Geneva 2015: Porsche Cayman GT4

 

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Driving enthusiasts know that the sweet spot in the Porsche line-up is the mid-engined Cayman sports car. Not only is it cheaper than the 911, the Cayman should theoretically have a better chassis balance because the mass of the engine is located between the front and rear axles instead of it hanging over the rear axle as it does in the 911. However, there has always been this feeling that Porsche has purposely held back the performance of the Cayman so that it wouldn’t step on the toes of it’s big brother. The Cayman GT4 is Porsche’s answer to those doubts, and the options list looks like a recipe for success.

As a refresher, the GT4 will sit at the top of the performance ladder in the current Cayman lineup. The engine a 3.8L flat-six sourced from the 911 Carrera S, here making a meaty 385 hp at a healthy 7,400 RPM. Three pedal enthusiasts are rejoicing as all that power is sent to the rear wheels via a 6 speed manual transmission as the only option. The transmission is even mounted on dynamic mounts that alter stiffness. It seems that Porsche doesn’t like to give their customers choice when it comes to transmissions as the 911 GT3 and the recently announced 911 GT3 RS come only in a PDK dual clutch and no manual transmission offered. The Cayman GT4 also gets other go fast goodies such as sport suspension which lets the car sit 30mm lower, carbon-ceramic brakes, and lightweight seats. At 1,340 kg, it weighs the same as a Cayman S. Porsche say that the Cayman GT4 will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 4.2 seconds, which is half a second quicker than the 340 horsepower Cayman GTS. Prices will start at $84,600 USD

Here is a first look video of the Cayman GT4  taken live from the 2015 Geneva International Motorshow:

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