For years, many enthusiasts across the globe have loved the Porsche Cayman, but have felt that Porsche held it back performance-wise in order to keep it below the 911 in their lineup. Finally, I'm happy to say, Porsche have revealed a Cayman with incredible potential. The new GT4, with its bigger engine, improved aerodynamics, revised suspension and manual transmission, is by far the most capable and track-ready Cayman in Porsche's history.
Rather than the 3.4 liter engine found throughout the rest of the Cayman lineup, the Porsche engineers managed to cram the 3.8 liter flat-six from the 911 Carrera S into the GT4's engine bay. The engine is capable of 385 horsepower, making the GT4 the most powerful Cayman ever, stealing the title of last year's Cayman GTS. This engine's power is delivered to the only logical place, the rear wheels, through a six-speed manual transmission. In other words, if you're looking to buy a GT4, you better know a thing or two about changing the gears for yourself, as Porsche's fantastic PDK transmission is not even an option. Enthusiasts rejoice! In terms of performance figures, 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 183 miles per hour is all we know for now.
Besides its increased power, the Cayman GT4's increased performance is due to some serious hardware upgrades. The GT4's revised, and lowered, suspension comes courtesy of the 911 GT3, as do its fantastic brakes. As you can probably tell, there's also a huge rear wing determined to deliver downforce and keep the car planted on the track. Adding to the list of performance-aiding goodies, there's an intelligent torque vectoring system, a mechanical LSD, and a sports exhaust that'll undoubtedly produce a pleasant noise. For the serious track drivers, carbon ceramic brakes are offered as an option.
All-in, Porsche is offering an incredible, analogue sports car for a base price around $85,000, which seems like a bargain to me. The Cayman has finally received the GT treatment it deserved, turning an already-fantastic sports car into what could be one of the most rewarding cars money can buy. Its combination of looks, performance, and value for money (when compared to pretty much anything in the 911 range) make the Cayman GT4 extremely desirable in my eyes. Now all I need to do is figure out how to get a yellow one delivered to my house...