My Ride
Porsche’s Cayman GT4
Has Got The Power

by Jean-Philippe Blanchard
Once a sports car enthusiast, always a sports car enthusiast. Usually they like cars that go fast, tires that hug the road at every swift turn, and an engine that roars louder than the car next to them. Porsche has always been a favorite in the world of sports cars. This year, the Porsche GT family added a new member to their fleet and it’s making headlines in all the major car rating sites: the Cayman GT4, which celebrated its world premiere in early March at the Geneva International Motor Show.
With a horsepower of 395 at 7500rpm, that’s something to talk about. This is the first Porsche GT sports car based on the Cayman and features components of the 911 GT3. Clocking a lap time of seven minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring, the Cayman GT4 earns the same lap time as the 2011 911 GT3 and positions itself as the new benchmark atop its market segment.
Outside, the Cayman GT4 has sharp curves, specifically designed to carve through the wind. The highly distinctive front spoiler lip stretches across the full width of the front apron. All of these elements allow for an increase in aerodynamic downforce at the front axle. In front, titanium-colored expanded-metal grilles protect the radiators from stone impact. The muscular fenders typical of any Porsche incorporate Bi-Xenon™ headlights with an internal black theme.
Other available options for this two-seater include the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system, full bucket seats made of carbon fiber composite, and a custom Sport Chrono Package featuring a Track Precision app.
Every feature is built to speed and boost performance. Equipped with 20” alloy wheels in platinum color, the wheels fill out the wheel arches, which, in conjunction with the sport tires fitted as standard, improve both traction and cornering performance. Powered by a 385 hp 3.8-liter flat-six engine derived from the 911 Carrera S engine, the Cayman GT4 transmits its power solely through a six-speed manual transmission with dynamic gearbox mounts. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in 4.2 seconds; its top track speed is 183 mph. Now that’s impressive. Technical aspects are based on the 911 GT3. As a mid-engine sports car and a prime example of driving dynamics in its class, it follows the conceptual tradition of such cars as the 904 GTS, 911 GT1, Carrera GT and 918 Spyder.
Inside, the Cayman has standard sport seats, which are upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara®. The new Cayman GT4 sport steering wheel guarantees ideal control and direct steering feedback due to its compact dimensions.
When it comes to communication, there is Porsche Communication Management, as well as the Audiosystem CDR with a CDR Plus option.
To get your ultimate Cayman, we recommend building your own on the Porsche site. Colors go from Black to Guards Red and Racing Yellow. For $710, other color choices include Jet Black Metallic, Sapphire Blue Metallic, etc.
Get ready for the Cayman GT4 to arrive at U.S. dealers in July 2015. The starting MSRP for the Cayman GT4 is $84,600. Note* MSRP does not include a destination charge of $995.