Porsche Cayman GT4 Teased in Real Racing 3
Like most of you here, I enjoy some daily racing action on various platforms, the latest of which being EA’s Real Racing 3 for Android. Unlike most PC and console games, I find it rather easy to follow and play during the busiest of days. For those of you not familiar with the game, it features 105 cars and 12 tracks as of January 2015. New features are added by way of monthly updates, and this month’s upgrade was arguably the most surprising yet. As I opened my Nexus 7 to do a couple of laps around Laguna Seca in the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, I found myself staring at EA’s newest update, which included a teaser for the upcoming 2017 Porsche Cayman GT4.
While the image itself isn’t very revealing, depicting only part of the sports car’s front end, the description that comes with it suggests Porsche will use the game to unveil the GT4, allowing Real Racing 3 to make its first-ever exclusive reveal. "Participate in the unveiling of a stunning new sports car. Take it on a global press tour, then take one home!," the update says, hinting the Cayman GT4 is already rendered for RR3, with gamers to drive it on RR3’s virtual tracks as soon as the vehicle breaks cover. The "take one home" part obviously refers to having the chance of earning a virtual version of the car for free after completing a series of in-game events.
"Exclusive Worldwide Reveal. A prestigious manufacturer is about to announce a new vehicle... Be the first to take the wheel!," the update goes on to mention, confirming the teaser showcases a global debut. Unless Porsche was secretly working on another Cayman, what we’re looking at is indeed the track-focused GT4.
Unfortunately, there is no word on when the big unveil will take place, but judging by EA’s previous updates for RR3, I expect the in-game GT4 challenge to commence sometime next month. As for the actual car, it could pop up simultaneously with the RR3 reveal, possibly at the Chicago Auto Show in a few weeks, or later at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Either way, keep it locked here for updates. Should the GT4 arrive in RR3 only at first, we’ll be back with a batch of in-game screenshots.
Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Cayman GT4.
Why it matters
As the first track-focused version of the Cayman, the GT4 is arguably one of the most important sports cars Porsche has developed recently. Essentially a 911 GT3 update for the smaller, mid-engine Cayman, the GT4 takes the latter into a territory previously reserved for the iconic 911. With the GT4, Porsche will finally allow the Cayman to achieve its full potential after keeping it in the shadow of the 911 since its inception a decade ago. The fact that Porsche chose Real Racing 3 for the reveal — with so many racing games around these days — is awkward to say the least, but it says a lot about the GT4 as a more affordable, track-focused sports car aimed at a larger crowd of enthusiasts.
Although Porsche has been tight-lipped about the upcoming track-focused Cayman, the GT4 will arrive as the most powerful, track-focused Cayman ever built. Visual updates include a more aggressive nose with larger intakes, a rear diffuser and a massive wing, while the interior will focus more on safety and functionality rather than luxury.
The GT4’s engine is still a mystery, with both an upgraded version of the 3.4-liter or a detuned variant of the 911 S’ 3.8-liter in the rumor mill. What we do know for a fact, however, is that the mill will crank out at least 400 ponies, a hefty improvement over the Cayman GTS’ 340-horsepower rating.