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Porsche introduces a more track-focused Cayman - the GT4.


OUR editor, Sean Nurse, will be driving the Porsche Cayman GTS pretty soon; in fact I think he’s currently out putting it through its paces. We, here at Autodealer, have heard only good things about the GTS derivative and if you can’t wait to read his views on it don’t worry, we have something else to keep you occupied. A more track-focused version of the Cayman has been announced and we have the need to know right here.

This is the first time Porsche is introducing a GT sports car based on the Cayman, which has components of the 911 GT3. A lap time of seven minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring positions the Cayman GT4 as the new benchmark at the top of its market segment. It also makes a clear statement that Porsche will continue to promote radical two-door sports cars in the future - sports cars that are developed at the Motorsport department in Weissach.

The engine, chassis, brakes and aerodynamic design of the Porsche Cayman GT4 are configured for maximum driving dynamics; yet the top model still retains the versatility and everyday utility, typical of the two-seat Porsche coupé. It is powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six engine with 283kW, which is derived from the 911 Carrera S engine. Its power is always transmitted by a six-speed manual gearbox with dynamic gearbox mounts. The Cayman GT4 accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds; its top speed is around 295km/h. The chassis - which features a 30mm lower body position and a generously sized brake system - consists nearly entirely of components from the 911 GT3.

On its exterior, the Cayman GT4 is clearly differentiated from related mid-engine coupés. Three distinctive inlet openings at the front and a large fixed rear wing are part of an aerodynamic package, which is systematically designed for downforce. Upon request, the Cayman GT4 can be equipped even more comprehensively for sporty use. Options include a ceramic brake system, full shell seats made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic, a custom Sport Chrono Package with the unique Track Precision app and a Club Sport Package.

The interior of the Porsche Cayman GT4 is designed so that the driver and front passenger can experience unfiltered driving enjoyment. They sit on sport seats, upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara, which are distinguished by very good lateral support. The new GT4 sport steering wheel guarantees ideal control and direct steering feedback due to its compact dimensions.

GT sports cars from Porsche embody the most passionate connection possible between everyday driving and the racetrack, thereby the sporty core of the brand: Intelligent Performance. That’s why four out of five drivers of Porsche sports cars with this classification also use them on the racetrack.

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