It wouldn’t be an anniversary if Cayman didn’t offer something special to celebrate a decade of tarmac burning. 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 is the strongest version of a sports car yet, and should remain for some time. Presented at Geneva Motor Show, new Cayman is bound to arrive sometime this year, and it represents a look into the future of this 2-door coupe.
2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Engine & Performance
Like in the rest of the lineup, engine is positioned at rear-mid, and the car rolls with rear-wheel drive configuration. Unlike the rest of the line, however, 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 gets 3.8L flat-6 center piece which delivers 385 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. These are the largest figures seen in any Cayman so far, but GT4 still lags behind its bigger cousin 911 with the same engine.
6-speed manual transmission is the only available option since PDK gearbox didn’t find its way to the GT. In any case, the car is capable of achieving top speed of 185 mph and 0 to 60 time in 4.4 seconds. As you can to see, traditionaly, Porsche making cars which bring awesome performance.
Design – Inside and Outside look
There’s not much to say about Cayman GT4’s exterior design. It’s Porsche-true and looks like any other Cayman for that part. However, keen eye will notice a few differences, apart from the large spoiler mounted on the rear end. Frontal bumper has been revised and lowered. It is bolstered and has different air intakes. Rear end is generally the same, but aforementioned spoiler really makes the difference anyway. Moreover, singular, mid-mounted exhaust pipe has been replaced by dual exhausts in the same position.
Interior is similar, if not the same to those in regular models. There’s suede all over the cabin, from supportive seats, over door panels, to dashboard covers and roof pillars. If something isn’t covered with suede, it is covered in leather or soft-touch plastic. Dash itself is of a simple variety and was already seen in other Cayman’s. Everything is space-efficient in 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4, and so is instrument panel with touch screen display positioned at the summit of downward-sloping middle tunnel with shift lever and controls.
GT version of Cayman offers you plenty of safety systems, including all mandatory options, and even some options, not so common in sports cars. Rearview camera, and both front and rear parking sensors are standard, but optional carbon-ceramic brakes are what piques our interest. However, even standard, steel ones are more than capable of braking with ease in most extreme of conditions.
2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Price and MPG
With its flat-6 engine, Cayman GT4 is rated at 16 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, but these are European figures. 23 mpg combined are also a bit higher than what EPA will probably come out with, but they’ll have to suffice for the time being. GT4 starts from $85,595 which might seem like a hefty price tag for a Cayman, but it has to be noted that this is the lowest figure for any Porsche GT in the U.S. so far.
2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 is the most exciting Cayman so far and represents many things. First and foremost, it should be the role-model for future Cayman’s which are supposed to close the gap between themselves and 911’s.