The Porsche Cayman GT4 is the closest a Cayman has ever got to the iconic Porsche 911 and is also the first Cayman to wear a GT badge. The GT4 uses a slightly de-tuned version of the flat six, 3.8 litre engine that is used in the Porsche 911. It produces 385 BHP and can get to 62 mph in an astonishing 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 183mph. With the GT4 the only option is the 6 speed manual gearbox which aims to keep the track day enthusiasts happy. The GT4 is happy to rev and hits its peak power at 7400 rpm, its a great performer when paired with an enthusiastic right foot.
The GT4 is a rear-mid engined car that drives its power through the rear wheels and this set up provides excellent balance and driver dynamics. This car, although inherently a GT and bound for the track days it doesn’t feel too harsh on the road going surfaces I experienced, and the drivability and satisfaction achieved from the perfectly set up steering and suspension make this an all round brilliant car. Availability of the Sport button just tightens up the GT4 ideally for a flat track, the Sport exhaust button should be on constantly; the sound resonates though the cabin bringing pleasure to all senses . Plenty of options are available for the GT4 but they certainly don’t come cheap, the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) are £4977 and full bucket seats will set you back an extra £1907. Add onto that Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and Satellite Navigation (£2141) and Sport Chromo Package (£1085) and the cost of the GT4 quickly mounts up.
The GT4 isn’t much different to a regular Cayman on the inside, the sports seats are very good at keeping you in place when sweeping through a corner and the swathes of Alcantara on the seats and steering wheel are classy. The SportDesign steering wheel is 10mm smaller in the GT4 and the gear lever is in an ideal location for slick gear changes. The interior and cabin quality are excellent and the layout is easy to manage, within the comforting sports seats the Cayman GT4 is a pleasing car to be sat in. Incredibly for a car capable of moronic speeds there is room for a bit of shopping, the front and rear of the car equal to around 425 litres of space.
Verdict On track or road the Porsche Cayman GT4 excels, its comfortable to an extent, fast, loud, extremely fun to drive and is one of the best all round GT cars I’ve ever driven. There is also 425 litres of luggage space which means a weekend away with two bags is easily achievable. The Cayman GT4 was so hotly anticipated by Porsche fans that even before its showing at the Geneva Motor show it had sold out. That means if you want to get your hands on one you will have to wait until one comes available on the second hand car market, but I can’t imagine any owner giving up their new GT4 just yet...unless its for a small fortune prices are already up to £90k.