2021 Porsche Cayman 718 GT4 RS
The 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is an upcoming high-performance variant of the 982-generation Cayman that’s rumored to debut in 2020. Essentially a more aggressive and powerful version of the existing 718 Cayman GT4, the 2021 will be the first of its kind and the first modern 718 to feature the "RS" badge. This car has been in the rumor mill ever since the first Cayman GT4 was introduced in 2015, but it took Porsche around four years to turn it into reality. Better late than never, I guess.
The 2021 718 Cayman GT4 RS is more than just a rumor now. The car has already been spotted on public roads with some camouflage on its body, but also with a beefed-up exterior. It features bigger vents in the front, a big rear wing, and many small details that set it apart from the already familiar GT4. Just like the latter, the 2021 718 Cayman GT4 RS will feature the 911’s 4.0-liter flat-six under the hood, but in a more powerful setup. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
Update 3/18/2020: The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS has been spotted doing some cold-weather testing and there are a few subtle changes that you need to know about. Check it out in our “Spy Shots” section below!
2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0
The 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 is a naturally aspirated version of the existing 718 Cayman. An update of the current 718 Cayman GTS, the GTS 4.0 ditches the turbocharged, 2.5-liter flat-four engine in favor of a 4.0-liter flat-six mill. The engine is shared with the range-topping 2020 718 Cayman GT4, but detuned in order to slot the GTS 4.0 a bit lower in the lineup.
The 2021 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 was unveiled alongside an identical version of the 718 Boxster. The 2021 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 is expected to hit dealerships for the 2021 model year. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Sports Cup Edition
Porsche’s a big fan of letting the world know about its motorsport roots. After all, the brand’s success on the race track is something that deserves to be put out there, and the same applies to any sort of motorsport-related Porsche anniversary.
Meet the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Sports Cup Edition, a limited special-edition model that features a motorsport-inspired design and an interior that’s been luxed-up by Porsche’s very own Exclusive Manufaktur to mark the 15th anniversary of the customer and club sport series “Porsche Sports Cup Germany.”
2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4
The 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 is the highest performance version of the 982-generation Cayman. An upgrade to the GT4 model from 2016, the 718 GT4 is the quickest and most potent Cayman ever built. And surprisingly enough, it still features a naturally aspirated flat-six engine, whereas all other Caymans have turbocharged power.
Originally rumored to arrive with an "RS" badge, the beefed-up Cayman carries over with the simpler GT4 nameplate. Unveiled alongside the 718 Boxster Spyder, the new 718 Cayman GT4 is significantly more potent than its predecessor, and it’s the first Cayman to develop more than 400 horsepower. Find out more about that in the review below.
2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS
Introduced in 2005 as a hardtop coupe iteration of the ever-popular Porsche Boxster roadster, the Cayman gets all the same good stuff as its topless sibling, plus the added rigidity and aggressive looks of a fixed roof. The latest fourth-generation was introduced in 2016, dubbed the 718 after the racer Porsche built in the late ‘50s. Now, Porsche is adding a new GTS iteration for the 2018 model year, and although we’ve seen a Cayman GTS in the past, this is the first time the formula has been applied to the fourth-gen 718. Per usual, the upgrades include a marginal power increase, more standard equipment, blacked-out trim pieces, and high-end interior materials.
Update 02/12/2019: We’ve updated this review with images taken at the Chicago Auto Show. This time around, the 718 Cayman GTS was dressed in a luxurious yellow that will just tickle your soul. Check out our fresh batch of images in the gallery at the bottom of this page!
2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport
The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a track-only version of the 718 Cayman developed for customer use. It replaces GT4 Clubsport that Porsche introduced in 2015 and represents a notable update over the outgoing model. Unlike its predecessor, it’s offered in two distinct versions: Trackday and Competition. The GT4 Clubsport Trackday was built specifically for amateur racing drivers that like to spend weekends at the race track without participating in FIA events. The Competition model features a more complex suspension system, and it’s a direct replacement for the old GT4 Clubsport, as it is eligible for GT4-spec competitions in Europe, North America, and Asia. According to Porsche, the new race car features improved driveability, and it’s capable of quicker lap times.
