Porsche Cayman GT4 brings track thrills to the road
Porsche has announced its most extreme Cayman ever; with 380bhp, racecar aero and a stiffer chassis.
Porsche has once again smudged the line between the racetrack and the road with its most extreme Cayman ever. Called the Cayman GT4, its pitched as a smaller sister car to the full-blown 911 GT3 and aimed squarely at buyers who regularly take their cars to track days, but like to drive home in them afterwards.
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The exterior has been suitably enhanced with a huge fixed rear wing, deep front bumper with a trio of inlets and a larger rear diffuser. Porsche claims the bodykit doesn’t just reduce lift, but generates positive downforce at high speeds. Carbon-ceramic brakes are on the options list, but the 20-inch wheels you see here are standard, plus the suspension is stiffened and lowered by 30mm.
At the heart of the GT4 is a 380bhp 3.8-litre flat-six derived from the 911 Carrera S’ engine. That an increase in capacity of 0.2-litres and a 45bhp bump over the next most potent Cayman, the GTS. Maximum power is produced at a heady 7,4000rpm, while (unlike the PDK-only 911 GT3) the only transmission option is a six-speed manual.
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Performance has taken a giant leap with 0-62mph dispatched in just 4.4 seconds and top speed raised to 183mph – that’s 0.5 seconds and 6mph faster than the GTS. However, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions back-pedal to 27.4mpg and 238g/km.
Standard equipment includes more deeply sculpted sports seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara, a smaller GT4-specific steering wheel, Porsche Torque Vectoring with a rear limited slip differential and a sports exhaust. Porsche has left some creature comforts in, too, including a DAB radio and climate control. Options include even thinner shell-back carbon-fibre seats and a Sport Chrono Pack with a ‘Track Precision’ app.
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