Are we going to get a six-cylinder mid-engine Porsche again?

Some time ago, a very interesting Porsche Cayman was spotted out testing. Remember the photos at the end of October of what we believed was the Cayman T prototype? Now with the four-cylinder Cayman T and Boxter T revealed we know that that was not the case and that it was something else instead. This begs the question, is Porsche working on a Cayman GT4 Touring?

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The car in question had the exhaust of the Cayman GT4 and now the latest intel from Stuttgart tells us that Porsche might be working on a Touring version of the upcoming Cayman GT4. Other rumors also suggest that Porsche is working on a six-cylinder version of both the Boxster and Cayman to be slotted between the GTS and Spyder/GT4 models.

With the sales success of the 911 GT3 Touring, Porsche might try and pull the same stunt with the Cayman GT4, thus establishing a new trend of making more street-friendly versions of their track-focused models.

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We remember this Cayman prototype to be louder than the regular GTS and at the same time there was also a louder Boxster prototype with a slightly miss-fitting exhaust that was testing, so the rumors could be true.

A six-cylinder version under the Spyder / GT4 is what all the fans want again since the sales of the four-cylinder 718 versions are not really what Porsche was hoping for.

More recent information confirms that there is a sportier Cayman in the making, as the same vehicle was spotted testing together with a Boxster, in Sweden. And yes, it was definitely the sound of a six-cylinder engine.

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It’s true that the majority of fans frowned upon the downsizing of the 718’s engine lineup, which is probably why Porsche is taking its time to give us the next 718 with a flat-six. If they don’t get this right, they might risk losing positions on what has become an increasingly competitive sports car segment.

If we look back at the 911 GT3 Touring, it came out with the 911 facelift in 2018. At the same time, the GT3 Touring develops 500 horsepower, which is on par with the pre-facelift 991 GT3 RS. It is possible that Porsche will introduce the Cayman GT4 Touring around the same time it gives us a refreshed, probably more powerful, Cayman GT4, so the Touring version can be positioned under it, in terms of performance.

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The current 718 Cayman GT4, which came out in 2019, is powered by a 4.0-liter normally-aspirated flat-six, producing 420 horsepower and 310 pound-feet (420 Nm), which allows for a sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 189 mph (304 km/h).

Porsche Cayman GT4 specifications
Engine layout Mid-engine
Design and cylinders Naturally aspirated boxer 6
Bore 102.0 mm
Stroke 81.5 mm
Displacement 4.0 l
Max. power 420 hp
Max. power at rpm 7,600 rpm
Max. engine speed 8,000 rpm
Max. torque 310 lb-ft
Max. torque at rpm 5,000 - 6,800 rpm
Compression ratio 13 : 1
Max. power per liter 103.5 hp/l
Power-to-weight ratio 7.8 lb/hp
Cooling Water-cooled
Top track speed 189 mph
0 - 60 mph 3.9 s
Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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