Future classic: Porsche Cayman GT4

| 7 May 2020
Classic & Sports Car – Future classic – Porsche Cayman GT4

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The phrase ‘race car for the road’ is more than mere marketing puff when it comes to the Cayman GT4.

When the Panamera was updated, for example, Porsche dragged its Le Mans-contending 919 around the streets of London in the wee hours saying that the two were blood brothers.

With this, it didn’t need to bother attempting to highlight the racing pedigree, nor does it need to do much marketing because you won’t find a bad word about it in any review, anywhere.

Classic & Sports Car – Future classic – Porsche Cayman GT4

Compare the GT4 and the ClubSport car that races in championships such as British GT and you’ll notice just how close they are, from the road car’s 420bhp 4-litre and the racer’s 425bhp 3.8-litre flat-sixes to their 310 and 313lb ft of torque.

The GT4 is just 100kg heavier, too, at 1420kg. Carbon-ceramic brakes aren’t allowed in the competition, but Porsche will add them to your road car for £5597, and with the ClubSport upgrade package (as here) you’ll also get a fire extinguisher and surprisingly comfortable bucket seats with HANS compatibility.

Getting in and out is a task, but what did you expect? And you’ll be climbing in as much as possible.

Classic & Sports Car – Future classic – Porsche Cayman GT4

This updated GT4 was until very recently one of the last resting places for Weissach’s normally aspirated flat-six.

In its most basic form it is from the 911 GT3 sans turbos, with the suspension also transferring down the line and the platform being tweaked for the mid-engined layout.

Bolted unceremoniously to the rear is a fixed wing that combines with a new diffuser up front to create 128kg of downforce.

That’s up to 50% more than its predecessor. So to say the GT4 is planted is redundant.

And then there’s the name: 718. That small-engined flyer born of F1 that could give Ferraris and Astons a bloody nose on the twisty stuff, not least around Sicily, in the 1950s and ’60s.

Classic & Sports Car – Future classic – Porsche Cayman GT4

But best of all is actually driving the thing.

Two hands are permanently on the wheel, not because it’s unstable but so you are ever ready to make the most of any opportunity.

Be that a gap to blast into, a tight bend to hug or a sweeper to power through.

In a modern 911 you can almost become complacent because it is so refined. This doesn’t give you such luxury; it is a pure Porsche experience.

Classic & Sports Car – Future classic – Porsche Cayman GT4

Perhaps the purest, certainly the right side of £100,000.

You hear and feel every bang and clatter from cold, every rasp when warm, every clack of the manual ’box. Its flat torque curve makes it surprisingly usable, too.

If the rising prices of its spiritual predecessor, the 914-6, are anything to go by, this is a classic shoo-in.

The proof is in the limited-run first iteration, for which you’re looking at spending quite a bit more than the list price for a used one now. Instant classic status assured.

Images: Will Williams


Factfile

  • Engine 3995cc flat-six; 400bhp @ 7600rpm; 310lb ft @ 5-6800rpm
  • Transmission six-speed manual, RWD
  • 0-62mph 4.4 secs
  • Top speed 188mph
  • Mpg 26
  • Price £75,348

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