Porsche Cayman GT4 Successor on the Way?
New version of the fan favorite Cayman GT4 might even ditch the turbo four for proper flat-six power.
Despite the best efforts of automakers to kill off manual transmissions and naturally aspirated engines, enthusiasts simply aren’t having it. This is especially true in regards to Porsche. And thankfully, they’re taking notice of this purist backlash and doing something about it. That’s why we got the excellent 911 R, and it’s also why we can now buy the 911 GT3 Touring. But now it looks like Porsche may also have something in mind for the smaller set – a Cayman GT4 successor.
Fans of the original flat-six powered Cayman GT-car, as well as purists in general, should undoubtedly be excited. Because according to Autocar, Porsche is “very close” to moving forward with a new version of the much beloved Cayman GT4. The revelation comes from a recent conversation the U.K. magazine had with Porsche’s head of GT, Frank Walliser.
The success of the original Cayman GT4 and the 911 R have seemingly driven Porsche in a new (old) direction. “The GT4 showed us there was demand for a pure driving Porsche with a manual gearbox,” Walliser told Autocar. “This theme of ‘pure and simple’ is a success in other fields too, like scrambler motorbikes and single-speed bicycles. People like simplicity.”
“The GT4 showed us there was demand for a pure driving Porsche with a manual gearbox.”
The big question, of course, is what sort of engine Porsche will choose to power the new purist Cayman. The big draw of the original GT4 was its 911-derived flat-six, of course. But despite the fact that the 718 is offered exclusively with four-cylinder turbo power, we might actually see the return of a six-cylinder Cayman. Walliser wouldn’t confirm or deny the fact that power for the new Cayman GT4 would once again come from a flat-six. But he did say “We won’t do a performance four-cylinder.”
A new Cayman GT4, with flat-six power? Sounds like music to our ears, in more ways than one.