By on February 4, 2015

Porsche Cayman GT4

A fan of Porsche’s 911 GT3, but would prefer something smaller? How about the Cayman GT4?

Power for the first-ever Cayman GT comes from a 3.8-liter flat-six derived from the engine pushing the 911 Carrera S along. A six-speed manual with dynamic gearbox mounts is the sole transmission available. Top speed is 183 mph, and zero to 60 comes in 4.2 seconds.

Braking, suspension and chassis components throughout the Cayman GT4 come from the 911 GT3, with ceramic composite brakes available as an option. Other features include extensive aero; leather and Alcantara bucket seats with optional carbon fiber composite; sport steering wheel providing direct feedback to the driver; and a Sport Chrono Package with Track Precision app.

The Cayman GT4 is set to bow at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show in March before heading into U.S. showrooms in July. The price of admission will begin at $84,600, plus $995 destination.

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31 Comments on “Geneva 2015: Porsche Cayman GT4 Revealed Ahead Of Show Debut...”


  • avatar

    No matter how much you spend on a Porsche you can never fill all of the buttons next to the shifter.

    That’s bad design.

    They should have either bigger buttons or specific packages to make the interior components not look cheap.

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      That’s because some options are only available in some markets and because no matter how much you spend on a German car they always want to tell you that you could have spent more ;-)

      No one will ever be quite good enough for Ze German car

    • 0 avatar
      energetik9

      Really, of all the things this car brings to the table, for you it’s about a couple silly buttons?

    • 0 avatar
      SunnyvaleCA

      >>> That’s bad design <<<
      Nope. That's a made up story. There are no buttons next to the shifter. Sorry… try again.

      The only blanks I can see on mine are two on the steering wheel made to look like thumb rests. They are for shifting the automatic, or so I am told. Also, they are gone in 2009+ models.

  • avatar
    John R

    Whew! $86.5k before you think about anything else…

    I may not be type of person for this as that tag might have me running to the new Z06…or waiting a year or two for a second hand GT3

    • 0 avatar
      sproc

      I nearly laughed out loud at that number. For fun, I’d be more curious what the “check every box” price would be. Is it possible to actually double the base price? Still, very impressive machine.

      • 0 avatar
        ccd1

        You can check for yourself. The car is scheduled to be officially unveiled at Geneva next month, but the damn car is already in the Porsche Configurator at their site! Talk about marketing!

        Anyway, you would have to get pretty crazy with the option list to get much above $100,000. Not cheap, but not double the price either

    • 0 avatar
      energetik9

      Compared to the 911 lineup, this car is priced well. I suspect most will be sold as track cars. Personally, this car makes my mouth water. 911 performance in a mid-engine platform. The Cayman is already known for sublime handling. The added power, suspension, and brakes might make this a car like no other.

      • 0 avatar
        ccd1

        I disagree in part. If you hew to a more traditional definition of a sports car as being relatively small, light, RWD and having a manual (or at least the option of one), what competitors does this car have?

        There are those of us who would say cars the size of the 911/Vette are generally more GT in size than sports car. We would also say a sports car should be in the 3,000 lb range or less. The Fiat 4C comes closest to this traditional definition but it lacks a manual option as is FAR less practical.

        Don’t need to need a track car to appreciate what this car is.

    • 0 avatar
      David Walton

      You’ll wait a decade before you see a 2014/2015 GT3 for that price…

  • avatar
    Jacob

    Where are the cup holders? Supersize please.

  • avatar
    Stumpaster

    Could you please tell us more about this newfangled “sport steering wheel providing direct feedback to the driver”? Because it is either some new superwheel, or you are expressing an opinion without having driven the car.

  • avatar
    CarnotCycle

    Awww, Porsche felt sorry for all the kids who couldn’t afford a real Panzer; so they put an LSD and aero-kit on the Kubelwagen I see.

