I don’t know about you but I love the new Cayman GT4. Until the 992 GT3 Touring comes out, the 718 GT4 is currently my number one choice for a new Porsche. Everything about it, the looks, the engine, that beautiful clutch pedal, just gives me goosebumps. And honestly, I really don’t care too much for the speed. I mean, 420 hp and a 4.1 second 0-60 are not slow by any means, but that’s not what the GT4 is about. It’s a true driver’s car and the closest thing we can get to the sports cars of the “good old days.”
For me, this doesn’t matter, but for a lot of potential buyers, the fact that the GT4 isn’t a 911 is a real deal breaker. Most people don’t want to spend $100,000+ on a Cayman, and that’s just the power of branding. No matter how much they spend speccing out a GT4, it will always feel inferior to the 911. Because of this, it would be very reasonable to assume that the GT4 is slower than it’s bigger, rear engined brother. Very funny.
The truth seems to be quite the opposite. Just last week, a Cayman GT4 set a hot lap at the Lausitzring that was nearly half a second faster than a PDK equipped 992 Carrera S (keep in mind the GT4 is manual only). So not only is a GT4 cheaper than a Carrera S now, but it’s proven to be faster around a track as well.
Quite frankly, I’m not that surprised. The GT4 is only 30 hp down on the 911 while being almost 200 lbs lighter than a PDK equipped Carrera S. The GT4 is also built by Porsche’s GT Division meaning it has more track focused suspension; it’s not joking around.
This makes me wonder just how fast the upcoming GT4RS will be. That car is rumored to have around 500 hp and a PDK transmission? Can it beat the GT3, or should I say, will Porsche let it beat the GT3? If it does, I think this will have a major impact on Cayman and Boxster sales as they won’t be seen as an inferior model anymore much like how a Lamborghini Huracan Performante really isn’t seen as inferior to an Aventador or how a Ferrari F8 Tributo isn’t seen as inferior to an 812 Superfast.
I’m very curious to see how this will play out since Porsche is clearly stepping out of their comfort zone with the new GT4. All I know is that I have many more reasons to love the GT4 now.
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