So, here it is. The new Porsche Cayman GT4- a top-of-the-line Cayman setup for the race track. Some say, it is a budget 911 GT3, but while the GT3 is a rear-engine coupe with four-wheel steering and a PDK transmission, the Cayman on which the GT4 is based on is a mid-engine coupe with rear-wheel drive. The Cayman GT4 takes the already wonderful Cayman S and gives it even more muscle to take on the race track.
Porsche has unveiled the Cayman GT4 with launch slated for the Geneva auto show in the month of March. That said, pricing for the new model is already out- In the US, the Porsche Cayman GT4 will cost $85,995 minus the optional extras. For that amount of money you get a 3.8-liter flat-six cylinder engine that puts out 385 hp.
With close to 400 hp under the hood, the GT4 can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 sec and has top speed of 183 mph. To make things even more interesting, Porsche has fitted this sports coupe with a 6-speed manual transmission with dynamic mounts for the drivetrain. The suspension has been stiffened and lowered by 30 mm and downforce has been added courtesy of the fixed rear spoiler. Porsche claims the new Cayman GT4 can complete a lap of the Nordschleife in 7 min 40 sec dead!
The interior of the car is typical of modern Porsches. A dash of Alcantara and bucket seats add a touch of sportiness. Plus, the three-spoke steering wheel and a “manly” 6-speed stick-shift make it a driver’s car.
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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.