Porsche Cayman GT4: ruffling the GT3’s feathers

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Yesterday was a good day in motoring news. The new all wheel drive Ford Focus RS was revealed as was the successor to the Ferrari 458 Italia known as the 488 GTB. There was also word of a new road going racecar by Porsche. The much awaited Cayman GT4.

This is the first time the top-tier GT model is gracing the mid range sports car. Sharing many components from the 911 GT3, this is no show-car. More like hot rod.

The larger 3.8 litre straight six engine from the Carrera S has been made to fit its smaller brother. Pumping out 382bhp revving way up the range to 7,400 RPM with power being served to the wheels via a manual gearbox. Only. The car will accelerate to 62mph in 4.4secs, which is nearly 0.9secs slower than its big brother, the GT3.

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There is no PDK here, which may make purists angry that this option should have been on the GT3 too.

Built for the racetrack, the GT4 has a new aerodynamic package, which helps reduce lift and generate down force but also increases cooling for the larger engine.

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The interior is bathed in leather and Alcantara, and if the owner wishes to go a little more hardcore, carbon fibre reinforced shell backed racing seats and carbon ceramic brakes can be fitted as options.

Priced at £64,451, which is roughly about £10,000 more than the Cayman GTS however it is nearly £40,000 cheaper than a GT3. It isn’t nearly as fast as the GT3 or as powerful but for a saving of £40,000 and the joy of manually changing gear could sway a number of 911 buyers to go for the younger brother.

 

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