It was just the other day that we first caught wind of Porsche's plans to build a GT4 version of the Cayman, and now we're already looking at spy shots of the vehicle in question undergoing testing at – where else? - the Nürburgring.

With more aggressive front-end aero, a GT3-style air vent ahead of the front hood, a large wing at the back, and spindly alloys packed with over-sized brakes at each corner, this Cayman is clearly more extreme than even the range-topping GTS. The rear diffuser and central exhaust tips look about the same as those you'd find at the back of the Cayman GTS, though.

What we can't see, of course, is what Porsche has slotted in under the rear glass, how it's upgraded the interior and how much weight it's stripped out of the thing to get it down to fighting weight, but you can bet it'll come with a substantial power bump and a stripped-out interior with racing buckets and little else to open the gap between it and the GTS... and close the gap to the 911 GT3 which it will join as the baby brother in Porsche's performance-focused lineup. Click above to view the double-batch of spy shots.


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      Julio Arreaga
      • 7 Months Ago
      Too bad it'll be pretty expensive, I'm guessing just under GT3 money, but I'm sure it will perform.
      Steve K
      • 7 Months Ago
      I loved my '06 Cayman S even if it always felt underpowered. Drop the 911S motor in this with 400 hp, strip 250 lbs from it, and it may well be the best real - world sports car ever built.
        superlightv12
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Steve K
        Porsche will never allow the Cayman to upstage the 911, that is unless they plan on ending the 911 or make it on the Cayman platform with a mid-engine.
      NFS
      • 7 Months Ago
      Give it 400bp or more, this will be the car I have been longing for! Having changed from 09 Cayman S to the currently 991 2S, I have to say Cayman is the better car in terms of handling but needs more power!
      TwoBits
      • 7 Months Ago
      This seems more appropriate to wear the 911 badge...
        ScottT
        • 7 Months Ago
        @TwoBits
        It's not appropriate if the engine isn't in the rear.
          PatTheCarNut
          • 7 Months Ago
          @ScottT
          WTF, what does this have to do with his comment eluding to this car NOT wearing a 911 badge? Why would this car need a 911 badge? It's not a 911, in name OR design. I would venture ScottT knows plenty and doesn't discount the winning heritage of the 911, Spyder, 956, 917, 935 etc etc etc...Only that it's not appropriate for this car to wear a 911 badge because it ISN'T a 911. Maybe you should brush up on the English language and re-read his post with the breadth or Porsche knowledge you purport to possess.
          WTF
          • 7 Months Ago
          @ScottT
          Don't know much about winning race cars and the inherent design advantages of mid engine yet do ya Scott? Porsche has a long history of building mid engine platforms as well, James Dean died in one.
        PatTheCarNut
        • 7 Months Ago
        @TwoBits
        Why? They already have one, called the GT3.
      Hernan
      • 7 Months Ago
      I find it really strange that the German manufacturers have so aggressively raised the prices on their premium sports cars that they're having to introduce "lower-end" versions to fill the gap those cars have left behind them. Specifically with this, the CLA AMG and the upcoming BMW M2. I wonder whether there will be a breaking point in a few years as prices continue to go up at which people will balk at paying, let's say $200K for a GT3... Salaries just aren't going up as much as car prices are. Yes, there are rich people out there, but I have to think at SOME point the "bubble" for car prices will burst? You can only raise prices so much before you price your offerings out of their previous market.
        PatTheCarNut
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Hernan
        This car will be the top of the Cayman range, not a "lower end" model. That "lower end" model is called the Cayman.
        Hernan
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Hernan
        Yes I agree with that, what I'm saying is rather than make the 911 more and more prohibitively expensive they should just keep it at a relatively similar price point and introduce cars ABOVE the 911 (in the 100k+ territory), rather than raise 911 prices and introduce cars BELOW it. Porsche may not be a good example because of the different Cayman/911 engine configuration. However, take BMW: just keep the M3 affordable and lightweight, rather than making it so big and expensive that you need to introduce an M2. It doesn't make sense to me. At this rate, in 10-15 years today's M2 will have bloated so much in heft and price that they'll need to introduce the M0, which will be the same size as (aka "spiritual successor to") today's M2. It just doesn't make sense to me. Rather than keep moving a particular moniker upmarket, I'd keep it in the same relative market (reasonably accounting for inflation) and introduce higher-end models for those with more money to spend. My point being: the guy who can afford an M3 today is not the same guy who could afford one 15 years ago, when all is said and done. But no worries! They're making the M2 for that guy instead! Just strikes me as an odd strategy.
      Hernan
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm really surprised they didn't even try to camouflage it, at least some swirly wrap or something! Looks amazing.
        Hernan
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Hernan
        On a side note, I find it really weird that the German manufacturers have so aggressively raised the prices on their premium sports cars that they're having to introduce "lower-end" versions to fill the gap those cars have left behind them. Specifically with this and the upcoming BMW M2. I wonder whether there will be a breaking point in a few years as prices continue to go up at which people will balk at paying say $200K for a GT3... Salaries just aren't going up as much as car prices are. Yes, there are rich people out there, but I have to think at SOME point the "bubble" for car prices will burst...?
          Daekwan
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Hernan
          Completely agreed on your pricing points. While the magazines go ga-ga over every new German announcement, the consumers are having opposite reactions to the prices. It takes $70,000 to get the new BMW M4 w/DSG.. $100,000 for the 911S w/PDK and a whopping $200,000 for the TurboS version. This GT4 Cayman is expected to start at $125,000. Thats a ton of money for a Cayman which is supposed to be Porsche's entry level car. While I earn a very decent salary, I just cant help but wonder where all these buyers are who can afford this stuff. It seems like a price war is going on.. and the consumer is losing. Dont get me wrong.. there's nothing wrong with dreaming.. but I'd rather be driving instead of dreaming. Which is why I'm going to end up with something like the new Stingray or Z06.
          Hernan
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Hernan
          Steve, agreed, but the target demographic has shifted substantially. The guy who can afford one today is not the same as the guy who could afford one 15 years ago. The way they've done this is: keep raising the prices of existing models at a rate that far outpaces salaries (e.g. 911, Cayenne) and then introduce lower-end models to fill the void (e.g. Cayman, Macan). They could have done the opposite: keep the existing models at a similar price point and size, then introduce higher-end models. As an example - today's M3 is longer by an inch than the first (mid 80s) M5 and it's 11 inches longer than the first M3.
          Steve K
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Hernan
          Um, Porsche is experiencing record sales and they earn more profit per car than any other auto manufacturer on the planet. You may not be able to afford one, but the target demographic isn't having the same problem.
          PatTheCarNut
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Hernan
          Daekwan, the Boxster is the entry level Porsche car but each model as an entry level car. This will likely be the top of the Cayman range.
      PatTheCarNut
      • 7 Months Ago
      Or possibly the new Cayman R?
        Steve K
        • 7 Months Ago
        @PatTheCarNut
        I don't think Cayman R would be appropriate because this is going to be a much bigger jump than the difference between the last gen S and R. With the GTS also available, an R really becomes too niche. Then again, Porsche loves splitting hairs with their endless 911 versions so you never know.
      mid engine madness
      • 7 Months Ago
      Finally, a proper Cayman!
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