The smallest coupé of the Porsche family, the Cayman receives special treatment that was reserved for the traditional 911 until now.
The new Porsche Cayman GT4 is a radical version of the smallest coupé by the German brand that takes all the experience gained on the track and places it in a car made for the streets.
To understand where it comes from, let’s analyze the 911 range, because this car has the most versions with Porsche. The first one was called Carrera—named after the Pan-American Race that took place I Mexico in the ’50s; following up was the Carrera S, with more power that came from a bigger engine, and the last one is the Carrera GTS which was oriented towards use on the streets.
At the top of the list we find the Turbo versions—Turbo S (with more power), GT3 (with an orientation for race tracks), and GT3 RS (which is a real racing car approved for the streets).
The Cayman range started small and it has slowly gained more sport-oriented versions, like the GTS, or even the exuberant Cayman R in its last generation. But we’ve never seen something like the GT on this platform, and for many people, thanks to a better distribution of the weight with a central engine, the Cayman is a dream car. But the brand decided to restrain itself, giving it a smaller engine that just doesn’t do it justice…well, so far.
The changes are extensive with respect to the normal Cayman or even the GTS, highlighting the aerodynamic package with bigger air intakes in the front, a giant spoiler in the back, lower suspension and stronger brakes. This version also boasts exclusive wheels.
On the mechanical side we found that the 3.4-litre engine and the six-cylinder boxer were substituted for a superior one (3.8 litres)—in fact the same engine we found on the 911 Carrera S, but instead of delivering 400 horse power, it stays at 380. Also, Porsche tasked its team with removing weight from here and there to make it even faster. The result is astonishing—a car that completed the Nürburgring race track in only seven minutes; faster than the McLaren-Mercedes SLR, for example.
They might have taken the idea of less weight a little too seriously, though. Inside we found handles made of fabric to open doors instead of regular ones. The seats are made from carbon fibre and only have manual adjustments. But despite all these obvious changes to keep the weight low, the car stillhas a luxury vibe. The equipment is good-looking, with elements like the info-entertainment screen at the centre of the board to control GPS, Bluetooth connections, the sound system with entries for AM, FM, CD, MP3, USB, auxiliary and the travel computer which is connected to Sport Chrono to deliver the circuit time and GPS trajectory.
What is the result of retiring all the weight, installing a bigger engine and outlandish aerodynamics? A car that accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in 4.4 seconds, or 0 to 200 kmph in 14.5 seconds and reaches 295 kmph. Meanwhile, the tail pipe delights us with a deep sound that intensifies when the revolutions go up and the transmission is super smooth. Luckily, Porsche kept things simple with this GT4 and used a six-speed manual gearbox, which powers the experience of driving and lets the engine boost the evolutions to the red side of the tachometer.
The brakes are excellent and the controls are so fast they act almost telepathically—if you’re thinking of turning the wheel, the car is already there. The suspension, which was specifically designed for this model to deliver more precision and excitement while driving, keeps the body completely stable while you turn a curve.
Finally, for those who seek to exploit the car to the max, the Cayman GT4 is adjustable (the suspension, the stabilizer bar and the aerodynamics), so you can fit the car to any track you can find. This is not a car that can be used in the city because the suspension is low and too hard, the seats can be exhausting after a while, and there’s no place for a cellphone in the interior, but where it really shines is on the track.
The Cayman GT4 is a true machine for the race track; it was expected to break records on the circuits and offer the experience of a raw, sport and exuberant car, like its older brother, the GT3. At a lesser cost, it is still a Cayman.
6-cylinder boxer of 3.8 litres with 380 hp at 7,400 rpm
Six-speed manual gearbox
0 to 100 kmph in 4.4 sec.; top speed of 295 kmph