The Early Cayman GT4 Reviews Are Arriving

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth

The first round of reviews for the Porsche Cayman GT4 is coming in this week. Unsurprisingly, they are all rather hosanna-esque in nature; Porsche PR won’t permit anything less. With that said, this is the combination of Porker-LEGOS for which a lot of people have been asking for a long time, and there are some interesting tidbits from the reviews, summarized below.

* “Production capacity” limits the GT4 to 2500 units worldwide and about half that for the US. Surely the limiting factor here is a product of Porsche’s own imagination because the GT4 does not appear to have any unobtanium parts or difficult third-party sourcing. This will probably cause a bit of a bidding war at some Porsche dealers, so be prepared.

* The body-in-white is supposedly reinforced in a few different areas and is unique to the GT4.

* Front suspension is from the 911 GT3. The rear suspension is unique to the Cayman. Wheels are five-bolt, not center-lock.

* Like the Nissan 370Z, the GT4 has an automatic rev-matching feature for downshifts. It can be disabled.

* My friend at Road&Track, Jason Cammisa, found understeer at the limit.

* There’s a Nurburgring time, of course, that time being 7m40s.

Equipped to match my 2004 Boxster Anniversary, minus the special-equipment leather from my car and without carbon brakes, the GT4 checks in at about ninety-four thousand dollars. In Porsche-land, this amounts to a bargain; my Boxster’s MSRP of $61,450 adjusted for inflation is seventy-nine grand today, for a car with 115 fewer horsepower, less impressive running gear, and the infamous M96 engine. If you can find a dealer to sell you the car at sticker, you might want to consider getting one.

Alternately, for less money you can get a Corvette Z06 or the base $84,995 Dodge Viper. The blah-blah of Ring times aside, I cannot adequately convey how much faster either one of those cars would be around any racetrack of any size in even remotely capable hands. If you don’t care about racetrack times, then forget the Cayman GT4 entirely and get a Boxster. The top goes down, which is nice on sunny days and makes for very nice first dates.

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  • 05lgt 05lgt on Mar 11, 2015

    If you don’t care about racetrack times or badges, then forget the Cayman GT4 entirely and get a Miata. The top goes down, which is nice on sunny days and makes for very nice first dates, and the TCO is very reasonable. Fixed.

  • Cognoscenti Cognoscenti on Mar 12, 2015

    I have a question for the Porsche owners, as someone who has considered a used Cayman purchase for years. How do you overcome the stereotype that Porsche owners are jerks? Not trying to be a troll in any way - this is an earnest question.

    • Waftable Torque Waftable Torque on Mar 12, 2015

      My suggestion would be to dress up when driving one. Put on a sport shirt and blazer instead of an Ed Hardy T-shirt and baseball cap. A high status car and low status driver leads most observers to the same mental shortcut: "douche bag".

  • Johnny ringo It's an interesting vehicle, I'd like to see VW offer the two row Buzz in the states also.
  • Chuck Norton And guys are having wide spread issues with the 10 speed transmission with the HP numbers out of the factory......
  • Zerofoo "Hyundais just got better and better during the 1990s, though, and memories of those shoddy Excels faded."Never. A friend had an early 90s Hyundai Excel as his college beater. One day he decided that the last tank of gas he bought was worth more than the car. He drove it to empty and then he and his fraternity brothers pushed it into the woods and left it there.
  • Kwik_Shift There are no new Renegades for sale within my geographic circle of up to 85 kms. Looks like the artificial shortage game. They bring one in, 10 buyers line up for it, $10,000 over MSRP. Yeah. Like with a lot of new cars.
  • Ribbedroof In Oklahoma, no less!