Being priced higher than the Cayman GTS, the GT4 is the flagship model of the 981c codenamed second generation Porsche Cayman. Designed as a track-ready car, the GT4 uses several components derived from the larger Porsche 911 series such as the engine and front suspension.
You might think of the Cayman GT4 as the little brother to the 911 GT3. However, it is in many ways its equal, albeit in a smaller and different package. The GT4’s engine is based on that of a Carrera S, but it is mounted ahead of the rear axle. To do so, the 3.8-liter flat-six was rotated 180 degrees, and in doing so the GT4’s driving characteristics are distinctive of a mid-engine design. Moving that weight forward delivers more predictable handling and improved balance. You may consider the Cayman GT4 entry-level, but what you are entering is the highest level of driving exhilaration. Put the GT4 through its paces and you will immediately become a fan.
In comparison with the Cayman GTS, the GT4 weighs only 10 lb (5 kg) but features improved handling characteristics due to wider tyres and being fitted with the front suspension from the 911 GT3. The GT4's 3.8 litre flat-six engine from the 911 Carrera S is only available with a six-speed manual transmission and produces 385 hp (390 PS; 287 kW) and 309 ft·lb (419 Nm) of torque.