2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Beats Honda NSX, BMW M2 CS At Hockenheim

SportAuto has a thing about taking some interesting new rides at the Hockenheim GP, and for their latest venture, they chose the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4.

The formidable German sports car is part of a dying breed. It has a 4.0-liter, naturally aspirated flat-six that works in conjunction with a six-speed manual transmission, ditching the turbocharging/dual-clutch combination that has practically taken over the sports car market.

With 420 PS (414 hp / 309 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque available on tap, performance is on par with older supercars. Nought to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes only 4.4 seconds, and flat out, it will do 304 km/h (189 mph).

Watch: 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Meets 991 GT2 RS, 997 GT3 RS For A Tire-Slaying Fest

Thanks to the numerous improvements, the new Cayman 718 GT4 is 10 seconds faster than its predecessor at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. It also lapped the Hockenheim GP in 1:55.00, but what does that mean?

By looking at the unofficial lap times posted by FastestLaps, we can see that it was actually quicker than the modern Honda NSX by 0.3 seconds, and faster than the Mercedes-AMG GT S, BMW M5 Competition and M2 CS, as well as the Corvette Grand Sport, Lamborghini Urus and Aston Martin Vantage. If you’re wondering about the M2 CS, which was just introduced this week, SportAuto had the chance to lap the track with a camouflaged prototype in September (see video here).

The 718 Cayman GT4 was equally fast to the 911 Carrera S Cabrio and nearly half a second slower than the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. The (discontinued) McLaren MP4-12C Spider posted a time of 1:54.10 and the 991 GT3 did a 1:53.90.

You can watch what is arguably one of the best driver’s cars to come out of Weissach go from apex to apex, fighting the clock, in the following video.

 

  • GobbleUp

    yawn

  • Cevair Zufer

    Take it with a bit of salt.

    A driver can not drive as good every time.

    Weather conditions van have big impact on this cars.

    Tyres are determent.

    So small differences do not apply.

    • Craig

      I’ve been saying that for years. AND how much the driver values LIFE!

      • Cevair Zufer

        and then comes the manufacturer factor that can give you another car than standard.

        Tyre manufacturers have been caught doing that, like continental and nokia.

      • Matt

        A fast lap by a racing driver is a fast lap, you don’t hear them say ‘I would have gone faster, but I was scared’. If that’s the case, they’re in the wrong profession.

        • Craig

          Some people can run into a burning building. And some can not. And neither of them are saying anything. It’s just the nature within each of us. Without a doubt some people – even some racing drivers – will – by their very nature – be more or less willing to push the envelope.

  • Craig

    I wonder what year the NSX is.

  • Bash

    And that’s not even the best Porsche in Porsche’s lineup.

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