Chris Harris brings his enthusiastic energy behind the wheel of the new Cayman GT4 and shows what Porsche's hardcore creation can do around Portimao. He also puts it on the lift to see what makes the model so special.
Porsche introduces the Cayman GT4, with a 385-horsepower, 3.8-liter flat-six slung in its middle and a chassis and looks that borrow heavily from the mighty 911 GT3. And enthusiasts rejoice: the only transmission available in the GT4 is a six-speed manual.
The engine in the coming Porsche 911 GT3 RS will be the heart of the turbocharged engines going into the 2016 911 range coming later this year. It will remain naturally-aspirated in the GT3 models, but get boosted help for every model below those. Elsewhere, the next Boxster and Cayman will get turbocharged four-cylinders, and a V8-powered mid-range Porsche supercar is still in the works.
The latest spy shots of the more hardcore version of the Porsche Cayman show it with basically no camouflage. Rumored to be called the GT4, the sports coupe is purported to be the little brother to the 911 GT3 in Porsche's lineup.
Automobile reports that the next-generation Boxster and Cayman will be subsumed into a new range of vehicles under the Porsche 718 moniker. That new 718 range will encompass coupes and convertibles covering a wide performance spectrum, and use the flat-four engine we've been hearing about for years.
Car and Driver is keeping new blood pumping into its annual 10Best cars list with three new entries making it on for 2015 and a perennial favorite falling off. Among the biggest shocks this year is that the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series are no longer named, despite years of some portion of that lineup earning a mention. In another surprise, the Tesla Model S (specifically in S 60 trim to fit under the $80,000 cost cap) makes it to the 2015 roster and is the only electrically motivated member of the