Porsche as thus far refused to comment on it, but we now know that the German sports car maker has been given a trademark for the GT5 name. And since there is no official word, that means we get to engage in our favorite gearhead hobby: wild speculation. This seems like it should be a pretty straightforward thing to figure out. Porsche said recently that there will be no GT version of the Panamera, or of any SUV. Moreover, Porsche has a strict brand hierarchy, and since the Boxster slots in under the Cayman and 911, a Boxster GT5 should slot in below the Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3 in the exact same way.
But it might not be that simple. The GT4 and GT3 aren’t arbitrary names; they correspond with FIA classifications for GT racing. There is no FIA GT5, so the moniker won’t correspond with anything, and therefore won’t be locked to any specific sort of car. So even though we’ve been told there won’t be a Panamera GT, there is still the possibility of a Pajun GT5. Or even, unusual as the naming structure would be for Porsche, a 918 GT5.
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The Cayman GT4 may have been released a couple of months ago as the most powerful and most track-focused Cayman yet, but that doesn’t mean Porsche is done with this new nameplate. And we have this new video from the Monza track as proof that Stuttgart is already working on what appears to be a race-spec version of the GT4. Don’t let the standard bodywork fool you here. Take a closer look and you’ll notice the winged Cayman is equipped with not just a roll cage, but with a set of racing slick tires too. So what are we looking at here? Could it be the GT4 RS, a slightly lighter and maybe more powerful version of the already amazing GT4? Nope, I’m certain this mid-engine sports car is actually a track-only Cayman set to become the company’s entry-level race car.
Rumors of a Porsche produced to fit the FIA’s GT4 regulations surfaced in 2014, when Porsche Motorsport boss Hartmut Kristen said Stuttgart is considering a race car that would slot below its existing range of GTE, GT3 and one-make Cup racers, all based on the 911. Kristen insisted the car would have to be "more affordable, less sophisticated and probably more fun." Now that the road-going Cayman GT4 arrived as a more affordable and definitely more fun (read: manual transmission) version of the 911 GT3, it’s safe to assume the vehicle shown above is actually a race-spec, mid-engined racer. Hit the play button to watch it in action.
Already off to a great start in 2015, following the introduction of the 911 GT3 RS and the Cayman GT4, Porsche just released a short promo in order to build more hype around its new sports cars. The video begins with the two vehicles being put through their paces on a twisty road, but the footage quickly moves onto the race track, where the GT3 RS and the GT4 battle for supremacy under full throttle. In short, Porsche is simply bragging about having two new track-focused sports cars on their way to dealerships and asks viewers which one would they prefer. Make sure you watch the video above and then drop me a line about which of the two you would prefer in the comments box below.
To make things fair I’ll go first and pick the Cayman GT4. Why? It’s quite simple. As much as I love 911s in general and the GT3 in particular, I also love to row my own gears. As you’re probably aware, the GT3 RS is a PDK-exclusive machine, and that’s exactly what makes it less appealing for me. The Cayman GT4, on the other hand, is equipped with a six-speed manual that makes driving it a much more engaging experience, especially on a twisty race track. Problem is I can’t afford it just yet, so if any of you has some $90K to spare I’d be more than happy to take it off your hands.
And do you imagine that it’s coincidence that the 911 passes the
Cayman but not vice versa? Uh-huh. I think the Cayman driver just didn’t want to lose his job.
Even though the 911 GT3 RS probably stole some of its glory at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Cayman GT4 remains one of the coolest road cars that Porsche will launch this year. Multiple rally champion and former Porsche test driver Walter Röhrl certainly thinks so, which is probably why he is now the biggest brand ambassador for Porsche. Röhrl recently had a yellow Cayman GT4 at his disposal, and the resulting video of his road and track adventure is obviously promotional in nature, but it’s still fun to watch.
The track footage seems to have been taken on the Portimao circuit in Portugal, while the road-driving scenes were probably shot in the surrounding hills. Since this is a promo video, you shouldn’t expect too much Chris Harris-like hooning, although Röhrl does get the GT4 sideways a few times. His main opinion about the model is obviously positive; that it is a real track weapon when you want it to be, yet is civilized on the road.
As some of you know, the GT4 is the most powerful production Cayman ever, its 3.8-liter flat-six a detuned version of the 911 Carrera S engine. The 385 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque are transmitted via a six-speed manual to the rear wheels, and 0-62 mph takes just 4.4 seconds. Of course, the Cayman GT4 is more about having fun on the twisties than on a drag strip, and Walter Röhrl certainly seems to agree.
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.
With some of you warming to the thought that Porsche may have already started work on an even hotter version of the Cayman GT4, I find it is my duty to inform you that a GT4 RS may be a long time coming. Andreas Preuninger, the head of GT cars at Porsche, delivered the bad news.
Speaking with Car and Driver at the Cayman GT4 international press launch, Preuninger didn’t exactly deny the viability of an even more hardcore version for the fastest Cayman, but didn’t acknowledge it either. "Look back to 1999 when we had the first GT3, and we didn’t think of an RS back then either," he said. "So I wouldn’t rule it out 100 percent. Never say never. But it’s not at the point where we have even discussed such a thing, and we have a huge number of other projects that we are considering. We have to give the right attention for every project, we can’t just say ‘let’s do it’ without considering the people we have, the resources we have. We can’t do everything, even when people tell us to."
