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2019 Porsche Cayman GT4 Review – First Drive | carsales

2019 Porsche Cayman GT4 Review – First Drive | carsales

This is just unbelievable. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this
would happen. I’m here in Scotland and it’s not raining. Oh, yes, and I’m driving this, the new Porsche
Cayman GT4. It’s like the first modern Cayman with a six
cylinder engine or something. The Porsche Cayman GT4 is a proper sports
car. Fitted with all manner of aerodynamic aids,
including a massive new rear diffuser inspired by the Porsche 911 RSR race car. The most potent Cayman you can buy today also
gets a lovely new four litre six cylinder boxer engine. With motorsport inspired suspension, with
a wide scope of adjustability, it’s tailor made for the race track. Speaking of which, here’s a track we prepared
earlier. So the GT4 sits 30 millimetres lower than
the standard Cayman, and it borrows a number of suspension components from the GT3 911. I tell you what, you can feel it. I love the fact they didn’t go with turbocharges. You’ve got this larger displacement, naturally
aspirated four litre six cylinder boxer, and the connection you have with the rear wheels,
it’s just gorgeous, so linear. The Cayman GT4 boxer engine is mid mounted,
sitting right behind the driver, and this creates a better weight balance than the iconic
Porsche 911. This mid-ship engine positioning also makes
the GT4 freakishly agile. It is such a lovely car to drive. It’s more accessible than a 911, it doesn’t
feel like it’s going to bite you when you’re pushing hard. The way the GT4 sticks to the road is just
sensational. This Knockhill Circuit in Scotland is pretty
bonkers too. It’s not very, long two kilometres, but it’s
got a lot of elevation change, 60 meters, and it’s kind of like a roller-coaster. This is too good. Even when the car lets go, you know exactly
what it’s doing, there’s so much feedback, though the wheel, through the seat. Bloody lovely. The big brakes provide massive and repeatable
stopping power and torque vectoring, while the mechanical limited-slip diff makes this
an oversteerer, not an understeerer. The GT4 has some cool tech tricks up its sleeve
too, such as active transmission mounts to reduce vibration and adaptive dampers to increase
road holding. This is certainly one of the best mid-mounted
sports cars I’ve ever driven. The interior reeks of motorsport superiority,
with fixed racing seats, a stubby six speed manual gearstick, and acres of sweat absorbing
Alcantara. Yup, this is built for purpose. They say big naturally aspirated engines are
dead. They say no one buys manual cars anymore. That may be true, but I don’t think Porsche
gives two flying [beep] because these cars are brilliant for both those reasons and more. Simply put, these cars create a bond between
man and machine that you have you smiling long after you shut the door and walk away.

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11 thoughts on “2019 Porsche Cayman GT4 Review – First Drive | carsales

  1. I was wondering if the added weight (200lbs?) was detectable. Was wondering how it compared to the 2016 GT4, which I've driven. I look forward to more testing and reviews. Not that I need convincing. I just need an allocation! For the Spyder, I think.

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