PLEASE, NO MOREWEISSACH PACK­AGES

911 Porsche World - - The Usual Suspects -

The next Cay­man GT4 draws ever closer. That means spec­u­la­tion ap­proach­ing fever pitch on fo­rums across the land. Will the GT4 be nat­u­rally as­pi­rated or tur­bocharged? Will it get a de­tuned ver­sion of the lat­est GT3’S en­gine?

As it hap­pens, the smart money says the new GT4 will be fit­ted with a 4.0-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated flat six that’s es­sen­tially a stroked ver­sion of the pre­vi­ous GT4’S en­gine and cranks out around 420hp. But even if you ac­cept that as the most likely con­fig­u­ra­tion, there’s plenty more upon which to spec­u­late. Such as the mat­ter of a Weis­sach Pack­age.

It would be the first time Porsche has of­fered a Weis­sach Pack­age for a Cay­man of any kind. Pre­vi­ously, it’s been re­served for much more ex­clu­sive cars. It de­buted with the 918 Spy­der, of course, and typ­i­cally in­cludes fea­tures such as su­perlight mag­ne­sium wheels, titanium bolts, per­haps a car­bon-fi­bre anti-roll bar or two.

Need­less to say the Weis­sach Pack­age doesn‘t come cheap. It was circa £50,000 for the 918 Spy­der and north of £20,000 for the lat­est 911 GT2 RS. Less clear is how much dif­fer­ence it makes to the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. As one on­line wag put it, the Weis­sach Pack­age is ul­ti­mately, ‘an ex­tra level of dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion to show you are even more ex­clu­sive and con­sid­er­ably richer than thou.’

If the Weis­sach Pack­age of­fered some­thing re­ally in­ter­est­ing that had a clear im­pact on driv­ing char­ac­ter, for in­stance shorter gear ra­tios for the Cay­man GT4, that would be dif­fer­ent. But fancy wheels and some light­weight trin­kets that add up to in­con­se­quen­tial lev­els of weight loss, all at an ex­or­bi­tant cost? No thanks.

What­ever the truth about the mer­its of the Weis­sach Pack­age, it’s likely to be seen on more and more mod­els in fu­ture. Dur­ing the launch cir­cus for the lat­est 911 GT3 RS, Porsche’s guru for all things fast and fo­cused, one An­dreas Pre­uninger, hinted that Weis­sach Pack­ages were be­ing con­sid­ered for ‘other mod­els’.

Crit­i­cally, he also said take up of the Pack­age on the GT2 RS was re­mark­ably high – over 90 per cent. Given the fairly epic cost of the pack­age and the like­li­hood of equally large prof­its, the temp­ta­tion to cash in on de­mand for the Weis­sach Pack­age will prob­a­bly prove ir­re­sistible. Ma­can GTS Weis­sach Pack­age? Not next month. But one day? Don’t bet against it.

Does Porsche’s Weis­sach Pack­age – as ap­plied to its al­ready lim­ited and ex­clu­sive mod­els – of­fer any­thing above light­weight trin­ketry and will we see it on more mod­els?

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