It’s been less than a month since Porsche introduced the Cayman GTS at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in China, and word has it the Germans are working on yet another version of the sports car. Created to narrow the gap between the Cayman and the 911 even further, the GTS will lose its range-topping status in a couple of years if we’re to believe a recent report from Motor Trend.
Specifically, Porsche is supposedly working on a more powerful Cayman that’s likely to be launched under the GT4 moniker. The source claims the sports car is in for a hybrid powertrain, but whether the conventional engine will pump power using four or six cylinder depends on Porsche’s success with the 919 race car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this summer.
If the 919 gets on its feet by June (the new vehicle struggled in the first two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championships) then the Cayman GT4 will receive a turbo four-cylinder plug-in hybrid drivetrain similar to that fitted into the race car. If the 919 continues to struggle and fails to make a positive impression at Le Mans, Porsche is likely to opt for a flat-six unit, but without giving up on hybrid assist.
Obviously, there’s no word on how many horses might come out of each powerplant, but it’s safe to assume the Cayman GT4 will have around 400 horsepower at its disposal. Power will be transferred to the wheels via a transmission based on the PDK unit offered in the 911 GT3 , Motor Trend adds, without providing further details.
How much will this baby cost? Well, it appears pricing could stand around $125,000, nearly $50,000 more than the 2015 Cayman GTS and only $5,000 less when compared to the 911 GT3. Quite expensive if you ask us, but make sure you take all the details with a grain of salt until further info surfaces.
Updated 07/03/2014: British magazine CARreports that the future Cayman GT4 will deliver as much as 450 horsepower from its heavily tuned 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, boxer-six engine.
Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Cayman GT4.
Updated 5/13/2014: Our spy photographers just caught the Cayman GT4 (unconfirmed name) out testing for the first time. See the image after the jump.
Updated 05/15/2014: We’ve prepared a very cool rendering for you in the form of our vision of the future Porsche GT4 — or whatever it is Porsche decides to name its Cayman-based monster! As you can see, the image includes numerous updates, but you’ll have to click past the jump to learn more about them.
When compared to a base Cayman, our GT4 rendering adds numerous styling updates, including a huge rear wing, new side skirts, front lip spoiler, smoked headlamps, larger front air intakes with 911 GT3 RS-style air outlet in the nose, slightly redesigned rear view mirror, lowered body and of course the obligatory GT4 decals.
For comparison’s sake, I added in a picture of the 911 GT3 RS above.
June 11, 2014 - Porsche Cayman GT4 testing at Nurburgring
May 13, 2014 - First Testing Session
Rumors are running crazy, but the latest ones claim that the Cayman GT4 will carry a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, boxer-six engine that pumps out 450 horsepower. That’s a whole lot of ponies for the tiny Cayman, but this rumor is still unconfirmed as of 7/3/2014.
The Internet is also abuzz with rumors that the Cayman GT4 will be the first-ever Porsche with a turbocharged, boxer-four engine. This would be a huge deal if it proves to be true, but our B.S. shields are up.
More suited to take on the Cayman GTS, the Nissan 370Z Nismo could grow to compete against the rumored GT4 if the Japanese find a way to squeeze more power out of that 3.7-liter V-6 unit. Or maybe come up with a brand new engine over the next years.
Anyway, the current 370Z Nismo comes with 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque on tap, which translate into a 0 to 60 mph sprint of five seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. The sports car can only be ordered with a six-speed manual that features the company’s SynchroRev Match system that controls and adjusts engine speed.
Priced from $44,110, the Nismo is a bargain even when compared to the Cayman GTS, but the 370Z lacks both the exterior design and the luxury amenities found in the Porsche. Not to mention that the Nissan provides an inferior driving experience and misses the heritage customers get when buying the German.
Unveiled earlier this year, the 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS will arrive in U.S. dealerships with a more aggressive front fascia and a 3.4-liter inline-six engine behind the seats. The unit will deliver 340 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, pushing the GTS from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds with a PDK and 4.6 seconds with a six-speed manual transmission.