The Porsche Cayman GT4 is perhaps the most anticipated new performance car of 2015. Why? Simply because this is the car that should finally demonstrate the full potential of the brilliant Cayman mid-engined chassis. Up until now there’s always been a suspicion that Porsche’s mid-engined sportscar has been held back to avoid embarrassing the 911, but with the GT4 all that hierarchical baggage seems to have been discarded.
You can’t help but wonder if Porsche’s top brass have been getting sick of all those accusations about how the Cayman is purposefully ‘held back’ to keep it from treading on the toes of the 911. People have been saying it for years, so perhaps this, the Cayman GT4, is Stuttgart’s way of saying ‘stick that in your pipe and smoke it’. And – my word – has Porsche gone to town on its mid-engined sports car.
Developed by Porsche Motorsport – the same engineers who’ve given the stunning line of 911 GT3s, the mad GT2 RS and, of course, the RSR racecars – and benefiting from a host of 991 GT3 components, the Cayman GT4 is a mouth-watering proposition.
As the rumors have been suggesting, it’s packing a 3.8-liter flat-six derived from the same engine found in the back of the 911 Carrera S. Here, it’s good for a stout 380bhp at 7400rpm with 310lb ft of torque between 4750 and 6000rpm, a huge increase over the current quickest Cayman; the 335bhp GTS.
It’ll do 0-60mph in just under 4.4 seconds, top out at 183mph, and lap the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 40 seconds. Oh, and forget about flappy-paddle dual-clutch gearboxes, the GT4 sticks with a six-speed manual gearbox; no PDK needed here folks.
If you were a tad upset about the 911 GT3 going paddle-shift only, this manual-only ethos might pique your interest, and the good news for GT3 lovers doesn’t end there: the GT4’s chassis is festooned in bits from the aforementioned track-focused 911. Porsche states that the GT4 shares “components and genetic spirit” with the 911 GT3.
The aero side of things has received some serious love too, with three air inlets in the nose and a big wing out back that’s large and in charge without of course being too ostentacious. The whole aero package is said to reduce lift while increasing downforce, and of course it does…
Inside, there’s a new steering wheel and a pair of Alcantara-clad chairs, but if that’s not because racecar enough, Porsche will swap them for two super-supportive carbonfibre reinforced plastic seats.
The GT4—which will hit U.S. dealership showrooms in July should retail some where around $85,595, a track-toy bargain that’s some $50,000 cheaper than the GT3…food for race-gas fueled thought.