it’s very impressive how Rico can late-brake himself back into contention. Most notably after they both thread through traffic (2:15), Rico stands on the middle pedal, shifts from fifth to second, and claws back at least ten car lengths.

That late-braking maneuver might’ve put a dent in the RS driver’s confidence.

In the end, it’s the Cayman’s strong brakes, entertaining balance, and incisive nose which make up for the obvious difference in traction and power. Of course, were it not for Rico’s obvious talent and boldness, these qualities in the Cayman’s chassis couldn’t be accessed. In addition to being purely entertaining, this high-speed battle demonstrates that, provided the cars aren’t too different in terms of performance, a driver of superior skill can really make up the difference.

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Près de 400 chevaux pour le futur Porsche 718 Cayman électrique

On le sait, Porsche, comme la plupart des autres constructeurs se penche de plus en plus sérieusement sur l’électrification de sa gamme. Et pour cause, si l’hybridation est déjà bien présente, et notamment sur la Panamera et le Cayenne, en ce qui concerne l’électrique pur et dur, le constructeur est pour l’heure encore à ses débuts. Un démarrage prometteur toutefois, puisque le tout premier modèle à se doter d’une telle motorisation est la Porsche Taycan, une berline zéro-émission très hautes performances, avec une puissance affichée à 761 chevaux dans sa version la plus haut de gamme. Mais la firme de Stuttgart ne souhaite pas s’arrêter là, et prévoit d’électrifier d’autres modèles de son catalogue, même si elle n’a pour l’heure pas donné beaucoup de détails sur ses ambitions. 

Toutefois, nos confrères de Car Magazine semblent de leur côté être plutôt bien renseignés, et nous livrent quelques informations sur le prochain modèle 100 % électrique de Porsche, qui devrait être la 718 Cayman, ainsi que sa version Boxster. Selon eux, la prochaine génération du coupé et du cabriolet devrait s’affranchir du quatre cylindres afin d’adopter une motorisation zéro-émission, une stratégie qui avait déjà été confirmée par le patron de la marque, Oliver Blume. Toutefois, avant de faire passer ses deux…Lire la suite sur Auto moto : magazine auto et moto

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Manthey Racing Cayman 718 GTS Hounds GT3 RS at the Nurburgring

Though no slouch from the factory, the Cayman 718 GTS’ blade can use a bit of sharpening if it’s to keep in touch with the venerable 991 GT3 RS. One owner and skilled shoe, a certain sebastian vittel, sent his off to Manthey Racing to fulfill the potential of the 718 chassis. Agile, easily controlled, and reassuring, it’s enough to run with a well-driven GT3 RS at the Nurburgring.

A Few Important Tweaks

Though the list of modifications supplied by Manthey is short, each item is very effective. They contribute to feel, feedback, and confidence—qualities that go very far on as treacherous a track as the Nurburgring. Controlling the body are Manthey racing Special KW competition suspension with a setup tailored to the crests and crowns of the ‘Ring. Special Endless brake pads and stainless brake lines sit underneath the BBS Cayman GT4 forged wheels wrapped in Pirelli Trofeo R rubber. For a little more reassurance in the quick stuff, a TWL carbon rear ducktail spoiler helps, and a half cage provides a little stiffness and security, as do the Schroth harnesses.

The engine is untouched and produces the same 367 horsepower as it did when it rolled off the dealer’s lot. It’s not an exceptional amount of thrust, but the PDK gearbox makes the most of the punch available. In fact, the Cayman seems slightly underpowered for the amount of grip it has. Even in slow corners, it never snaps or overwhelms the rears. This, in some sense, eases the driver’s mind and allows them to focus on cornering speed.

The planted rear only once snaps: in the middle of the quick Wehrseifen (3:03), where a mid-corner adjustment helps point it in the right direction.

Agility Its Best Asset

The way the Cayman points into corners is perhaps the reason why it’s so capable around the 12.9-mile track. When he makes his way past Ex-Muhle (3:37), vittel can keep his foot flat to the floor and carry wonderful speed through the fastest corners as he doesn’t have to consider making a speed change (through lifting or braking) at the corner entry. The tighter the course gets, the more the incisive front end helps him, and he can constantly close whatever small gap with a few additional mph into and through the corner.

It’s obvious that the well-balanced chassis, moderate amount of torque from down low, and pointy front end make this Cayman extremely capable. Those assets, combined with vittel’s tidier lines and the benefit of traffic, allow him to keep in touch with the GT3 RS ahead until the front straightaway, where the blue car fires off into the distance. It’s easy to say who the more satisfied driver was at that point.

