The fastest Cayman has arrived in Malaysia as official distributor of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia, Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) introduces the Porsche Cayman GT4 – priced at RM840,000 (excluding road tax and insurance).
What do you get when you fit a 911 Carrera S engine and sprinkle some 911 GT3 goodness onto a Cayman? A 385 horsepower mid-engine machine that goes around the Nurburgring (North Loop) 13 seconds faster than a standard Cayman – 7 minutes 40 seconds. And still as versatile to be an everyday sports car.
Made its world debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the mini 911 GT3 is now available for Malaysian enthusiasts just four months after the RM700,000 Cayman GTS was introduced locally. We had a taxi ride in the GT4 around a mini track at Johor Premium Outlet. The sounds really good and is surprisingly comfortable, for a GT car.
“The Cayman GT4 is the most powerful model in the Cayman model range and features motor sports-orientated technology that allows it to offer exceptionally high levels of performance potential and emotional driving pleasure,” said Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of SDAP.
Aerodynamics emphasis on the GT4 sets it apart from the rest of the Caymans. It’s been lowered by 18mm as compared to the Cayman GTS, and the longer wheelbase and front overhang with large front lip made it 34mm longer. The front bumper features three large air intakes supplying air into three radiators and front brakes.
The signature look is the large GT wing at the back, made of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), generating downforce onto the rear axle. You can further identify the GT4 by spotting the central twin tailpipes, smoked rear lights and rear diffuser.
The wheels and brakes came straight from the Porsche 911 GT3 and they are larger than other Cayman models. 20-inch rims with Ultra High Performance tyres (245/35 tyres in front and 295/30 at the rear). Porsche 911 GT3 components can also be found in the front suspension such as larger wheel bearings and split wishbones.
The Alcantara dominated cabin is decorated with brushed aluminium trims, “GT4” badges and fabric door pulls. Not forgetting the 360mm diameter 918 Spyder design steering wheel, 10mm smaller than the ones in GTS model.
Lightweight two-way Sport seat Plus wrapped with Alcantara and leather are fitted as standard, the same type you see in the 911 GT3 RS. Porsche offers 918 Spyder’s full bucket seat made of lightweight CFRP material.
The GT4 is not entirely stripped out. It is still equipped with seven-inch touchscreen colour display, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation, digital radio, Bluetooth and speech control. The Cayman GT4 with optional Club Sport Package gets a rollover protection bar at the rear, front roll cage, fire extinguisher and six- point safety harness.
The heart of the Cayman GT4 is a 3.8-litre straight-six engine from the 911 Carrera S. Slightly detuned to produce 385 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. Transmitting power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. This 1,340kg machine gets off the line to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds all the way to 295 km/h.
Sime Darby Auto Performance built a mini track at Johor Premium Outlet and you are invited to join this weekend’s (7th – 8th Nov 2015) roadshow to experience the Cayman GT4 in a taxi ride. You can also go for a test drive in the some of the selected models.