2020 Porsche 718 Cayman T
While most automakers these days are occupied with searching for new methods of extracting more and more power from their sports coupes, Porsche seems more concerned with something even more elusive - lower weight. As such, the German automaker has given birth to a string of lightness-adding model variants, including the likes of the 911 Carrera T. Now, Porsche is applying a similar performance philosophy to the Cayman. Like its 911 big brother, this fresh two-door takes the name “T” and offer a more driver-focused experience thanks to slightly less heft, a variety of standard performance equipment, and a few new aesthetic upgrades.
2018 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rallye Concept
Man, I can’t remember the last time I was as stoked about a rally car as I am about this one. Ever since the rally scene migrated from awesome sedans (Lancer Evo, WRX, or that magnificent Skoda Octavia), I was a bit disappointed watching small city cars tackling the courses. They are supremely fast, granted, but lack the drama, or the seriousness of the larger machines. Or sports cars. And that is where the newest Porsche Motorsport Rally concept comes into play. This is the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rallye Concept. A mouthful isn’t it. Well, after I saw it the first thing I thought about was the 959 Dakar Porsche from the Eighties. It was sublime and, while the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rallye isn’t a 918 Rallye, I feel happy to have an opportunity to see it at all.
2017 Porsche 718 Cayman by TechArt
My colleague, Jonathan Lopez, made a compelling argument on why the Geneva Motor Show is the best annual auto show in the world. I wholeheartedly concur. At the very least, it’s without question the biggest and most attended auto show as automakers from all over the world showcase their latest wares, and in many cases, preview what’s to come. Aftermarket tuners are also heavily involved in Geneva with their new tuning programs and this year’s Geneva is no different with the likes of TechArt bringing with it a new tuning kit for the Porsche 718 Cayman.
As one of the industry’s leading tuners with anything related to Stuttgart’s finest, TechArt’s portfolio of Porsche tuning programs is as good as it gets. It’s worked on just about every iteration and variant of the 911. It also has experience working with the Panamera and Porsche’s two SUVs, the Cayenne and the Macan. Now, the German tuner is setting its sights on the newest member of the Cayman family with an extensive aftermarket upgrade program that tackles all important aspects of the sports car. Exterior upgrades? Check. Interior appointments? Check. Engine update? Check. Chassis and wheels? Check and check.
The result is what you’d expect from a tuner who knows its business like TechArt. Not only was it successful in dramatically altering the 718 Cayman’s appearance, but it also managed to bring more life to the sports car that only a tuner that knows what it’s doing can do.
The 718 Cayman tuning package is all set to make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. From there, expect the program to become available to eager-beaver owners of the sports coupe who are in the market for some aftermarket loving’ for their brand new Caymans.
Continue after the jump to read more about the Porsche 718 Cayman by TechArt.
2017 Porsche 718 Cayman
The mid-engined Porsche Cayman was launched in 2005. Essentially a coupe version of the Boxster, the Cayman has become increasingly popular with customers as a more affordable and balanced proposition to the range-topping 911. The first-generation coupe came with 2.7-, 2.9-, and 3.4-liter, flat-six engines with as many as 321 ponies and 273 pound-feet of torque. A facelifted Cayman was introduced in early 2009, while the redesigned model arrived in showrooms in 2013, this time powered by 275-, 325- and 340-horsepower engines. As we’re moving closer to the 2017 model year, the Germans are preparing a mid-cycle refresh for the still-new Cayman.
As with most Porsche facelifts, the Cayman was originally expected to receive minor exterior and interior changes, as well as a mild output increase. However, the unveiling of the revised Boxster made it clear that the Cayman was in for a more comprehensive update.
Aside from the usual upgrades inside and out, Stuttgart’s entry-level sports car also received a pair of brand-new engines and a name that harkens back to one of the company’s most iconic race cars. Specifically, the Cayman dropped its flat-six engine in favor of turbocharged, flat-four units and will be marketed as the 718 Cayman starting in 2016.
Another premier is that the Cayman now features the same output specs as the Boxster, with the two now set apart only by their body configurations. What’s more, for the first time the Cayman is priced below the roadster, in a similar way to the 911 model. Find out more about that in our review below and have a look at the first official photos of the 718 Cayman, which was unveiled at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.
Updated 06/03/2016: Porsche announced that the new 718 Cayman just had a successful production launch at the company’s plant in Stuttgart. With the production launch of the new 718 cayman, Porsche hopes to increase production numbers to a total of 240 vehicles per day by August - up from the current 220.
