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. porsche.com/australia