The latest information dump from Gran Turismo Sport reveals more than a few interesting motors, not least of which are two new Porsche models.
Now weighing in at over 160 cars, the latest GT Sport car list appears to be the complete roster on day 1 in GT Sport. Along with a number of new Vision Gran Turismo cars are two significant Porsche models.
The 919 Hybrid is a triple champion of the 24 Heures du Mans. It debuted for the 2014 World Endurance Championship, up against the successful Audi and Toyota teams. Although Porsche finished third overall and with its lead car in third place, it had to endure a torrid Le Mans event.
Porsche tried again in 2015 with a redesigned version of the 919. It still used the two-liter V4 petrol engine, but moved up into a higher electrical category with an 8MJ motor to match Toyota.
From then on, it was the class of the field. The 919 Hybrid took both the Le Mans win and an overall WEC title in 2015, repeating the double in both 2016 and 2017. This was under unusual circumstances at Le Mans as the Toyota TS050 – also available in GT Sport – had incredible poor luck in both races.
With an eye on electric motorsport, Porsche retired the 919 at the end of 2017, but it will live on in GT Sport.
The Cayman GT4 is essentially a 997 911 GT3 wrapped in a Cayman’s body. It totes a 3.8-liter flat-six, producing 380hp and 310lbft, mounted in the middle of the car. Where the road car is all about driver involvement, this Clubsport model is about raw pace. This means that the six-speed manual is gone, replaced by a PDK dual-clutch auto.
Stripped down and caged, the Clubsport weighs 88lb less than the road car, and it sits on suspension straight from the 911 GT3 Cup cars. In all, a serious piece of track kit that would set you back well over $150,000 in the real world.