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In 2015, Porsche launched the Cayman GT4 and started a new chapter for its entry-level sports car. Overshadowed for many years by the 911, the Cayman finally received the high-performance update it deserved, giving Porsche enthusiasts a more affordable, mid-engined alternative to the mighty 911 GT3. As soon as the Cayman GT4 arrived, rumors surfaced about a more powerful GT4 RS version, but Porsche denied it. It turns out Porsche had bigger plans for the GT4, which was being prepared to go racing.
Dubbed the GT4 Clubsport, the Cayman-based race car was unveiled at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The mid-engined coupe will be homologated for a number of racing series around the world. In the U.S., the GT4 Clubsport will be eligible for series’ such as the Pirelli World Challenge, Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA, Ultra 94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, and club races run by the Porsche Club of America.
Needless to say, Porsche’s intentions with this track-prepped GT4 are more than obvious. With the 911 GT3 and its many race-spec iterations already dominating various competitions, the Germans want to up the ante in lower classes as well, where privateers have struggled to achieve success with modified versions of the Cayman S.
It remains to be seen whether the GT4 Clubsport will have what it takes to win races, but until it hits the track at full speed, let’s find out what sets it apart from its road-going sibling and what race-bred technologies it hides under the skin.
Updated 11/18/2015: The new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport made its world debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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There are many aspects that make the 911 a successful sports car. The timeless design, the incredible performance, the fabulous PDK transmission, and the luxurious interior are only a few of the 911’s much appreciated features. However, Porsche also enhanced its sports car’s appeal by allowing buyers to further customize the vehicle by means of an array of features provided by Porsche Exclusive. Recently, this comprehensive catalog has become available for just about any model in Porsche current lineup, giving birth to several special-edition models, one of which is the Black Edition.
Launched earlier in 2015 for the 911 Carrera and the Boxster, the package dresses nearly every element of the exterior in black while adding a number of standard features to the vehicle’s already comprehensive list. There is a catch though. The Black Edition is only available for the entry-level 911 and Boxster, meaning you’ll have to take it Porsche Exclusive if you want a more powerful engine with the black bodywork. For 2016, Porsche has expanded the Black Edition family to also include the Cayman. Like the Boxster Black Edition, the customized Cayman will sit between the base model and the Cayman S in the lineup.
Keep reading to find out what makes the Cayman Black Edition special.
Porsche Exclusive, the brand’s tried-and-tested personalization department, has been churning out some impressive programs for a handful of Stuttgart’s finest. The Cayman, in particular, has already been through the Porsche Exclusive ringer a handful of times. In 2014 alone, we saw two programs for the Cayman: the Agate Grey Metallic, and the Racing Yellow program. Now, Porsche Exclusive has released its third program for the spunky hard-top sports car. There’s no official name for it, but if we’re basing it on the dominant color finish on the car, we might as well call it the “White.”
It’s not the fanciest color finish, and I’m sure the designers at Porsche Exclusive didn’t waste too many brain cells trying to figure out a name for the program. But if you look past the lack of flair compared to the two previous Porsche Exclusive Caymans, you’ll find plenty of endearing qualities about this new program. Sure, a white color finish isn’t going to blow anybody’s socks off, but it does make the Cayman look clean and well-groomed.
Plus, the assortment of functional upgrades on the exterior and interior provides plenty of added value to the Cayman’s overall presentation.
So don’t be fooled by first glances. If you look close enough, you’ll see a lot of reasons to be excited for this new Cayman program from Porsche Exclusive.
Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Cayman S By Porsche Exclusive.
If you ever fancy a tinge of personalization on your new Porsche, the German automaker is offering such a venue for you to do that with Porsche Exclusive. As Porsche’s very own in-house custom manufacturing department, Porsche Exclusive can give Porsche customers the ability to control the design of their models from the choice of exterior colors all the way to interior packages and color trims.
The department’s latest release, the 2015 Cayman S Racing Yellow, is proof that Porsche knows a thing or two about appeasing the demands of its customers. The ostentatious yellow finish on this particular Cayman S may not be to everyone’s liking, but that’s the beauty of Porsche Exclusive. You can replace the Racing Yellow finish with something a little more subdued like the Agate Grey Metallic finish we saw on a 2014 Cayman back in September 2014. Or you can go completely off-script and go with something more appealing to the eyes like a Lime Gold Metallic finish we saw on a Porsche 911 Turbo in February 2014.
Whatever colors you choose for your Porsche, the German automaker’s Exclusive department will gladly accommodate your requests to create an identifiable customization program that fits your overall personality. That’s more than what some other automakers can say for themselves.
