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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Cayman GT4.

  • 2016 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:

Rendering

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It looks as though our rendering pretty much nailed it. While drafting up a possible Porsche design isn’t exactly guesswork, all the requisite changes are present and accounted for, including the addition of the large rear spoiler, changes to the front bumper, and the new ride height. Sure, there aren’t decals, but who cares about stickers?

Exterior

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Porsche made sure to make the Cayman GT4 stand out next to its non-GT siblings. The most obvious addition hangs off the rear end as an enormous fixed GT wing. There are also larger air inlets and a chin spoiler added to the front bumper. These alterations combine to increase total downforce across the whole of the Cayman body, an important feature when blitzing the ‘Ring. The ride height is dropped 1.2 inches as well, giving those low-profile tires a nice, snug wheel well to hug.

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While the wing is a bit dramatic, the rest of the design doesn’t deviate too sharply from the original Cayman exterior, which should be expected from a company like Porsche. This is a car that’s beefed up, not torn down and rebuilt.

Exterior Specs

Length 174.7 inches
Width 78.5 inches
Width (mirrors folded) 70.9 inches
Height 49.9 inches
Wheelbase 97.8 inches

Interior

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In the cockpit of the Cayman GT4, you’ll find standard features like sport seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara, which should offer great support during heavy lateral acceleration. There’s also a small sport steering wheel.

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Options include a few goodies specifically tailored for those who own crash helmets, like racing bucket seats composed of pure carbon fiber. There also the ubiquitous Sport Chrono Package, which on past Porsches included a performance display, both digital and analogue, and a go-faster “Sport Plus” button that stiffens suspension, sharpens throttle response, quickens steering, and includes several other useful racing features. Porsche throws in its “Track Precision App” to help gather data from the inevitable circuit outings.

Drivetrain

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Pulling inspiration from the 911 Carrera S, the Cayman GT4 uses a naturally aspirated, 3.8-liter flat-six to produce 385 horsepower, pouring it all into a standard six-speed manual transmission equipped with dynamic gearbox mounts. Let me repeat that just so it’s crystal clear: the Cayman GT4 comes with a six-speed manual without an optional automatic, which is exactly as it should be. Time to give that left leg a workout.

Porsche says the chassis “consists almost entirely of components from the 911 GT3”, which is probably a good thing, seeing as this two-door can hit 60 mph from a standstill in only 4.2 seconds. Top speed is rated at 183 mph.

Drivetrain Specs

Engine Size 3.8-Liter Flat-Six
Horsepower 385 @ 7,400 RPM
City Fuel Economy 18 MPG
Highway Fuel Economy 23 MPG
0-to-60 MPH 4.2 Seconds
Top Speed 183 MPH
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The suspension has been lowered over an inch, and stopping power is available from optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system.

Combining more power, better handling, harder stops, and improved aerodynamics makes this Cayman more than worthy of the GT nomenclature. The fact that it comes with three pedals and no paddles is just icing on the cake.

Prices

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The base model Cayman is $52,600, which isn’t a bad deal, but you’d be silly to not save those pennies a bit longer to spring for the faster version. The new Cayman GT4 starts at $84,600, which doesn’t include a $995 destination charge. That’s a lot for a two-door sports coupe, but given the cornucopia of performance improvements, I think it’s worth the extra $32,000. Models are expected to arrive at U.S. dealers in July of this year.

Competitors

Lotus Evora S

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Lotus has been struggling a bit in the past few years, but that isn’t stopping the marque from putting out fantastic sports cars. The new Evora looks to maintain that simplistic, go-faster mentality with the possibility of a revised version of its supercharged 3.5-liter Toyota V-6, which currently churns out 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

The rest of the drivetrain includes a six-speed manual (and an optional six-speed automatic), and the interior is cleanly laid out with leather, aluminum, and an optional 2+2 configuration.

With a 0-to-60 of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 178 mph, the Lotus mimics the performance of the Porsche, but for a bit less cash. For anyone looking for a fun two-door sports coupe with a bit more civility than the GT4, this might be the right choice.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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While it may be much larger and more cumbersome than the Porsche, this ‘Vette will (unsurprisingly) smoke it down the 1,320 with 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque from a 6.2-liter V-8 monster motor. Such figures imbue this bowtie with a 0-to-60 of three seconds flat, plus a top speed quickly approaching 200 mph.

It’s also one of the best handling Corvettes ever made. With an electronic differential, huge carbon brakes, and sticky Michelin tires, this thing will give the Porsche a run for its money, provided a track with enough space between the corners. And for $80,000, it’s the bargain of the century. In fact, we love the Z06 so much we named it our 2014 Performance Car of the Year.

