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Porsche fans around the world were stunned when the automaker came out with the first Cayman GT4. After all it was a high-powered mid-engine vehicle that was more affordable than many of the 911 variants while being just as powerful, more track capable and a blast to drive around. Most enthusiasts always believed that Porsche would gimp the Cayman in order to keep the more expensive 911 models at the top, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. In fact, Porsche has plans to make an even more powerful version of the Cayman GT4. The car would be dubbed the Cayman GT4 RS.
The Cayman GT4 RS
While Porsche isn’t officially making the vehicle yet, there have been recent publications that suggest Porsche is planning out a Cayman GT4 equipped with a monstrous 4.0 liter flat-six engine. It would be dubbed the Cayman GT4 RS and be an absolute track monster. This is an expected improvement to the Cayman GT4 because recent testing showed that the 718 Cayman S can complete laps at Nurburgring just as fast as the GT4 when set up with the same tires. That’s a pretty big deal when you’re considering the 718 is so much more affordable. In order to handle this issue, Porsche wants to make the GT4 even more powerful so that it can maintain an edge over the less powerful 718 on the track.
A Major Performance Boost
Whether or not this more powerful GT4 is going to come about is still speculation, but the engine that’s going to be used in the new vehicle is even more speculation. There are a few 4.0 liter flat six options to choose from, all of which are impressively powerful. The car could make use of the 430 HP engine that’s currently used in the GT3 RS, or it could make use of the newer engine that’s coming from the RSR car and already heading to the next GT3. Either option is going to be a big jump up from the 385 HP currently offered by the GT4 though.
No matter what type of engine this next car gets, one thing is clear. If you’re interested in mid-engined vehicles, the more powerful Cayman GT4 RS could be the ultimate vehicle to get for your garage. It should set some records if its released and will be a very exciting ride to take for sure. We’ll just have to wait to see if Porsche actually intends to make this lightweight beast, and what sort of improvements will actually be destined to go into the final version of the car.
Up until now Porsche hasn’t dared give its Cayman variant enough power to stand up against its flagship 911 for fear of overshadowing it, but that’s exactly what the automaker did with the Cayman GT4, and it’s now available in the USA for examination.
The Cayman GT4 comes packed with 385 HP, all produced from a very capable 3.8 liter flat six that was taken straight out of a Carrera S. It’s got the full front end from the Porsche GT3 making it highly aerodynamic and responsive around the corners of any track you bring it on.
A Real Driver’s Vehicle
Unlike the 911, the Cayman has a nearly perfect weight distribution with weight heavily centralized in the center of the vehicle on this mid-engine car. That gives the Cayman superior handling around tight corners and other track features that the 911 might struggle on a bit thanks to the rear-engine design it relies on. That’s what makes this Cayman GT4 so desirable and why drivers are practically climbing over one another to get their hands on it.
Is it Faster
Motor Trend took out both the 911 Carrera and the Cayman GT4 and compared the performance and times for 0 to 60 acceleration and over the ¼ mile and on both tests the Cayman GT4 came out ahead by quite a ways. That said, the Cayman GT4 is quite a bit faster than a Porsche 911 with the same power configuration, but it probably can’t keep up with every Porsche ever made, because it doesn’t have the power to compete with some.
Crushing the Figure Eight
On the figure eight track test, which is just a series of touch turns in a figure eight pattern, the Cayman S was able to post a faster speed than nearly every Porsche 911 taken around the same figure eight course with 23.8 seconds, and during their testing the Cayman GT4 manages the course in 23.5 seconds beating out many of the fastest 911 times, but still not overtaking the GT2 or GT3 times around the course.
The latest Cayman GT4 is a beast of a vehicle, and it’s something that every Porsche lover should try out at least one time. It’s not the right vehicle for everyone, but a driver looking for a race car experience each time he heads out onto the open road will be absolutely over the moon with this vehicle.
Originally Porsche released the Cayman to attract new customers to its brand. The cars were a much cheaper entry-level option and they helped create a whole new slew of sales that the company never had before. The Cayman along with the Cayenne pretty much saved the company, and now Porsche is moving beyond that initial entry-level stance of the Cayman toward a more performance-focused variant that can exceed 911 performance levels in some cases. The new Cayman GT4 is a powerhouse in its own right. It benefits from that exceptional well-balanced handling that makes it ideal for track driving, and comes packed with more power than a Cayman ever has before.
The Cayman GT4 relies on the same 3.8 liter flat six that powers the 911 Carrera S, but the way that the engine has to be installed limits airflow which drops the total power figure from 400 HP down to 385 HP. A total of 310 lb.-ft. of torque is available at 4750 RPM. The most impressive thing about this engine, other than its raw power, is the fact that it’s more powerful than what comes in a base 911 Carrera by 35 HP. Porsche has long avoided overpowering the 911 with its mid-engined vehicles until now. The car is expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 4.0 seconds.
