One of the vehicles that recently made a huge splash in the auto industry is the Porsche Cayman GT-4. For years, it has been thought that the Cayman, if given the power and handling modifications of a 911, would be able to show its bigger brother that a mid engine layout was far superior. Porsche has finally decided to oblige its' enthusiasts and make the Cayman GT-4. This new model is rocking a 385 hp, 310 lb-ft, flat six right out of a 911. The engine is 3.8 liters and naturally aspirated. The thing that stands out the most about this new model is that it is sporting a 6 speed manual transmission. No, this is not an option; you can only get this vehicle with a manual transmission. This vehicle was built for the purists.
For starters, it is said that many of the parts on the new GT-4 have come from the famous 911 GT-3. This has some serious implications for the GT-4. For starters, the GT-4 costs 2/3 of the price of the GT-3. The engine is the same platform as that in the GT-3. They are both the same 3.8-liter platform. The GT-4 is just a down-tuned version for obvious reasons. If they GT-4 was given the same power as the GT-3 then who would pay 40 grand more for the GT-3. The 911 is pumping out 475 horse power, that’s 90 horses more than the GT-4 but there is only a 15 lb-ft difference for torque. This makes for similar acceleration. The GT-3 will do 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and the GT-4 will do it in 3.8 seconds. The ¼ mile comes at a quick 12 seconds flat for the GT-4 and a marginally quicker 11.4 seconds for the GT-3. I’m not sure how much of a difference it makes for the end user but the GT-4 will top out at 183mph and the GT-3 will hit 195 mph.
The GT-4 has also stolen the suspension from the GT-3 that makes for a huge advantage when it comes to the handling of the GT-4. Remember the “widow maker” effect caused by an over powered vehicle and a loose rear end due to the rear engine, that doesn’t exist in a mid engine vehicle. The GT-3 has had a notorious history of losing its read end and slamming the vehicle and its occupants into various inanimate objects. This will not be the case with the GT-4. It is said to be so well planted due to the weight distribution, adjustable roll cages and variable camber settings.
After you get all of these modification to the base Caymen, the next logical thing to do is to take it to the track to see how it performs. And what better way to measure the performance of the GT-4 than with Porsches own track app. The official name of the app is the Porsche Track Precision app. This app is able to track many statistics about the vehicles performance as well as the drivers performance. With this app the driver will get feedback on information such as speed, steering angle, braking, acceleration and engine speed. Another function of the app is the ability to compare laps and watch a ghost lap vs the current lap that you would like to watch. Overall the new GT-4 is going to be a fun vehicle with a lot to offer for enthusiasts.