We first heard Porsche make mention of a Clubsport version way back in February when that really detailed EVO video featuring Andreas Prueninger, head of GT car development at Porsche Motorsport, and the new GT4 was released. At the time, all we knew was that their was a Clubsport option available in the German market only for 3.927,00 €.
Today, while no word of pricing yet, comes confirmation that the GT4 Clubsport is coming to the U.S. and will debut at the L.A. Autoshow on November 18th. Porsche's being pretty stingy with the detail so far saying the following in a short release that contained no photos.
Using the lightweight Cayman GT4 as the basis, Porsche Motorsport has developed a near-standard racing version. The Cayman GT4 Clubsport celebrates its world premiere at the Los Angeles Motor Show on 18 November. Sales of the 283 kW (385 hp) mid-engine racer for motorsport newcomers also start on this date.
Just like its race-worthy production sibling, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport is powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six engine. The racing version features a Porsche double clutch transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel and a mechanical rear-axle locking differential. The lightweight suspension strut front axle is taken from its big 911 GT3 Cup brother, which is campaigned 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-millimetre in diameter. Tipping the scales at just 1,300 kilograms, 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.
Orders for the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport can be made at Porsche Motorsport in Weissach, or from Porsche Motorsport North America for the US market. For 2016, homologation is planned for race series such as the Pirelli World Challenge, the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA, the Ultra 94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and for club races run by the Porsche Club of America as well as for other club-level meetings around the world.
Obviously, what Porsche is offering this time around is a bit more than the bolt on option found previously on the German version of the site. Interestingly, it looks like this dedicated Cayman GT4 Clubsport model will only be available as PDK. We'll bring you more pictures and information as they become available