Spy Shots: Porsche Cayman GT4 Caught Free Of Camouflage
Another day, another set of spy shots of Porsche’s still technically unconfirmed 2017 Cayman GT4. Over the last few months we have captured dozens of photos of this incredible car running around, and thanks to a goof on Porsche’s website, we even know that the car will actually carry the GT4 name. Now we have another trio shots that show the car completely undisguised, but this time the car is wearing what should be the production wing, as well as factory wheels. Previous cars have worn a more functional, but less traditional wing that was likely used for simple aerodynamics testing coupled with plain black rolling stock.
The car looks exactly as we expected it to, and quick comparison against our initial rendering shows that we basically nailed it in most every detail. Obviously, these photos still don’t provide us with any more confirmed details, but it does add some fuel to the fire that this car will in fact be unveiled in just a few days at the Detroit Auto Show. I see no reason why a car this complete won’t make a debut as soon as possible.
When it does arrive expect it to be the fastest Cayman ever created, and it should be the first Cayman that is faster than a new 911. This car represents a huge shift in the way Porsche creates its car lineup, and it’s very exciting. We expect a modified version of the engine from the Cayman S that is pushed to more than 375 horsepower, a whole host of weight saving improvements, and a tighter more aggressive suspension setup.
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Why it matters
The Porsche Cayman GT4 will be the fastest Cayman the German company has ever produced. It is expected to be a lighter and less hard-core track car than the 911 GT3. I expect improved horsepower, reduced weight, tighter suspension, and the availability of a manual transmission. This would make the GT4 the only manual transmission, track-ready car from Porsche as the new 911 GT3 comes exclusively with the PDK.
Porsche has specifically held back the speed and ability of the Cayman to prevent it from cannibalizing sales of the legendary 911. The shift represented by the Cayman GT4 opens up the possibility of better and faster versions of various Porsche models without the need to worry about where it fits against the 911.