Porsche created one of the best driver-focused sports cars in the world with the Cayman. For years, the Porsche Cayman has proven itself to be the drivers’ best friend, delivering pure RWD thrills with phenomenal day-to-day handling. In fact, most of Porsche’s cars, even at the supercar level, are really great driver’s cars, staying practical without sacrificing performance. The Cayman was such a masterpiece of brilliant cars, but over time the gearboxes started screaming for more power. As nice as the Cayman was, people wanted much more of it and eventually Porsche fulfilled that wish with the Cayman GT4.
Remarkably, the Cayman GT4 is a car that not many people thought would exist, as it combined the very best parts from the very best Porsches. The styling of a 911 GT3 RS, one of the greatest sports cars of all time, and the heart of a GT3 combined into a Cayman to create the Porsche Cayman GT4. Many would even argue that the Porsche Cayman GT4 is one of the best sports cars in the world, even better and more exciting than the iconic Porsche 911. Here are ten reasons why they make the money well.
10 The Porsche Cayman GT4 remains a naturally aspirated beast
In an era of turbocharged mills and electrified powertrains, the Porsche Cayman comes with a naturally aspirated engine. Today, not many sports cars run with pure, unadulterated engines, but not the Cayman GT4.
Porsche took the engine from the 911 GT3 and placed it under the hood of the Cayman. Despite being slightly less tuned than the unit on the 911 GT3, the Cayman GT4’s 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine delivers 493 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque with a maximum redline of 8,000 rpm. On the RS version of the Cayman GT4, that red line goes up to 9,000 rpm, rivaling that of the famed Lexus LFA.
9 The style features of the Porsche 911 GT3 make the Cayman GT4 heartbreakingly beautiful
Styling is a department where the Porsche Cayman GT4 is downright flawless. The exterior of the Cayman GT4 is inspired by the latest generation 911 GT3 and picks up styling cues throughout the design.
The housing is similar to the Cayman GT4 RS, which was inspired by the 911 GT3 RS and the GT2 RS. In no way is the styling of the Cayman GT4 aggressive, and the car is absolutely breathtaking to look at with its eye-catching LED highlights. Even at the rear, the Cayman GT4 has a seamless taillight that runs across the entire rear bumper, which is a clear reference to the 911 GT3.
8 The acceleration of the Cayman GT4 is melting
When it comes to European sports cars that can go blindingly fast from 0 to 60 mph, more often than not you have to spend a serious amount of money. Although the Porsche Cayman GT4 costs about $140,000, it offers some serious speed that rivals cars nearly double that price.
The regular Cayman GT4 can go from 0 to 60 in just 3.7 seconds, right in the middle of second gear. That figure is even more astonishing on the Cayman GT4 RS, which reached 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds. Quarter-miles of 11 seconds were previously the domain of the all-wheel-drive 911 Turbo, but the Cayman 718 GT4 breaks that territory with a time of 11.9 seconds on the quarter-mile.
7 The Porsche Cayman GT4 is one of the best handling cars ever made
It simply cannot be underestimated how phenomenally good a car the Porsche Cayman GT4 is. The Cayman GT4 proved itself in a straight line, but shone even brighter in the corners, emerging as an amazingly balanced sports car that makes it the perfect track toy.
With its perfect weight and phenomenal steering feedback, the Porsche Cayman GT4 uses all its 493 horsepower and deploys it perfectly every time you press the pedal. With the Cayman GT4, Porsche has truly created one of the most communicative cars to drive today, fusing driver and machine through brilliant handling.
6 The exhaust note of the Porsche Cayman GT4 is pure car music
Gearheads lament the loss of mean-sounding engines that aren’t as common as they were on the street. There’s no denying that modern cars sound pretty neutered, but when you push the Cayman GT4, the flat-six engine delivers pure atmospheric symphony to your ears.
With no artificial or artificial sounds, what happens at the engine level is exactly what enters your ears. The sound of the Cayman GT4 makes the German sports car as captivating as it is breathtaking.
5 Porsche created a pure track monster with the Cayman GT4
Of course, the Porsche Cayman GT4 isn’t as powerful as the 911 GT3, but it doesn’t have to be. When it comes to the track, the 718 Cayman GT4 makes power figures irrelevant, especially since the latter costs over $170,000. While the Cayman has its fastest lap time at the Nürburgring at 7:42.39, the 911 GT3 has a much more stunning time of 6:55:34.
With exceptional road holding and plenty of power under the hood, the Cayman remains just as fun to drive as a 911 GT3. While not quite as fast, the GT4 is certainly just as thrilling, and you can turn it around corners with complete confidence, enjoying the RWD fun.
4 Both transmissions on the Porsche Cayman GT4 are a dream to operate
The transmission options that Porsche offers on the Cayman 718 GT4 are a win-win situation. Initially, Porsche only offered the Cayman GT4 with a 6-speed manual transmission, but later the car also got a 7-speed PDK transmission.
Both transmissions are flawless on the Cayman GT4, and the manual provides the perfect shifting feel through its long gear ratio and automatic rev-matching features. The 7-speed automatic transmission is also dreamily smooth to operate, which spoils customers with the choice in the transmission department. If you want to opt for a smooth ride for a daily driving GT4, the automatic transmission is your friend, but if you want the pleasure of shifting gears and let the car talk to you while shifting, the manual is the obvious choice.
3 The Cayman GT4 evokes the inner racing driver in you
While its track-bred brother, the GT4 RS, is the most capable on the track, the standard Porsche Cayman GT4 is no slouch either. From the interior itself, you know they’re in the cabin of a driver-focused, race-inspired car that wants to go fast.
Porsche does not equip the GT4 with gimmicks on the center console. Instead, they’ve given the car everything it needs to be as performance-oriented as possible. With cockpit controls for active exhaust control, sport suspension tuning and traction controls, the Porsche GT4 is sure to bring out your inner driver.
2 Porsche’s Cayman GT4 is better value for money than the Porsche 911
For a brand new Porsche 911, one would have to pay about $105,000, and the price tag for a 911 Turbo model is much higher: $175,000. The Cayman GT4, which sells for only about $100,000. While the price difference between the 911 and GT4 is marginal, the GT4 clearly offers a lot more for the money.
The 911 cars focus more on luxury, while the Cayman offers a comfortable cabin that may not be as chic, but it certainly isn’t bad. What’s more, you get a naturally aspirated engine and the heart of a GT3, with better styling features and a better look on the road. When it comes to overall value for money, the Porsche Cayman GT4 undeniably beats the 911 by its merits.
1 The Porsche Cayman GT4 remains a hero from a bygone ice age
The era of the internal combustion engine is unfortunately coming to an end, whether we like it or not. Porsche has also embraced the changing times with their newer all-electric models, and the new Cayman GT4 E-Performance is the way forward.
For Cayman GT4 owners today, however, this also means getting all the thrills the naturally aspirated, gas-powered Cayman GT4 has to offer. At the same time, if the ICE ban does come, the value of this phenomenal sports car will only increase over the years.