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Still just a rumor and hearsay, but all signs are pointing toward a Cayman-based Porsche GT4 hitting the market in 2017. Rumors claim that this model will carry a boosted four-cylinder with plug-in hybrid technology, Some Porsche faithful fear that this may cannibalize the 911, but keep in mind that the mid-engined Cayman drives far differently than the rear-engined 911, and that Porsche still has a 700-plus-horsepower, plug-in-hybrid version of the 911 on its design schedule.

Porsche GT4 Generations:

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Exterior
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Porsche has oficially unveiled the 385-horsepower Cayman GT4, see it at TopSpeed.com.
  • Porsche Cayman GT4
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Transmission:
    Six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    385
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    183 mph
  • Price:
    84600
  • car segment:
  • body style:

A more affordable, mid-engined proposition to the 911 GT3

The second-generation Porsche Cayman was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and released as a 2014 model in the spring of 2013. Although redesigned from the ground up, the new mid-engined coupe remained recognizable as a Cayman and as a Porsche sports car in general. The interior also received new features and updated tech, while both the 2.7-liter and 3.4-liter flat-six engines were revised. A facelift unveiled in 2016 brought new turbocharged, flat-four powerplants and a name change that revived the classic 718 name.

Equally important is that the second-generation Cayman spawned the GT4, the first track prepped version of the mid-engined coupe and a proper equivalent to the already iconic 911 GT3.

Attention performance purists: your savior from Stuttgart has arrived. Porsche just unveiled the latest member of its GT family, officially inducting the Cayman into that illustrious batch of performance vehicles distilled to offer the most essential of driving characteristics. Unsurprisingly, this feat is accomplished with components pulled from the track-bruising 911 GT3, following the mid-engine sports-car formula perfected by cars like the 904 GTS, 911 GT1, Carrera GT, and 2014 918 Spyder.

Those are tough acts to follow, but the Cayman GT4 is no slouch. Porsche is claiming a lap around the North Loop of the Nürburgring in seven minutes and 40 seconds, placing it alongside the 2011 911 GT3 around the iconic German racetrack.

However, despite such a blistering pace, Porsche says it developed the engine, chassis, brakes, and aero to perform without hindering the overall utility expected of a two-seater sports coupe. That means this weapon of velocity should be somewhat drivable on surfaces without rumble strips and apex markers.

The rumor mill predicted everything from a turbocharged four-cylinder to a hybrid drivetrain for the Cayman GT4, but such complications remain mere hearsay. Read on to learn more about this latest mid-engine monster.

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