The Porsche Cayman has always occupied an unusual position in the Porsche lineup. The lighter weight, mid-engined layout, and shapely styling make it very appealing as a sports car, but it often seems Porsche has not allowed this model to fully bloom due to the desire to keep it slotted below the 911.
That may be changing with the announcement of the new Cayman GT4. At 385 hp, it is a substantial 45 hp jump over the current Cayman GTS, and even a 35 hp jump over the base 911. The 3.8 liter flat-six engine is a slightly detuned version of the one in the Carrera S, and propels the car from 0 to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds, with a top speed of 183 mph.
The chassis is primarily sourced from the 911 GT3, and offers a 30 mm body drop compared to the current Cayman. It also allows for a larger brake system, with an available option of PCCB, or Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes. Other options include lightweight shell seats made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic, a Club Sport package, and a custom Sport Chrono Package with Track Precision app.
The design includes expanded front inlets and a large fixed rear wing.
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|Engine||3.8 liter flat-6||Weight||--|
|HP/Liter||101.3 hp per liter||1/4 mile||--|
|0-62 mph||4.4 seconds||Top Speed||183 mph|
Stuttgart. The new member of the Porsche GT family is the Cayman GT4. This is the first time Porsche is introducing a GT sports car based on the Cayman which has components of the 911 GT3. A lap time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring positions the Cayman GT4 as the new benchmark at the top of its market segment. It also makes a clear statement that Porsche will continue to promote radical two-door sports cars in the future – sports cars that 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 top model still retains the versatility and everyday utility that are typical of the two-seat Porsche coupe. It is powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six engine with 385 hp (283 kW), which is derived from the 911 Carrera S engine. Its power is always transmitted by a six-speed manual gearbox with dynamic gearbox mounts. The Cayman GT4 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds; its top speed is 295 km/h. The car's NEDC fuel consumption is 10.3 l/100 km. The chassis – which features a 30 mm lower body position and a generously sized brake system – consists nearly entirely of components from the 911 GT3.
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.
Technical aspects of the new GT sports car are based on the 911 GT3. As a mid-engine sports car and a prime example of driving dynamics in its class – 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 race track and thereby the sporty core of the brand: Intelligent Performance. Four out of five drivers of Porsche sports cars with this classification also use them on the race track.
The Cayman GT4 celebrates its world premiere in early March at the Geneva International Motor Show. It can already be ordered now, and it will arrive at dealers at the end of March. In Germany, the price of the Cayman GT4 is 85,779 euros including VAT and country-specific features.