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There’s no rest for the weary over at Porsche Exclusive. Stuttgart’s very own personalization arm has been busy churning out exclusive models over the past few weeks. Judging by the frequency of these models, there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight for these guys. Porsche Exclusive’s latest creation involves the Porsche Cayman S and it is a thing of beauty.
This is how you dress up a Porsche Cayman. The shiny grey exterior paint and the smoked taillights give it a classy look that belies its sporty and aggressive capabilities. Porsche Exclusive also gave it a new sports suspension that drops the car’s height by 20 mm (0.78 inch) and a new sports exhaust system that should help clear the throat of that 3.4-liter, flat-six engine.
Speaking of the engine, this new Porsche Exclusive creation doesn’t have any performance upgrades. Still, the Cayman S is capable of 325 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. These numbers allow the Cayman S accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 175 mph.
Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Cayman S In Agate Grey Metallic By Porsche Exclusive.
Like its drop-top brother the Boxster, the Cayman has become a well-respected performer for Porsche since its introduction in 2006. Porsche has continued to update the car to keep it exciting, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. For 2015, both the Cayman and Boxster are getting a new range-topping trim level that adds power, better handling, and decades of heritage — the GTS package.
The GTS package adds all the right ingredients to Porsche’s perfect recipe: more horsepower and torque from the 3.4-liter flat-six, better handling thanks to revised suspension components and the now-standard Sports Chrono package, and a unique look to set it apart from lesser Cayman trim levels.
Getting into the nitty-gritty reveals an added 15 horsepower and 7 pound-feet of torque bringing the total number to 340 horses and 280 pound-feet. Both the six-speed manual and seven-speed PDK transmissions are available. The normally optional Sports Chrono package and Active Suspension Management (PASM) on the Cayman S become standard equipment for the GTS. Still an option, but well worth it, is Porsche’s torque vectoring differential that uses a combination of braking and locking of the differential to actively put power to the ground. Click everything into sport mode and activate launch control, and the PDK-equipped Cayman will hit 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. The Cayman’s top speed is listed at 177 mph for those equipped with the manual, however Porsche hasn’t released the PDK’s top speed figures yet.
Giving distinction between itself and the lesser Cayman and Cayman S models, the GTS features a number of dark-grey exterior accents, an interior that’s covered in Alcantara, and several GTS badges finished in the same dark grey.
Updated 10/27/2014: Porsche unveiled a new video in which it reveals the amazing sound delivered by the Cayman GTS’ engine. Enjoy!
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2014 Porsche Cayman
The second-generation Porsche Cayman was unveiled in 2012, seven years after the nameplate made its debut on the same platform as the Boxster. The upgrad brought a new body design, a longer wheelbase, a wider front track, and a revised interior that matched the styling of the more upscale 911 model. The redesign also brought more power to the table, with both the base and S models gaining updated flat-six engines alongside tweaked six-speed manual and seven-speed PDK transmissions.
As a result, the new Cayman was quicker and had better handling and driving dynamics.
Unlike its predecessor, the second-generation Cayman also spawned a GTS variant, previously available only on the 911. The sportier model was followed by the Cayman GT4 in 2015, a more track-oriented sports car that borrowed its engine from the 911 Carrera S. The GT4 Clubsport was another premier for the nameplate. Developed by Porsche Motorsport for racing, it featured several weight-reducing measures, a mechanical rear-axle locking differential, and a race-spec interior with a racing bucket eat and six-point harness.
The second-gen Cayman received an extensive facelift in 2016, when Porsche not only revised its design, but also changed the name and replaced the flat-six units with turbocharged, four-cylinder engines.
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Do you remember the RK Coupe unveiled by StudioTorino back in 2006? It was based on the previous-generation Porsche Cayman and developed a total of 440 horsepower.
Now, Studiotorino announced the Moncenisio - a sports coupe based on the new 2014 Porsche Cayman S. First details on the upcoming Moncenisio suggest that it will be heavily revised on both the exterior and interior, but we shouldn’t be too surprised to see some updates under the hood too.
Updates on the exterior will include an extreme aerodynamic kit with all the components made in carbon fiber, a new set of wheels and seven exclusive colors. For the interior, Studiotorino will offer lots of leather-upholstered components and, of course, special Moncenisio logo.
The new Studiotorino Moncenisio will be limited to only 20 units and will be available starting in November. Prices for the conversion will start from €135,000 (about $180,000 at the current exchange rates).
