Preview: Porsche Cayman GT4 (VIDEO)
If you’re a fan of Porsche’s mid-engined Cayman, but were looking for something a bit more extreme – more extreme, even, than the Cayman R that finished off the 987 generation – Porsche has finally released the car for you. It’s the Cayman GT4, it’s the newest member of the Porsche GT family, and it’s everything you’ve been hoping for.
Featuring a number of suspension components carried over straight from the 911 GT3, the Cayman GT4 recorded a lap time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring, confirming it as the new benchmark of its market segment. The car also makes a clear statement that Porsche will continue to promote hardcore two-door sports cars in the future – sports cars are developed at the Motorsport department in Weissach.
The engine, chassis, brakes, and aerodynamic design of the Cayman GT4 are configured for maximum driving dynamics; yet the GT4 still retains the versatility and everyday utility that are typical of the two-seat Porsche coupe.
It’s powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six engine with 385 hp, which is derived from the 911 Carrera S engine. Its power is transmitted exclusively by a six-speed manual gearbox with dynamic gearbox mounts to the rear wheels. The Cayman GT4 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds, and its top track speed is 295 km/h.
Te Cayman GT4 is immediately distinguishable by three distinctive inlets at the front and a large fixed rear wing at the back. Inside, the two occupants sit on seats upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara, which offer very good lateral support; carbon-shelled single-piece buckets are available as an option. The new, smaller GT4 sport steering wheel guarantees ideal control and direct steering feedback.
Technical aspects of the new GT4, especially in the field of chassis and brake systems, are based on the 911 GT3. It rides 30 mm lower, and has generously-sized brakes, with ceramic-composite units available as an option.
As a mid-engine sports car and a prime example of driving dynamics in its class, the GT4 it follows the conceptual tradition of such cars as the 904 GTS, 911 GT1, Carrera GT and 918 Spyder. GT sports cars from Porsche embody the most passionate connection possible between everyday driving and the racetrack.
The Cayman GT4 debuted earlier this year at the Geneva International Motor Show. It will arrive at on our shores in the third quarter of 2015 with pricing starting from $96,500.