Hardcore Cayman GT4 set for Geneva roll-out

Allow us to introduce you to the Porsche Cayman GT4, the first Cayman to wear Porsche’s famed GT badge.

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Said to share many components with the legendary 911 GT3, the Cayman GT4 has lapped the Nordschleife in a rapid 7 minutes, 40 seconds in testing.

More focused than the recently-announced GTS, the purely two-seat Cayman GT4 eschews comfort for ultimate dynamics, sending it right to the top of Trailing Throttle‘s list of cars to drive in 2015.

For the first time a 3.8-litre version of Porsche’s flat-six has been installed amidships for the Cayman GT4. Derived from the 911 Carrera S powerplant, it produces 283kW in Cayman GT4 trim. Enthusiasts will also rejoice at the sole transmission option, a six-speed manual gearbox with dynamic mounts fitted as standard. Thus equipped the Cayman GT4 will sprint to 100km/h in 4.4sec and hit an astonishing 295km/h flat-out. Fuel consumption, just in case you are into that kind of thing, is pegged at 10.3L/100km.

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A look at the specs beyond the headline act indicates the Cayman GT4 is a mini-GT3. The chassis sits some 30mm lower and the suspension componentry, along with its braking system, has already been seen on the 991-series 911 GT3.

Porsche states the Cayman GT4 is the first Cayman to generate downforce at both axles, thanks to three aggressive air inlets up-front and a fixed rear wing.  As ever, if you want your Porsche GT even harder, you can option carbon-ceramic brakes, carbon-fibre reinforced plastic seat shells, a custom Sport Chrono package with ‘Track Precision’ app and a Club Sport package.

The Geneva International Motor Show will play host to the GT4’s global introduction. Porsche Australia says the Cayman GT4 will be available in Australia from the third quarter of 2015, priced from $190,300; some $29,400 more than the manual Cayman GTS.

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