Porsche Cayman GT4 RS

When a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six is placed amidships immediately behind your seat, as it is in the 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS, a full-face helmet does little to dampen the screech of a normally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six at 9000 rpm. As we feed in the power leaving a slow curve, then slam through the gears on our approach to crashing headfirst into a banked sweeper at Streets of Willow Springs racetrack, we start to wish we’d also worn earplugs (but not really, because the beautiful noises may well be worth hearing aids in retirement).

Whenever the GT4 RS engineering team came to a development crossroads, we made a point of always picking the route of best performance," a Porsche engineer told us flatly. It’s obvious, to say the least.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is set to arrive this summer, with a starting price of $144,050, which looks like a steal since it costs over $20,000 less than the GT3. Sure, if you get a little crazy with the options list, you can get it near to $200,000, but that’s par for the course in Porscheland. To paraphrase Ferris Bueller, if you have the financial means and desire a track-focused car that you won’t lock up in a glass garage, we strongly advise you to buy one.

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