2019 Porsche Cayman GT4 Is The Six-Pot 718 That Purists Have Been Waiting For (Updated)

There were countless upgrades – inside, out, and under the hood – that made the last Porsche Cayman GT4 stand out from “lesser” versions. And so it will be with the new one. But as you can see from these latest spy shots, none will be more obvious than the giant wing protruding from its posterior.

The top of Porsche’s 718 lineup, the new Cayman GT4 (alongside the Boxster Spyder) is expected to pack the 4.0-liter boxer six from the 911 GT3, albeit likely de-tuned for the smaller package, producing just over 400 horsepower. The previous generation Cayman GT4 had a 911 Carrera S-sourced 3.8-liter flat-six with 385PS (380hp).

Porsche has purists covered

Porsche executives have hinted that the new model will be available with both manual and dual-clutch automatic transmission options.

It won’t weight more than the GTS, so expect the GT4 to keep under 1,450kg or 3,200 pounds, which combined with the 4-liter flat six, it should easily beat the previous model’s 0-100km/h time of 4.4 seconds (0-60mph in 4.2sec) and 295km/h (183mph) top speed.

What else should we expect?

Compared to existing versions – including the Cayman GTS – it’ll also have bigger wheels, a stiffer suspension, and a more aggressive aero package that will add a bigger rear spoiler.

That wing looks different than the unit we’ve seen attached to prototypes up to this point. It appears to bear a similar curve and even the same vertical brackets holding it in place, but this one has bigger end-plates. Much bigger, the better to channel airflow and keep it stable at speed.

Big as it is, that in and of itself won’t make the GT4 the unadulterated performance machine that it most definitely will be. But it speaks to the overall package that promises to take the Cayman far beyond the “baby” status to which it was once consigned, and make it every bit the driving tool that Porsche’s other GT models have proven themselves to be… just in a smaller package.

At this rate, we’re hoping it won’t be long before Zuffenhausen (and Weissach) take what remains of the camouflage off the prototype and let us see it in full… and more to the point, tell us what it’ll be capable of doing in the right hands.

Article updated with new information and spy images


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Image Credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien and CarPix for CarScoops

  • Dr Professor Weezle Eye

    Surprised the hp & torque gains this wing offers arent listed the article. Odd…

  • FlameWater

    0-Laid in 3.0 sec…

  • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

    so, once again, no video. hopeless.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Finally something on the new Cayman GT4!

  • Six_Tymes

    anything to distract the eye from that bloody awful rear design

  • iea96

    Boxster/Cayman deserves the 6, just put it in

    • As long 911 exists, it won’t happened.

      • Bash

        But the engine sound terrible and tbh it’s not a purists choice. They ruined it, and the reason why it’s being sold like hot cakes is that there is no proper alternative imo.

        • Dude

          Audi TT, BMW M2. Especially the TT with it’s amazing 5cyl growl. The main downside of the 4 is the sound. I wouldn’t say they ruined it.

          • Bash

            True, I figured the Audi TT would be the closest thing to the 718, but even with that between be and you, we both know that it’s not even that close.

        • Alpine A110 has been a credible alternative, the problem is that A110 is hardly luxurious or comfortable enough to be proper Cayman alternative.

          Audi TT RS would be another choice, but their engine and suspension has been lacking.

  • JorgeDeeeeeaz

    They did a good job at covering up the sound….and when it came through it sounded rather more turbocharged than normally aspirated. More like the GT2RS (not implying it will have that engine of course).

    After hearing that clip I’m not convinced anymore it will get the 4.0 NA

  • Can’t wait for it to came up, and I wonder if extreme version of A110 would be able to keep up with it.

  • Ermal Morina

    I hope the gearing is shorter cuz that’s my main critisicm for the outgoing GT4.Great car with a great transmission but doesn’t want you to shift that often…hope they fixed that with this one

  • Dude

    I think the 718 will be my next car and I want the flat 6 but I also want a lot of amenities and features. Not sure the gt4 will work

  • An Existing Person

    If all goes well one of these will be in my garage not too long after it gets released.

  • Vassilis

    That didn’t sound like a turbocharged engine to me but we’ll find out soon…

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