Dynamic and Fun Handling
The Cayman is known for exceptional handling thanks to its good solid mid-engine mounting. Now that it has so much power there’s no reason to believe that the GT4 can’t outrun some of the 911 models out on the track. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission, the same that’s used on the Cayman GTS. The car comes with a set of dynamic mounts that suspend the entire powertrain to allow improved control over driving feel. The mounts allow you to switch between a very tight suspension to a looser variation for switching from the track to more gentle driving conditions. The GT4 is also equipped with an adjustable anti-roll bar and a more rigid front strut suspension for improved handling.
Retains its Lightweight Body
Even though the Cayman GT4 is substantially more powerful and more durable than the Cayman S, Porsche claims that the weight of both vehicles is about the same. That means the GT4 should feel considerably faster than the other model, which will make it even more fun to tear up the tracks with. The GT4 could potentially get around a quarter-mile track in just 12.0 seconds with a talented enough driver behind the wheel.
The Cayman GT4 should be faster and more capable on the track than most 911 vehicles unless they are turbo charged or carry the GT modifications themselves. That’s pretty impressive for one of the more lowly mid-engine cars, and will make the Cayman even more desirable to own.
The Cayman GT4 is what Andreas Preuninger (head engineer of the Porsche GT series production team) dubs the “little brother” of the GT3. It’s a car that’s all about the driver, and focused around being an absolute blast to drive. During the interview between him and Jethro Bovingdon from EVO you can see how passionate Preuninger is about the vehicle. He even admits to be a bit envious of the drivers who can afford to pick up the car, and that’s because it was literally engineered from the ground up to be enjoyable to drive.
Packing in the Power
In order to allow the 3.8 liter, 385 HP engine to fit under the somewhat compact hood of the Cayman GT4 a bunch of customizations had to be made. An altered and improved gearbox was used, a different clutch system, different flywheel and even different engine mounts were all used to make it fit in properly. The engine doesn’t hit its full HP level until 7,400 rpm, and the car is powerful enough overall to jump from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds, and it manages a top speed of 183 MPH.
The GT4 literally sticks to the road thanks to careful weight distributions that puts the center of mass squarely in the center of the vehicle. It also only comes with a manual transmission so drivers have to become deeply involved with the driving process, especially at higher speeds. Preuninger mentions that a PDK transmission would have made for more efficient shift times, but that takes away from the feel and experience of the Cayman GT4, and the car’s all about experiences.
Borrowing from the Lauded GT3
Most Porsche and racing fans in general have at least a mild crush on the GT3, and that’s great for future GT4 owners because the vehicle borrows from it heavily, especially in braking and front suspension. The car relies on the same exact steel braking system that the GT3 uses. It also has the same camber-adjustable double wishbone suspension that gives owners the ability to modify the drive feel of their vehicle before they bring it back to the track or take it onto that windy back road. Since the rear of the vehicle looks so much different than the GT3 the team had to put together a completely new suspension, but that still relies on a double-wishbone setup, and provides an overall dynamic feel while driving.
Generates as Much Downforce as the GT3
One of the main enemies of a typical sports car is lift. While traveling at high speeds any amount of lift can cause handling issues, and the standard Cayman lineup does suffer from a slight amount of lift. That problem was smoothed out in the GT4 though, and the vehicle generates the same amount of downforce pressure as the GT3 does at high speeds. This produces excellent handling characteristics, and also gives the vehicle a distinctly sporty speed that only intensifies as you step down on the accelerator. In order to generate all the downforce that the vehicle has, the engineers relied on a very aggressive aero kit that uses a large lip spoiler, a massive air dam, a vent in the front hood as well as major air scoops at the sides. Add in the rear diffuser and you have a very carefully crafted vehicle designed to literally stick to the road at high speeds.
A Lightweight Body
The Cayman GT4 weights roughly the same as the Cayman GTS at 2900 lbs, but it manages to do so with a wide range of upgrades and improvements. It has a larger engine that produces more power, more structural improvements, an enhanced spoiler, a protective cage rated for racing, an enhanced braking system with much larger parts and the list goes on and on. In order to maintain the same lightweight body while adding in so much extra gear and so many enhancements the engineering team had to make careful design improvements all over the vehicle. In some locations they relied on more lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber on the spoiler, and in other areas they simply use a more efficient design.
On top of all the racing improvements the car receives some nice feature and quality improvements over a standard Cayman as well. It comes with 20 inch alloy wheels, advanced sports seats coated with a mixture of leather and Alcantara trim. The GT4 also has the Sport Chrono package and comes with all the modern tech features that you would expect from an upscale Porsche. It feels like a very high-end Porsche, and while it’s more focused on performance and driving dynamics than anything else, the GT4 happens to be very luxurious as well.