A lighter and more powerful Cayman GT4 RS would make the car more track-focused, to the point that it would probably eat a more expensive 911 GT3 for breakfast on a circuit. Then again, this wouldn’t be the first time Porsche has built cars that cannibalize each other in sales.
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A few years ago, not many people would have guessed that Porsche would introduce a GT, high-performance model with a manual transmission. I say this because even cars like the 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS are only available with a seven-speed, PDK, dual-clutch gearbox nowadays. But the 2016 Cayman GT4 is not only the most powerful production Cayman, but it’s only available with a six-speed, manual transmission and a mechanical limited-slip differential.
Chris Harris was lucky enough to get behind the driver’s seat of the Cayman GT4 on the Portimao circuit, and his video reveals exactly what you’d expect: the latest Porsche sports car is pure, unadulterated fun on wheels. The biggest difference compared to the next-best thing in the Cayman range, the GTS, is a new suspension. The front suspension has been taken straight out of the GT3 and modified to fit on the smaller Cayman, and the rear is exclusive to the GT4.
Developed specifically to be let loose on a circuit, the GT4 Cayman is equipped with a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that delivers 385 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. These numbers translate into a 0 to 62 mph acceleration of 4.4 seconds, and a top speed of 183. Unfortunately, of the 2,500 units or so that are to be manufactured, almost all have been spoken for.
It’s been only a month since Porsche launched the Cayman GT4, the most powerful and track-focused Cayman to date, and Stuttgart is already considering a more-aggressive version with an RS badge. That’s the word coming from Porsche Motorsport chief Andreas Preuninger, who said the brand would build a Cayman GT4 RS should customers ask for one.
"This is just the beginning of the era. I would be interested in doing a Cayman GT4 RS version, but at the moment we didn’t even talk about such a thing. If the customers call for something like this we could think about it," Preuninger told journalists at the Geneva Motor Show, according to Evo.
Needless to say, if customer demand is all it takes for the GT4 RS to become reality, Porsche might as well go ahead and build one. "We underestimated the success of the Cayman GT4, which shows that we were right with the concept. In England, within three days, two years of cars were sold. It happened in Sweden, it happened in Germany…everywhere," Preuninger added.
With the GT4 already a hit, it’s only a matter of time until Porsche enthusiasts will start asking for a more-powerful version. It would also make sense for the Cayman to benefit from the same lineage as the high-performance 911, which would include a range-topping RS version.
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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.
Now in its second generation, the 2015 Porsche Cayman is still the entry-level, fixed-roof model in the Porsche lineup, but that will probably never stop certain journalists from wondering if it has become a better car than its big brother, the almighty 911. With the model now also getting a speedier GTS variant, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman set out to find out if the most powerful production Cayman ever is finally posting a real threat to the base 911 Carrera, or if it is simply yet another mid-engine coupe neutered just enough to not step on its big brother’s toes. Spoiler alert - he doesn’t find anything of the kind.
Unveiled in 2014, the GTS is powered by an improved version of the 3.4-liter flat-six found in the regular Cayman S, which develops a reasonable output of 340 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Those are not exactly massive improvements compared to the 325 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque developed by the Cayman S, but any more than that and the GTS could have easily run circles around the heavier and only slightly more powerful 911 Carrera.
Despite being kept on a tighter leash than it probably deserves – at least in terms of engine power - it seems that the Cayman GTS is truly a fantastic piece of kit and a more than worthy indirect successor to the Cayman R from the first generation. Despite appearing to be fitted with the less-efficient six-speed manual instead of the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, it managed to outhandle every other Porsche that Motor Trend has ever tested on the figure-eight – minus the hardcore 911 GT3 and 911 Turbo S models, naturally. Even so, in the end there can’t really be a true answer to the question that Lieberman asks in the beginning of the review, as both the Cayman GTS and the base 911 Carrera are awesome sports cars in their own right.
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It’s been only 24 hours since Porsche teased the 2017 Cayman GT4 in an update for the smartphone/tablet racing game Real Racing 3, and the German manufacturer provided us with yet another glimpse of track-focused sports car. This time around, however, the teaser was cleverly "hidden" in a two-minute video showcasing how classic 911s are being restored by the experts of the Porsche Museum Workshop. The GT4 makes its subtle appearance 11 seconds into the video, as a Museum Workshop employee drives an early 911 Targa through the institution’s underground parking area. Stationed between a Boxster and a regular Cayman, the yellow GT4 appears briefly in two frames, showcasing its 911 GT3-like, fixed rear wing.
It is still unclear whether or not Porsche intended to tease the GT4 in this video, but judging by how the camera is positioned as the 911 Targa turns right while passing the semi camouflaged Boxsters and Caymans, I’d dare say it’s rather intentional.
This is our best look yet at the Cayman GT4, which appears as if it just rolled off the assembly line. It is also the first GT4 to show its rear end and wing in their full splendor, as well as the first example to sport an exterior paint different than the basic black seen on the test cars.
Although the footage isn’t very revealing, it is a strong indication that the GT4 is actually ready to hit auto show stands. The big reveal is likely to take place at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March, but the GT4 is also expected to break cover in a couple of weeks in Real Racing 3, a game that promises an "exclusive worldwide reveal" in its latest update. The announcement is accompanied by a teaser shot showing the headlamps and front end of a yellow Porsche Cayman.
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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.
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