The new en­try-level Cay­man is a LOT of fun.

Porsche really wants you to want its Cay­man, but the prob­lem is it needs you to want its big daddy 911 even more. The mid-en­gined mild child of the com­pany’s de­sir­able sports-car range was only un­veiled as a pow­er­ful form of show­room bait in 2005 – now avail­able for not much north of $100,000 (or $50K in the US), but start tick­ing op­tion boxes, adding big­ger en­gines, and you’re soon near the $200,000 a base 911 Car­rera costs. And isn’t that what you really want, sir? The rear-en­gined, Coke-bot­tle clas­sic has been around since 1963 and is one of the most de­servedly leg­endary cars a lot of money can buy. Porsche has al­ways been care­ful not to make the Cay­man com­pet­i­tive with the 911 on power, in case it turns out to be just as good to drive, and thus a bar­gain. The new, range-top­ping, race-track fo­cused Cay­man GT4 breaks all pre­vi­ous rules, armed with the 3.8-litre six cylin­der from the 911 Car­rera S, with a fery 283kw that sprints to 100km/h in just 4.4 sec­onds and can do 0 to 200km/h in 14.5 sec­onds. It’s also given a full aero­dy­namic makeover from the Porsche Mo­tor­sport boffns, nail­ing it to the road with 100kg of down­force. The GT4 gets a damn near per­fect six-speed man­ual gear­box – fappy pad­dles aren’t an op­tion – which blips on the down­shifts, offering the façade you know how to heel and toe like a rally driver. It is, in many ways, more im­pres­sive than the stan­dard 911, and at $189,900, is a rel­a­tive bar­gain. Cer­tainly, noth­ing is more ex­cit­ing to drive for less than $200,000. Which is why there’ll only be a lim­ited num­ber made, and al­lowed to steal sales from the daddy. Or­ders are pour­ing in lo­cally, so be quick.­tralia

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