Porsche has just announced information about the new Cayman GT4. Intended to be the top dog in the Cayman family, the GT4 is the most hardcore version of the mid-engined two-seater coupé yet.
Using a 3.8 litre flat-six derived from the bigger 911 Carrera S, the GT4 becomes the most powerful Cayman so far, with 380 bhp (385 PS). Reassuringly, despite Porsche’s recent fondness for the PDK paddle-shift transmission, the GT4 will only be available with a six-speed manual gearbox. A 0-62 mph time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph make this the quickest factory Cayman. Porsche is also keen to point out that the GT4 has lapped the Nordschleife-Nürburgring in a time of 7 minutes 40 seconds; that’s as quick as the old 997.2 version of the 911 GT3.
Aiding the on-track performance is a new, downforce generating, aero-kit featuring that rather substantial rear spoiler, along with a front splitter. The GT4’s suspension is lowered by 30 mm over the regular car, and it also gains an uprated brake package. There’s also a mechanical limited-slip-differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring, a sports exhaust, and 20″ wheels as standard.
Further options are available should you want to make your Cayman even more hardcore: a carbon-ceramic braking system, lightweight carbon fibre bucket seats, and a Club Sport pack being some of the highlights. Inside the GT4 is a lot of Alcantara, covering the seats, steering wheel and gear knob. There’s also race-style material door-pulls instead of actual handles; a feature borrowed from the 911 GT3 RS.
Unsurprisingly, the Cayman GT4 will get an official airing at the Geneva Motor Show next month. An expected UK price of £64,451 makes the GT4 something of a bargain for the performance on offer. If it’s as hardcore as the details suggest, could this tempt enthusiasts away from the PDK-only 911 GT3?