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Porsche Develops Prototype for Cayman GT4 Spec Competition Car

The 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Spec Model

The rumored 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Spec Model

Could a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 spec competition car be on the horizon? Although most any Porsche news is exciting, news that includes a bona fide Porsche Motorsport competition car and the GT4 European racing series in one sentence just might make one’s heart flutter. Recent statements made by the former Porsche Motorsport head did just that, with word that the legendary German car maker has been testing a prototype. In Arizona, Porsche of Tucson offers both the Cayman and Cayman S models.

The GT4 European racing series is a multi-brand championship racing series for both amateur and professional drivers. GT4 races what are known as “track day” cars, which are essentially factory-built race cars, as well as custom modified production models. The 2014 schedule included six weekend events in Italy, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. Its governing body, as is the case with the Formula One series and most other major international motorsports events, is the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The FIA modifies each proposed GT4 class car such that they all have almost identical performance specs. Other cars approved to run GT4 include the Maserati Grand Turismo, Aston Martin Vantage, Mazda MX5 and Lotus Evora. That’s impressive company to keep.

Porsche Motorsport currently offers track day GTE and GT3 racing models based on the Porsche 911 platform. Car aficionados can purchase these 600 hp racers from the factory for about $500,000. The road version of the Cayman GT4 will undercut both the horsepower and the price, but probably not the adrenaline factor. Insiders predict the Cayman GT4 will offer around 450 hp, a significant uptick from the 340 hp offered by the production Cayman GTS, using a twin-turbo 3.8 litre box unit. If these performance specs do materialize on the Cayman GT4, it will fall barely short of its big brother, the Porsche 911 GT3 with a 475 hp 3.8 litre flat-six. The 911 GT3 currently sells for about $130,000, so it’s probably safe to assume that that the Cayman GT4 price point will be well below that mark.

They Cayman GT4 prototype was recently caught on camera testing at the Nurburgring track in Germany, boasting a large rear wing, a GT3-style front air vent, and a sleek, aerodynamic front end. Experts guess that the GT4 could make its debut with the 2016 models. The Cayman GT4 will definitely be the most extreme Cayman yet, but is it enough to cut in on the 911’s party? Insiders predict the two will retain individual personalities and provide two very different driving experiences. The world is definitely ready to find out for itself, and there’s more than enough room for both. When the 2015 Porsche Cayman GT4 arrives, you’ll be able to find it in Arizona at Porsche Cayman Tucson.

2014 Porsche Cayman S

2014 Porsche Cayman S at Porsche of Tucson

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