This is the first time Porsche has introduced such a focused GT model based on the mid-engined Cayman.
Sharing components and genetic spirit with the iconic 911 GT3, a lap time of 7 min 40 sec around the Nürburgring Nordschleife places the Cayman GT4 emphatically 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 now and in the future – sports cars that are developed at the company’s 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 a Porsche.
The Cayman GT4 is powered by a mid-mounted, 3.8-litre flat-six engine with 385 hp (283 kW) produced at 7,400 rpm, which is derived from the 911 Carrera S engine.
Its power is transmitted by a standard six-speed manual gearbox with dynamic gearbox mounts – there is no PDK transmission option. This translates in to acceleration from zero to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds; top speed is 183 mph. The car’s NEDC fuel consumption is 27.4 mpg, equivalent to 238 g/km CO2.
The body is lowered by 30 mm versus the standard Cayman, and features a purposefully-proportioned brake system. Furthermore, the chassis has been comprehensively fine-tuned with many components shared with the 911 GT3.
The Cayman GT4 goes on sale in Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland today priced from £64,451 and deliveries begin in the summer.