Fans have long yearned for a Porsche Cayman with as much power as its excellent chassis can take, and their prayers have finally been answered by the bosses in Stuttgart with the Cayman GT4.
It’s ironic, but although the Cayman GT4 is a 911 at heart (since it’s powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine sourced from the 911 Carrera S), it will likely be one of the 911 Carrera’s worst enemies. People have always said that Porsche has been deliberately keeping the Cayman underpowered so that the small mid-engined coupe doesn’t threaten the 911.
But now, with 385PS (380hp) and a 30mm lower chassis made almost entirely of components from the 911 GT3, it appears that Porsche has finally unleashed the Cayman’s full potential. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with dynamic gearbox mounts, the engine allows the Cayman GT4 to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.2 s) and to reach a top speed of 295 km/h (183 mph).
That makes it quicker by 0.4 seconds to 100 km/h than the entry-level 911 Carrera and about €5,000 cheaper in Germany, where it is priced from €85,779. Sales in its home market begin in March, while in the US the Cayman GT4 is scheduled arrive in July with a $84,600 sticker price (excluding a destination charge of $995).