Conclusion

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The cloth has dropped on the Cayman GT4, and Porsche plans on taking it to the Geneva International Motor Show for a world premiere in early March. It’s much more expensive than the base Cayman, but for very good reasons. Every aspect of the car has been massaged to render more performance. It takes Stuttgart’s extensive corner-slicing know-how and puts it on display, with a large wing and seven minute, 40 second Nürburgring lap. It may cost a pretty penny, but anyone trying to find that classic German sports-car refinement need look nowhere else.

  • Leave it
    • * Expensive
    • * Incredibly competitive segment

Spy Shots

January 27, 2014 - Porsche Cayman GT4 teased in Real Racing 3

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January 5, 2015 - Porsche Cayman GT4 Caught Free Of Camouflage

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November 17, 2014 - Porsche Cayman GT4 caught testing one more time

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June 11, 2014 - Porsche Cayman GT4 testing at Nurburgring

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May 13, 2014 - First Testing Session

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Update History

Updated 2/5/2015: Porsche unveiled a new video of the new Cayman GT4, this time showing the car in action on the race track. Enjoy!

Updated 2/4/2015: Porsche dropped a first promo video for the new Cayman GT4 in which apparently the sports car manages to scare everyone around. Enjoy!

Updated 2/3/2015: Porsche has officially unveiled the Cayman GT4. We have all of the official details after the jump.

Updated 5/13/2014: Our spy photographers just caught the Cayman GT4 (unconfirmed name) out testing for the first time. See the image after the jump.

Updated 05/15/2014: We’ve prepared a very cool rendering for you in the form of our vision of the future Porsche GT4 — or whatever it is Porsche decides to name its Cayman-based monster! As you can see, the image includes numerous updates, but you’ll have to click past the jump to learn more about them.

Updated 07/03/2014: British magazine CARreports that the future Cayman GT4 will deliver as much as 450 horsepower from its heavily tuned 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, boxer-six engine.

Updated 1/6/2015: The Cayman GT4 was caught testing without any camo today. Check out the spy shots after the jump.

Press Release

The Benchmark in its Class: the Porsche Cayman GT4

A new member of Porsche’s GT family

Atlanta. Porsche’s GT family is proud to announce the addition of an exciting new member: the Cayman GT4. This is the first Porsche GT sports car based on the Cayman and features components of the 911 GT3. Clocking a lap time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring, the Cayman GT4 earns the same lap time as the 2011 911 GT3 and positions itself as the new benchmark atop its market segment. The Cayman GT4 clearly demonstrates Porsche’s dedication and passion to continue to promote truly industry-leading two-door sports cars in the future – sports cars that are developed at the Motorsport department in Weissach.

The engine, chassis, brakes, and aerodynamic design of the Cayman GT4 are configured for maximum driving dynamics while retaining the versatility and everyday utility that are typical of the two-seater Porsche coupe. Powered by a 385 hp 3.8-liter flat-six engine derived from the 911 Carrera S engine, the Cayman GT4 transmits its power solely through a six-speed manual transmission with dynamic gearbox mounts. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in 4.2 seconds; its top track speed is 183 mph. The chassis – which features a 30 mm lower ride height and a generously sized brake system – consists almost entirely of components from the 911 GT3.

Ready for the race track: The first Porsche Cayman with added downforce at both axles

The exterior of the Cayman GT4 highlights it as a member of the Porsche GT family and provides a clear distinction to related mid-engine coupes. Three pronounced inlet openings at the front and a large fixed rear wing are part of an aerodynamic package which is systematically designed for downforce. Upon request, the performance capabilities of Cayman GT4 can be taken even further. Available options include the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system, full bucket seats made of carbon fiber composite, and a custom Sport Chrono Package featuring a Track Precision app.

The interior of the Cayman GT4 focuses on maximizing the experience of unfiltered driving enjoyment for both driver and passenger. Standard sport seats, which are upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara®, offer excellent lateral support. The new Cayman GT4 sport steering wheel guarantees ideal control and direct steering feedback due to its compact dimensions.

Technical aspects of this new GT sports car are based on the 911 GT3. As a mid-engine sports car and a prime example of driving dynamics in its class, it follows the conceptual tradition of such cars as the 904 GTS, 911 GT1, Carrera GT and 918 Spyder.

GT sports cars engineered by Porsche embody the most passionate connection possible between everyday driving and Porsche’s competition heritage and highlight the sporty core of the brand: Intelligent Performance.

The Porsche Cayman GT4 celebrates its world premiere in early March at the Geneva International Motor Show. This vehicle will arrive at U.S. dealers in July 2015. The starting MSRP for the Cayman GT4 is $84,600. MSRP does not include a destination charge of $995.

About Porsche Cars North America Inc. | One Porsche Drive, Atlanta, GA 30354 USA
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche 918 Spyder, 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars, the Macan and Cayenne SUVs and Panamera sports sedan. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. PCNA employs approximately 270 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 189 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 66-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency.

At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.

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