Porsche’s all-new Cayman GT4 flagship, spied testing early last year, has been revealed at last.
Unveiled this week in the lead-up to its Geneva premiere, the new Cayman hero will hit Australia in the third quarter of 2015 from $190,300.
That price marks a nearly $30,000 premium over the existing Cayman GTS, but Porsche says fans shouldn’t see the new GT4 as a merely enhanced version of that earlier champion.
“We didn’t make this out of a Cayman GTS,” Porsche GT boss Andreas Preuninger told the UK’s Autocar this week. “This is an entry-level mid-engined GT3 car.”
The Cayman GT4 is so inspired by the 911 GT3, in fact, that major work had to be undertaken just to accommodate its bigger engine.
Power in the track-ready rampager is provided by a revised version of the 911 Carrera S’s 3.8 litre naturally-aspirated flat six, punching out 283kW at 7400rpm and 420Nm of torque from 4750 to 6000rpm.
By comparison, the Cayman GTS draws its urge from Porsche’s smaller and less powerful 243kW 3.4 litre six.
The GT4’s boxer engine is matched to a six-speed manual exclusively (a PDK option was considered but ultimately rejected), and Porsche promises a 0-100km/h time of just 4.4 seconds.
Also taken from the 911 GT3 is the Cayman’s electric power steering, front axle and suspension, while the rear axle and forged aluminium double wishbone setup was developed specifically for the Cayman GT4.
The GT4 also boasts a 30mm lower ride height than the GTS, along with “a generously sized brake system” in standard steel or optional carbon-ceramic.
There’s also new forged 20-inch wheels, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres: 245/35 at the front, borrowed again from the 911 GT3, and a bespoke 295/30 at the rear.
All of this combines to deliver, Porsche says, a 7:40 lap of the Nurburgring’s North Loop, making the Cayman GT4 a new benchmark for its segment.
And, with the GT3 expected to be the only non-turbo 911 in Porsche’s future line-up, we might expect the GT4 badge and engine package to continue into the next generation of Caymans.
Australian deliveries will begin in the third quarter of 2015.