Porsche had several global premieres over the weekend at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca in California aside from the 911 GT3 R Rennsport. A unique 718 Cayman GT4 RS, of which only two will ever be produced, attended the same Rennsport Reunion 7 event. To commemorate the 550 Coupe that competed in the 1953 Carrera Panamericana, TAG Heuer and the manufacturer of the road car collaborated to develop the track-focused model.
It comes out approximately a year after Porsche’s one-of-a-kind 911 S Cabriolet Panamericana Special was revealed to commemorate the 356 S Cabriolet’s debut in the Carrera Panamericana in 1952. Patrick Dempsey, a racing driver, actor, and TAG Heuer brand ambassador, will operate the follow-up special vehicle, which is based on the highest-performing Cayman 2023 edition of the Carrera Panamericana later this month.
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS TAG Heuer x Porsche – Legends of Panamericana
The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS TAG Heuer x Porsche – Legends of Panamericana, also known by its absurdly lengthy name, features the racing numbers “152” and “154” on the doors and roofs, respectively, as a reference to the race vehicles. Both vehicles are finished in Le Mans Silver Metallic with body-color accents. You may have already noticed this colour on the 911 Carrera GTS Le Mans Centenary Edition that Porsche France unveiled in late June to commemorate the renowned endurance race’s 100th anniversary.
The TAG Heuer logo is prominently displayed on the endplates of the rear wing, the hood, the wheel hub covers of the centre lock rims, and the air filter box that can be seen through the rear window. As a nod to the 550 Spyder, one of the earliest racing vehicles with sponsor stickers, there is also a Pegasus motif. Back then, the Mobil Oil emblem had a flying horse. This is a sticker that Porsche Tequipment, the department in charge of accessories, offers as an extra feature for other vehicles.
More unique details can be found within the cabin, where Porsche stitched the Mexican flag in green, white, and red. In addition, “GT4 RS Panamericana” is painted on the door sills Special” lettering while the headrests depict an old-school racing driver cap also found on the valve caps. Look between the seats and you’ll notice the TAG Heure logo embossed on the armrest.
As a final touch, the car carrying the “154” racing number is a bit more special by featuring a TAG Heuer stopwatch in the center console. You can’t buy it separately since it was developed specifically for this 718 Cayman GT4 RS. The “152” car will be auctioned early next year, with the proceeds going to a good cause.