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Ride Onboard With The Legendary Walter Rohrl As He Puts A 718 Cayman GT4 Through Its Paces

Though he’s now a septuagenarian, Walter Rohrl hasn’t slowed down much. He’s as wiry as he was in his prime, and he still takes every outing on track—even one with a passenger sitting shotgun—very seriously. Yes, a smile occasionally breaks across his stern visage, but his focus never fades.

His famously precise driving is the result of five decades behind the wheel of a racing car. Unlike most of the driving we see automotive journalists indulging in, Rohrl’s driving is smooth and devoid of big slides. Accurate and understated, there isn’t much in the way of opposite lock. This is the style of driving we can expect from a man who spent much of his career avoiding cliffs, trees, and oblivious rally fans.

Cool and detached, he uses every inch of Knockhill’s surface, and enters some of the blind corners with the sort of confidence most can’t muster. Some of that composure has to be attributed to how nicely the Cayman sits over curbs and elevation changes. Though Rohrl is renowned for hating rally stages with lots of jumping, he’s virtually sedated as he climbs over Knockhill’s crests and clouts the curbs. A car that inspires this sort of confidence is something quite special.

Being the a seasoned veteran and straightforward German he is, something would be amiss if he didn’t make one critique. As we’ve established before, the gear ratios in every iteration of the GT4 are frustratingly long, and we can hear how the motor falls out of its sweet spot in the second-gear hairpins (3:09), but it’s on-song most everywhere else. It’s a stellar car with a legend behind the wheel—so sit back and enjoy this masterclass, which despite the speeds, is strangely soothing.

The most emotion you see from the steely Rohrl is a sly smirk after Catchpole cracks up sitting shotgun.

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Porsches Stand Proud Among A Fleet of Distinguished Sports Cars

You have to hand it to CAR magazine. Few gather such motley groups such as these and find a common thread through them all. Not many put a Lamborghini Huracan on the same stage as a Renault Megane. Because the cars featured here are both the spiffiest versions of the mentioned models, they find similarities which help them stand out as formidable members of their annual Sports Car Giant Test.

When you stage a Lamborghini Huracan Evo, a Toyota Supra GR, a Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R, and a McLaren 600LT Spyder against one another, any remaining entrant must be well-bred. Interestingly, CAR decided to take two different Porsches along for their annual trip to Northern Wales for this heralded trip. Many eagerly await this yearly comparison of focused machines from different backgrounds, so seeing as Porsche is the only marque to have two models fielded here, you might suspect they and their readers have some preference for Stuttgart products.

Proving Power Unimportant

With its dimensions, its rev-happy motor, and its chassis refinement, the GT4 is unrivaled on confidence-testing backroads.

While the supercars provide the most power, they’re not necessarily the most focused of the bunch. It’s the hot hatch from Renault and the mid-engined masterpiece from Porsche which are arguably the best barroom brawlers. Their agility, purity, lightweight composition, and stellar weight distribution make these two the cars which put the driver at the forefront of the driving experience. Additionally, the Cayman GT4 sports a 4.0-liter with 414 horsepower, which means it’s far from a momentum machine. It still retains the disappointing ratios, but the added displacement makes it usable and involving at any speed.

With tactile surfaces and detailed messages through its inputs, the Cayman GT4 punches above the position its power would suggest it occupies. We know how these cars are confidence-inspiring, and how their short wheelbase and compact size helps you wring its neck along an uneven backroad. With all these assets, this welterweight brawler proves that outright power doesn’t determine the ideal driving experience.

A Sophisticated Cruiser

The focus and involving nature of the Cayman GT4 isn’t for everyone. Those who don’t lust for a wild weekend cruising canyons and drinking strong coffee might opt for a slighter softer option from the Porsche lineup. The 992 Carrera S is heavier, plusher, and much more practical. Because this is the softest machine in this company, this doesn’t make ears bleed, joints creak, and sphincters tighten. It provides a reassuring, smooth, and sophisticated ride which still staggers the initiate and stuns the experienced driver.

It’s by no means a lightweight car, but it still defies its 3,400 pounds thanks to incredible traction and a benign balance. It changes direction as you’d like, but the slightly vague steering is an unfortunate byproduct of its compromised nature. If you can get used to the chilled and mildly restrained feel—which is overcome by the 443 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque across the near-entirety of the rev range—there’s plenty to enjoy. While the 992 Carrera S might not get up on its toes quite like its svelter little brother, it does a stellar job of excelling on both the sedate drive to the supermarket and the scenic route blitz on the way home.

How do these two fare against the McLaren, Lamborghini, Renault, and Toyota? Watch and find out. You might be surprised.

Arguably the better option when the ability to grab groceries is a requirement.

 
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