Farewell to the best Cayman ever made
3.8-litre petrol horizontally opposed six, 283kw/ 420Nm, 6-speed manual, RWD, Combined economy 10.3 litres per 100km, 0-100kmh 4.4 seconds, 0-160kmh 9.3 seconds.
4438mm long, 1266mm high, luggage capacity 150/184 litres (front/rear), 20-inch alloy wheels on 245/35 front and 295/30 rear tyres. It’s the best Cayman ever made, maybe the best sports car ever made
You can’t buy one any more.
This car is officially obsolete. Production of the Porsche Cayman GT4 ended this month.
Rather fittingly, that last blast has coincided with the arrival of the first examples of the newgeneration 718 Cayman, which joins the 718 Boxster in sporting a new range of four-cylinder turbocharged engines, into New Zealand
The next-generation GT4 is yet to appear, but Porsche people have confirmed that there will indeed be another and that it will still have a six-cylinder engine.
Whether that’s an uprated version of the turbo-six found in the 911 Carrera or another incarnation of the 3.8-litre powerhouse in this model remains to be seen.
Whatever happens, the next GT4 has a hell of a lot to live up.
This GT4 was the car that truly unleashed the potential in the Cayman we all knew was there. By which I mean the potential to be even more exciting than Porsche’s 50-year pet project, the 911.
Hey, it only took a decade. Right from the launch of the firstgeneration Cayman in 2006, Porsche resisted developing it too far into track-ready territory, lest it trod on the 911’s toes.
Hey, it only took a decade, but the company’s motorsport division was finally allowed to go to town on the mid-engine coupe with this GT4 model.
The naturally aspirated 3.8-litre engine is borrowed from the previous-generation Carrera S.
It’s only available with a proper six-speed manual gearbox (so three pedals), a joyous thing when even the 911 GT3 has a pseudo-automatic PDK these days.
Speaking of which: the GT4’S front suspension borrows extensively from the GT3. Same goes for the brakes.
The track is wider than the cooking Cayman and the GT4 rides 30mm lower.
The body addenda looks a little lurid but it’s all functional, from the large cooling ducts at the front to the adjustable rear wing.
If it all sounds circuit-ready, you’re right. But so often, Porsche’s genius lies in making cars that can both decimate track days and provide engaging daily transport.
The GT4 is certainly one of those. The sheer grip of the thing of the thing is staggering and there’s serious hardware at work, including track-biased stability control, a mechanical differential lock and Porsche Torque Vectoring, which can apply more power to the outside-rear rear to increase cornering speed and composure.
But it’s also a joy to drive at perfectly legal on-road speeds. The steering response is immediate, the noise sensational and the chassis dynamics enormously engaging. Even the ride is quite good at urban speeds, despite the hard-core underpinnings and monster tyres.
This GT4 is obsolete, but it’s also officially the most awesome Cayman ever made.
The Cayman we all waited for. It only took Porsche 10 years to create the GT4.