In 2015, Porsche announced the car we all thought Porsche would never build. It has been a few years since it has been released and the excitement It was the first time Porsche introduced lets the motorsports guys in Weissach sprinkle their magic on a Cayman. They did not let us down. They took components of the 911 GT3, stole the engine from a Carrera S and tuned engine, chassis, brakes and aerodynamics to give us the perfect car.
The 3.8-litre flat-six engine with 385 hp (283 kW) is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with dynamic gearbox mounts. The chassis was lowered by 30 mm and bigger brakes were added. The suspension is basically the same at the 911 GT3. This is some serious motorsport kit.
Design, Styling & Interior
Based on the 981 Cayman the GT4 takes the already nice design and adds aggression. We love the large, vented front bumper which makes the GT4 look like a more serious weapon and also improves cooling for the additional radiator. Add lower ride height, a lower front lip as well as a fixed rear wing for providing downforce and it is clear that this is no normal Cayman.
On its exterior, the Cayman GT4 is clearly differentiated from related mid-engine coupes. Three distinctive inlet openings at the front and a large fixed rear wing are part of an aerodynamic package which is systematically designed for downforce. Upon request, the Cayman GT4 can be equipped even more comprehensively for sporty use. Options include the PCCB ceramic brake system, full shell seats made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), a custom Sport Chrono Package with the unique Track Precision app and a Club Sport Package.
The interior of the Cayman GT4 is designed so that the driver and front passenger can experience unfiltered driving enjoyment. They sit on sport seats, upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara, which are distinguished by very good lateral support. The new GT4 sport steering wheel guarantees ideal control and direct steering feedback due to its compact dimensions.
While this car doesn’t seem fast on paper, a lap time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring clearly shows that Porsche is serious about performance. With a 3.8-litre engine rather than the Cayman GTS’s 3.4 litres, and a few kilos shed from its kerb weight, the GT4 is predictably a shade faster than the previous quickest Cayman.
The benchmark 0-62mph sprint now passes in 4.2 seconds, rather than the 4.9sec of the GTS, while its top speed has risen by 6mph to 183mph. More important than the quantity of the GT4’s performance is its quality – with extra engine capacity the Cayman now pulls its long gearing more convincingly than ever. In isolation this 3.8-litre flat-six sounds exciting and seems to have a top end full of fireworks, but when compared to a 911 GT3 or RS power unit it does fall short for drama.
The serrated, hard-edged bark that those cars emit with a fully open throttle is worthy of a competition car, while both rev out to their redlines with such ferocity that you wonder if they’re about to explode. The GT4’s engine is never as exciting as that, but you’d be hard-pressed to criticize it if you hadn’t experienced a GT3 or RS at full lick.
Ride & Handling
Prices & Specs