What do Porsche engineers do when they are sick of making the 911 over and over? They snort a line and make the Cayman GT4. The 2016 Cayman GT4 is the most hardcore Cayman yet. It has a mid mounted 3.8 L 6 cylinder out of the 911 Carrera S, making an adequate 385 horsepower at 7400 rpm. What’s shifting this power into gear? A manual and only ever a manual (WOO!). The gear ratio’s have an insane gap though, allowing all the way up to 83 mph in 2nd, and the other 4 gears are cruising gears essentially. This car will fly to 60 in 4.2 seconds and that’s quite fast for a naturally aspirated 6 cylinder, exceedingly quick.
Lets discuss the body, oh this sexy body. From the flared back fenders to the fixed spoiler on the back (creating 220 lbs. of down force at the top speed of 183mph). Though it mostly looks like a Cayman GTS, it feels so much more special. It is slightly larger than its little brother at 174.7 inches long but its less fat, weighing in at 2955 lbs. Almost all of its components come from the amazing 911 GT3, yes, the track monster. The suspension, steering, and optional carbon ceramics all from the GT3. The rear suspension though had to be completely reworked to fit the GT4. By putting the GT3’s rotors on the GT4 means, huge ass wheels, 20’s to be exact. Slapped on these wheels are Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires and they are quite sticky. Cabin wise this car has the seats from the 918 and thus the seating position is lower than the typical Cayman. While the interior is seemingly bare, does it really matter due to the fact that there is a sport option?
Road and Track had a go around in the Cayman GT4 and they said it was immaculate on the track but on the roads it had a bit of under steer and bounce due to stiffness. Then they mention just how sticky the Pilot Cup 2’s were, saying they were made of “50/50 rubber and Krazy Glue”. Around the ring it was able to throw down a 7:40, I believe that is conservative lap time and can do much better. The GT4 name will go down in the books as a track eater and rightfully so. Immense grip and smooth ability to mid corner up-shift is impeccable. This car is so well balanced, I just need to have it! To bad none of us over here in the U.S can own it because only around 1250 examples are all accounted for (unless you are one of those), what a shame. Time to wait on the used car market, or hopefully they continue this beautiful model. Long live the Cayman GT4!