    • 0 avatar
      ellomdian

      If Porsche ever banned the sales and marketing guys from a product strategy meeting, the Cayman’s performance capabilities would have blown the 911 out of the water years ago. The only people who still claim the 911 makes a better sports car drink to kool-aid to ensure their next comp ride arrives in time.

      But when you have people lining up to buy an expensive status symbol they don’t even know how to drive at 50%, and when that single. fucking. car. influences an incredibly successful (and lucrative) line of SUV’s and Sedans, why bother going for greatness when you can make billions making ‘good enough’ seem better?

      TL;DR – Get your stupid GT car out of the way of my Sports car.

      • 0 avatar
        ccd1

        If you look at sales figures, the Sales & Marketing people have a point. Porsche sells over 2 times the number of 911s (6,000-7,000) than Cayman/Boxsters (2,000-3,000) and the profit per vehicle has to be higher for the 911 as well.

        Given the disparate sales figures, no one is going to risk cannibalizing 911 sales. We should feel fortunate that Porsche decided to build a GT4 at all.

    • 0 avatar
      energetik9

      No one is going to shop a Cayman GT4 because they aren’t at the 911 price point.

  • avatar
    energetik9

    I see they just posted Nurburgring lap times. It matched the GT3 times of the last gen at 7:40, which is impressive. That puts it faster than a Ford GT, Camaro ZR1, and an Audi R8 (V10). Not buying the posted 0-60 time. 4.2 seems far to slow considering the specs, but Porsche is usually comically conservative on those numbers.

    • 0 avatar
      SunnyvaleCA

      If the 987 S version of the car is anything to go on (and the cars do share the same transmission), the gearing isn’t well suited to 0-60 runs. The 987 S goes about 40 MPH and 75 MPH in first and second gears respectively.

      What the 987 S gearing loses in 0-60 times it makes up for over 100 MPH, with shifts into 4th, 5th, and 6th being about 20% increments each. (i.e.: shifting at 6800 RPM only drops you to 5670). The car can use all of 6th gear, pulling just about to redline. I’d assume the GT4 is similar, which would mean a great transmission for the ‘ring.

      That said, compared to other cars available in the USA at this price point, this car is hardly powerful. It would have been nice if they had actually put the GT3’s 500+ HP engine in it, even if they charged $100k.

      • 0 avatar
        energetik9

        I don’t argue with anything you said, but to just focus on the 0-60 times for a moment. Even a Cayman S hits 0-60 in 4.2. A Cayman GT4 uses a variant of the same engine in my 911 adding 60hp and 38lb-ft of toque over the S. I’m guessing it’s in the 3.6 range, maybe even 3.5. I’m more excited about the weight distribution and handling myself. Overall, I’m guessing this is a better overall platform than the 911, now that the HP is around the 400 range.

  • avatar
    ect

    Do the gauges somehow appear in the circle on the right side of the instrument panel? It seems peculiar to nothing but a speedometer and tach.

  • avatar
    tjh8402

    Bless you Porsche for this wonderful gift. The Panamera, Macan, and Cayenne are easily forgiven with offering such as this.

  • avatar
    focal

    I’m so tempted by this car to launch me into my first sports car. I’m the perfect age to have others call this a mid life crisis, compensation for deficiencies and to maximize my show off nature.

    https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/sports-cars-arent-just-men-midlife-crisis/

    serious note, my one week hesitation may damn me for ever to get a 2nd hand as the first year allotment is probably sold with 2016 supplies starting to dwindle. Hesitate for a few more weeks and I may even miss out on the 2017 (if even available). This GT4 defines all I want out of a sports car. My value oriented nature may even say the base Cayman with a few performance options is the perfect fit, but your inner “wants” will mean you want the best of this generation of Cayman.

    sucks to dream, YOLO is such a passé cliche but the inner want is drawing me to this car. It’s so impractical but utterly desirable. Maybe I’m just tired of being so prudent all my life. who knows. I will be a road douchebag before I’m 50.

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