New Porsche Cayman GT4 RS Panamericana – a GT4 RS that’s even harder to buy
Porsche has built two special edition GT4 RSs inspired by the Carrera Panamericana road race from the early ’50s
If you thought getting hold of a GT4 RS was difficult, don’t bother with one of these. As part of its Rennsport reunion celebrations at Laguna Seca, Porsche has unveiled an ultra-exclusive special edition version of the Cayman GT4 RS that takes inspiration from the firm’s early motorsport efforts at the La Carrera Panamericana in Mexico. Just two have been built, each featuring a host of design details to reference the historic race.
Porsche first entered La Carrera Panamericana – regarded as one of the most gruelling races of the period – in 1952, and in the following year it secured a class victory with a 550 Coupe. It’s this car that serves as design inspiration for the GT4 RS special edition, which is being built as a product of Porsche’s Exclusive Manufaktur division in partnership with TAG Heuer.
The base car’s bodywork and aero package remains, but Porsche has applied a bespoke Le Mans silver and yellow livery to each model, with one car bearing the 152 race number of the winning 550 Coupe and the other adopting 154 in tribute to the second Porsche entry in 1953. All the carbonfibre exterior elements are finished in the main body colour, with TAG Heuer and Mobil Oil logos completing the race-ready aesthetic.
Inside, Porsche has chosen red and black contrasting leather upholstery with anodised black aluminium trims throughout, with bespoke stitching in the colours of the Mexican flag. The TAG Heuer logo is embossed on the centre armrest, and the Swiss watch maker is also responsible for the centre-piece in the cabin – a custom-made analogue stopwatch module that replaces the infotainment system in the standard GT4 RS.
No mechanical changes have been specified, so expect the same 493bhp naturally-aspirated flat-six, ball-jointed adjustable suspension and mechanical limited-slip differential as the base car. Pricing hasn’t been disclosed, but one of the two Panamericana editions will be up for grabs via an auction for ‘noble purposes in Mexico.’