Word is out – the Porsche Cayman GT4 might be THE “affordable” sports car of the year, after receiving enough power to take on its older and feistier brother, the iconic 911.
This is indeed the fastest member of the Cayman family, that coupe that has a mid-engine setup to make your dreams come true. It’s also not very cheap actually, priced in the US from $84,600 upwards, but makes up for that with innards from the hyped 911 GT3. Porsche also claims the beast can do the Nurburgring lap in 7 minutes and 40 seconds, on par with the said GT3 and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and trailing closely the Lexus LFA (7:38.5) or the 991 Carrera S (7:37.9). All that comes through the assistance of the 911 Carrera S-inspired 3.8-liter flat-six engine that has 385 PS in the Cayman GT4 and is mated to a six speed manual with dynamic gearbox mounts. That enables it to jump to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and flat out at 183mph ( 295km/h).
The guys from Motor Trend have decided to put it through the paces in the US and Jason Cammisa has made his debut as one of the hosts of the Ignition web series. We’re not going to spoil your interest in telling you any of their conclusions, because the lengthy review needs to be enjoyed thoroughly as the Cayman GT4 growls and grunts while eating asphalt. One hint – it’s a car that has a body position sitting lower by 30 mm than in a standard guise and according to Porsche the chassis is almost entirely made out of components from the aforementioned 911 GT3.