In a recent event at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca in California, Porsche showcased not one but two remarkable world premieres. While the spotlight initially shone on the 911 GT3 R Rennsport, there was another remarkable creation in the limelight – the 718 Cayman GT4 RS. What makes this track-focused road car truly unique is the fact that only two units will ever be crafted. Porsche joined forces with TAG Heuer to craft this exclusive vehicle in honor of the iconic 550 Coupe that raced in the 1953 Carrera Panamericana.
This special edition vehicle arrives approximately one year after the debut of the one-off 911 S Cabriolet Panamericana Special. This creation celebrated Porsche’s inaugural entry into the Carrera Panamericana in 1952 with the 356 S Cabriolet. The follow-up special car is grounded on the highest-performing Cayman model and is set to be driven by racing driver, actor, and TAG Heuer brand ambassador Patrick Dempsey in the upcoming 2023 edition of the Carrera Panamericana later this month.
Dubbed the “Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS TAG Heuer x Porsche – Legends of Panamericana,” this special edition boasts “152” and “154” racing numbers on the doors and roofs, paying homage to the historic race cars. Both units are painted in Le Mans Silver Metallic and feature body-colored accents. This color may look familiar, as it was previously seen on the 911 Carrera GTS Le Mans Centenary Edition, introduced by Porsche France in late June to commemorate 100 years of the renowned endurance race.
The TAG Heuer logo takes center stage on the rear wing’s endplates, the hood, wheel hub covers of the central lock rims, and the air filter box, which can be glimpsed through the rear window. Additionally, a Pegasus motif adorns the car as a tribute to the 550 Spyder, one of the early racing cars that displayed sponsor stickers. This winged horse once graced the Mobil Oil logo. Porsche Tequipment, the accessories division, even offers it as an optional sticker for other vehicles.
Inside the cabin, Porsche has added special touches, incorporating green, white, and red cross-stitching that represents the Mexican flag. The door sills proudly display “GT4 RS Panamericana Special” lettering, while the headrests feature a classic racing driver cap motif, also found on the valve caps. If you peer between the seats, you’ll notice the TAG Heuer logo embossed on the armrest.
As a finishing touch, the car bearing the “154” racing number is distinguished by a TAG Heuer stopwatch integrated into the center console. This exclusive feature was developed specifically for the 718 Cayman GT4 RS and won’t be available for separate purchase. On the other hand, the “152” car will be auctioned off early next year, with the proceeds earmarked for a charitable cause.
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