Although a more-powerful and track-ready Cayman version had been expected since Porsche started testing pre-production models in 2014, the GT4 took most people by surprise. After hardcore models like the 911 GT3 and now the 911 GT RS switched to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission exclusively, not too many enthusiasts were expecting the Cayman GT4 to come with a manual, but it did.

Not only that, but the new entry-level GT model pushes the boundaries in other ways as well, with its 3.8-liter flat-six making it more powerful than a 911 for the first time. Essentially a detuned version of the same 3.8-liter from the 911 Carrera S, the Cayman GT4’s powerplant delivers 385 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel the model from naught to 62 mph in a reasonable 4.4 seconds using the six-speed manual gearbox.

Autocar’s Matt Prior recently had the chance to attend the GT4’s international media launch, which also included some track time on the Portimao circuit with Walter Röhrl in a lead car. The resulting review has its up and downs, with the first 2:30 minutes or so being almost incomprehensible likely because of some problems with the audio equipment. The on-circuit part is delicious to watch, but Prior’s monotonous explanations will probably make you want to mute the video. The best part is that there is virtually no music, so the flat-six howl and tire shrieks kind of make up for all the negatives.

Porsche Cayman GT4

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 High Resolution Exterior
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