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Earlier this year SpeedART dropped the first teaser images on a SP81-CR package based on the new-generation Porsche Cayman S. Now, the tuner decided to finally release the kit on the market. Its official debut will be made at the Tuner Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring racetrack in Germany and ales will begin next week.
Before talking about the SP81-CR let’s see what the Tuner Grand Prix is. The race is organized each year by Sport Auto magazine and brings together the best tuning kits out there. The cars are separated into classes and the drivers from Sport Auto decided which vehicle is the best in its class by making an average of the best times of the class.
Now, back to the SpeedART tuning kit; it includes exterior and interior upgrades, and customers can choose between three different engine upgrades.
Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Cayman SP81-CR by SpeedART.
After the Boxster got a little TechArt love, the German tuner turned its attention to the 2014 Porsche Cayman. TechArt offers a very nice aerodynamic kit that not only makes the car look better, but it also improves the car’s aerodynamic features.
For the exterior, the tuner is offering a new front spoiler with integrated splitter and for the rear, a new spoiler, a new diffuser and central end pipes for the new sport exhaust system. The car sits on a set of 21-inch light alloy wheels in either a classic five-spoke design or a dynamic twin-spoke design. Additionally, TechArt added in a new sport spring kit that lowers the car’s ride by 35 mm (1.37 inches).
The interior has also been updated with decorative stitching, lacquered surfaces, carbon-fiber trims and a three-spoke sport steering wheel with ergonomically mounted paddle shifters.
Click past the jump to get a closer look at the new TechArt kit.
German tuner, RUF Automobile, unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show an updated 3800S kit based on the thelatest-generation Porsche Boxster and Cayman models. The kit includes both exterior and engine upgrades and it is available now.
Under the hood, the model received an updated 3.8-liter flat-six engine that delivers a total of 420 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque at 5,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a double-clutch transmission and sends its all power to the rear wheels.
Once the job under the hood was done, the tuner continued with updating the exterior look. RUF is offering an aerodynamic kit that includes new front and rear bumpers, and an updated rear diffuser. The last piece of the tuning is the new set of alloys in a five-spoke design and painted in black.
The interior can also be upgraded with better quality materials, like Alcantara or carbon fiber.
Prices for the new kit will be announced at a later date.
Well, that was fast! Days after Porsche unveiled its new Cayman and Cayman S, we now have rumors of a Cayman Turbo that is expected to debut at the IAA-Frankfurt 2013.
Any Porsche enthusiast knows that the “Turbo” badge signifies more power and a bigger price tag. Yes, there’s more power but with a catch. Unlike the 6-cylinder, boxer configuration of the Cayman S, the Turbo variant is expected to be powered by a smaller, turbocharged 4-cylinder boxer engine that is expected to produce more than 350 horsepower. We don’t think Porsche purists would be happy with this move as it will lose the iconic sound that is instantly recognizable as Porsche sports car, but at least the power is there.
With the downsizing trend becoming popular among top brands, the main aim is to bring more power while improving fuel efficiency, thanks to the rising fuel prices and concern for carbon emission. Looks like Porsche is expected to join that bandwagon with the Cayman Turbo and the Macan.
If this is true, it’s going to be funny trying to reason with a Cayman S owner why the Turbo is better.
For now, this is all we’ve got on the flagship Cayman. We’ll keep an eye out on this while we wait for its expected unveiling at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
800 HP, carbon fiber composites, an amazing look, and much, much more. Sounds like the description of an amazing supercar, but it’s actually the description of the smallest coupe in Porsche’s line-up: the Cayman. Of course, this extraordinary vehicle only began as a Cayman. Then, Alpha-N Performance got their hands on it and transformed it into the new and improved Alpha One.
For starters, the tuner replaced the car’s original body panels with new ones made of carbon fiber composites. The front panels actually resemble the ones from the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder, but other than that and the Cayman’s body line flowing through the doors and roof, everything else is new.
The tuner hasn’t revealed any other details on the upcoming Alpha One, but it is clear that the tuning package will make the Porsche Cayman longer, lower, and wider. Then, of course, there’s that 800 HP just waiting to be thrashed around in a sports car that only weighs 2820 lbs. The suspension on this thing better be killer because standard issue just isn’t going to cut it.
Let’s just say, we can’t wait to see what other details are in store for all of us when the Alpha One makes its debut in the upcoming weeks.