A sporty pack­age to ig­nite fer­vour

Porsche has fi­nally un­veiled the highly an­tic­i­pated Cay­man GT4

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - MO­TOR NEWS RE­PORTER

WE HAVE been wait­ing for an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment for nearly a year now and fi­nally Porsche has re­vealed the de­tails of the ea­gerly awaited Cay­man GT4. This is the first time the com­pany is in­tro­duc­ing a GT sportscar based on the Cay­man which has com­po­nents of the 911 GT3. This has al­ready trans­lated into a time of seven min­utes 40 sec­onds on the North Loop of the Nür­bur­gring cir­cuit.

The en­gine, chas­sis, brakes and aero­dy­namic de­sign are con­fig­ured for max­i­mum driv­ing dy­nam­ics, yet the com­pany says the new model will still re­tain the ver­sa­til­ity and ev­ery­day util­ity that are typ­i­cal of a two-seat Porsche coupe. It is pow­ered by a 3.8l flat­six en­gine with 283kW, which is de­rived from the 911 Car­rera S en­gine. Its power is trans­mit­ted by a six-speed man­ual gear­box with dy­namic gear­box mounts and the com­pany is claim­ing a 0-100km/h time of 4.4 sec­onds and a top speed of 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.

From its ex­te­rior, it is clearly dif­fer­en­ti­ated from other mi­dengine coupes. 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. On re­quest, it can be equipped even more com­pre­hen­sively for sporty use. Op­tions in­clude the PCCB 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 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 lat­eral sup­ports. The new GT4 sport steer­ing wheel is de­signed to pro­vide ideal con­trol and di­rect steer­ing feed­back due to its com­pact di­men­sions.

GT sportscars from the brand typ­i­cally em­body the most pas­sion­ate con­nec­tion pos­si­ble be­tween ev­ery­day driv­ing and the race­track and thereby the sporty core of the brand: In­tel­li­gent Per­for­mance. Four out of five driv­ers of Porsche sportscars with this clas­si­fi­ca­tion also use them on the race­track. As a mid-en­gine sportscar that aims to pro­vide per­fect driv­ing dy­nam­ics, it fol­lows the con­cep­tual tra­di­tion of such cars as the 904 GTS, 911 GT1, Car­rera GT and 918 Spy­der.

The Cay­man GT4 will have its world pre­miere next month at the Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show and is avail­able for or­der now with a price tag of R1,136,000.

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