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Porsche Cayman GT4: track-focused coupe at Geneva show

Porsche has shown its most extreme Cayman ever at Geneva; with 380bhp, racing aero and a stiffer chassis

Porsche has shown the most extreme Cayman ever at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Called the Cayman GT4, it's pitched as a smaller sister car to the full-blown 911 GT3 and aimed squarely at buyers who regularly take their cars to track days, but like to drive home in them afterwards.

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The exterior has been suitably enhanced with a huge fixed rear wing, deep front bumper with a trio of inlets and a larger rear diffuser. Porsche claims the bodykit doesn’t just reduce lift, but generates positive downforce at high speeds. Carbon-ceramic brakes are on the options list, but the 20-inch wheels you see here are standard, plus the suspension is stiffened and lowered by 30mm.

At the heart of the GT4 is a 380bhp 3.8-litre flat-six derived from the engine in the 911 Carrera S. That's an increase in capacity of 0.2-litres and a 45bhp bump over the next most potent Cayman, the GTS. Maximum power is produced at a heady 7,4000rpm, while the only transmission option is a six-speed manual (unlike the 911 GT3, which is only available with a PDK automatic).

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Performance has taken a giant leap with 0-62mph dispatched in just 4.4 seconds and top speed raised to 183mph – that’s 0.5 seconds and 6mph faster than the GTS. However, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions back-pedal to 27.4mpg and 238g/km.

Standard equipment includes more deeply sculpted sports seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara, a smaller GT4-specific steering wheel, Porsche Torque Vectoring with a rear limited slip differential and a sports exhaust. Porsche has left some creature comforts in, too, including a DAB radio and climate control. Options include even thinner shell-back carbon-fibre seats and a Sport Chrono Pack with a ‘Track Precision’ app. Prices start at £64,451 (£9,054 more than for the Cayman GTS), and order books for the Cayman GT4 are open now with first UK deliveries at the end of March. 

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