A few days ago, Porsche revealed what thousands of Cayman fans have been waiting for since the first generation reached showrooms: a thoroughbred sports version. The Porsche Cayman GT4 is in theory a smaller brother to the 911 GT3 and the mighty 911 GT2 from a few years back, but it is also in some ways the only purist driver’s model in the entire current Porsche lineup.
Unlike the latest 911 GT3, which only comes equipped with a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, the new Cayman GT4 will be available with a six-speed manual exclusively, something which will likely bring joy to driving enthusiasts around the world. Powered by a version of the same 3.8-liter flat-six found in the 911 Carrera S, the new model delivers 385 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, more than enough to send it from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
Sporting an all-new body kit that is not unlike the one from the 911 GT3 from some angles, plus a giant wing that doesn’t quite look out of place on a model like this, the new Cayman GT4 is all go but is not afraid to show it either. Since its high-revving six-cylinder Boxer engine is naturally aspirated and features a free-flow exhaust it sounds like an old-school Porsche race car, which is bound to thrill its owners with every gear change. In case you haven’t fallen in love with the car yet, you might want to hit the play button for the video above, where EVO’s Jethro Bovingdon chats about the Cayman GT4’s development with the head of GT cars at Porsche, Andreas Preuninger.