Driven

LIV­ING BE­YOND THE EDGE

PORSCHE 718 CAY­MAN GT4 4.0 Close your eyes and think of the best car you have ever driven. If you do not see a 718 Cay­man GT4 in your mind’s eye, best you make a date for a test drive at your near­est Porsche deal­er­ship.

- Re­port by BERNIE HELL­BERG JR | Im­ages © PORSCHE AG Cars · Kyrgyzstan · Porsche 2020

doesn’t sound quite as good as the 3.8-litre mill from the 2016 GT4. Be that as it may, it re­mains a fire-breath­ing en­gine that will set your pants on fire (fig­u­ra­tively speak­ing, of course) if you’re not care­ful.

As tame as the GT4 wants to be as a daily driver – with 309 kW on tap in a car that weighs barely 1,750 kg – it can be equally bru­tal when given stick, al­though, the man­ual car’s 4.4-sec­ond ac­cel­er­a­tion time from stand­still to 100 km/h will not cause too much spinal stress (we’re ea­gerly await­ing the Porsche Dop­peltkup­plungs­getriebe ver­sion for that). Still, be­sides ac­cel­er­a­tion times, the GT4 comes into its own when it is thrown into a cor­ner.

EX­EM­PLARY CON­TROL

Both the Cay­man GT4 and its 718 Spy­der sib­ling share a front axle with the 991.2 GT3, widely con­sid­ered one of the best han­dling sports cars. It also boasts a unique rear axle, stiffer chas­sis, and lower ride height than its model sib­lings. The fixed rear wing has a dif­fer­ent shape over the pre­vi­ous GT4, while the rear dif­fuser houses a new ex­haust sys­tem.

All told, the new GT4 raises the al­ready bril­liant 718 plat­form to new heights, im­prov­ing not only straight-line speed, but also cor­ner­ing abil­ity.

The only thing that could pos­si­ble im­prove on the for­mula would be the re­cently con­firmed

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