It is powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six engine. The racing version features Porsche's double clutch transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel and a mechanical rear-axle locking differential. The spring-strut front suspension is taken from its larger 911 GT3 Cup brother, which competes in Porsche's 20 one-make championships around the world. The impressive racing brake system is fitted with steel brake discs all round measuring 380-mm in diameter.
Tipping the scales at just 1,300kg, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport, delivered ex-works with a welded-in safety cage, a racing bucket seat as well as a six-point harness, is truly lightweight. Base price of the Cayman GT4 Clubsport is 111,000 euros (RM523,000) but the example shown today cost 175,000 euros (RM824,000) as it comes fitted with accessories and racing kit.
The Cayman GT4 Clubsport closes the gap between the road legal cars and the GT3 Cup, which used to be the entry-level Porsche race car.
"With a lower driving requirement and reduced maintenance costs, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport receives popularity among amateur, young and gentleman drivers" said Arnt Bayer, CEO of Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP).
"With the 2017 Blancpain GT Asia series now offering a GT4-category, customers have the opportunity to participate in this series within Asia," said Earl Bamber, Porsche Works Driver who was also present at the event. He added that four race teams had already confirmed their participation using the GT4 Clubsport.
In 2017, Bamber will be competing in LMP1 racing, the premier class of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) including the 24-hour of Le Mans, driving a Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1.
In other developments, SDAP said the new Panamera announced last year would arrive in Malaysia in March, followed shortly by the 718 Cayman. It also updated the local prices of the Porsche line-up.
SDAP also said it aims to improve customer service this year. One way is to give buyers of new cars registered in 2017 complimentary access to the "Introduction to Porsche" driving programme at the Sepang International Circuit.
Buyers will be mentored by Porsche instructors to improve their driving skills in their own Porsche. The programme also includes a driving experience in a 2-door sports car on the racetrack.
SDAP offers new Porsche owners a four-year warranty as well as a four-year free maintenance package which includes complimentary service.