It seems that the 2020 Porsche Cayman GT4 would be perfect with a gearbox upgrade

Porsche revised the range-topping Cayman GT4 for the 2020 model year with notable performance upgrades. Although the entire Cayman range switched to turbocharged flat-four engines, Porsche kept a flat-six in the GT4. Not only that, but it also replaced the previous 3.8-liter unit with the 4.0-liter flat-six from the 911 GT3.

This engine cranks out an extra 34 horsepower and increases top speed close to 190 mph. Some say that the latest Cayman GT4 is better than the Porsche 911 and Matt Farah seems to agree in his review of the sports car. However, Farah also believes that the Cayman GT4 needs one specific aftermarket upgrade to be perfect.

Matt Farah Exposes The One Thing Wrong With the 2020 Porsche Cayman GT4
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Farah is known as a manual gearbox enthusiast. He’s the kind of guy you can’t get into an automatic car, no matter the brand. He’s so hooked on three-pedal layout that he tattooed the words "gas" and "clutch" on his legs. So it’s not exactly surprising that he has a problem with the car’s long gear ratios.

Farah argues that he can’t access peak torque in second gear at a reasonable speed, while also having to go "obscenely fast to get to the top of third gear." He obviously likes everything about the car, but thinks that "it’s not as good as it could be."

Matt Farah Exposes The One Thing Wrong With the 2020 Porsche Cayman GT4
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Bottom line, he recommends the aftermarket short-ratio gearbox upgrade as the only modification the Cayman GT4 really needs.

And it’s hot just Farah. It seems that some owners have been complaining about the long gears since 981-series model days, so you can find a handful of companies that offer this gearbox upgrade.

Check out Farah’s entire review below. He seems quite happy with that the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 is capable of.


The 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 is a 414-horsepower track beast

Matt Farah Exposes The One Thing Wrong With the 2020 Porsche Cayman GT4
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Unveiled for the 2020 model year, the 718 Cayman GT4 ditched the old 3.8-liter flat-six for a bigger 4.0-liter unit. The new engine cranks out 414 horsepower, 34 horses more than the old model, while torque remains similar.

The GT4’s 0 to 60 mph sprint also remains unchanged at 4.2 seconds, but top speed jumps from 183 to 188 mph. The engine mates to a six-speed manual transmission with an Auto Blip function that automatically matches gearbox and engine speed during a downshift.

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The Cayman GT4 also comes with an active suspension system with adaptive dampers, a mechanical limited-slip differential, and a front axle and brakes from the previous-generation Porsche 911 GT3.

The Cayman GT4 retails from $99,200, which makes it some $8,000 more expensive than the base Porsche 911 Carrera.

Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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