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Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 2019: spy shots, specs, prices and release

The Week logo The Week 12/02/2019 Cameron Tait
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An all-new version of Porsche’s track-focused Cayman GT4 has been spotted testing in Sweden as the German car giant ramps up preparations ahead of the car’s launch this summer.

The GT4 is based on the current 718-generation of Porsche’s Cayman sports car. Previous spy images show aggressive styling and a large rear wing perched above its boot lid. 

But images posted by the US-based news site Motor1 show the car in a more subtle spec. The pictures show the GT4 testing on Sweden’s wintry roads.


NANTONG, CHINA - MAY 22:  An imported Porsche 718 Cayman is displayed for sale at Porsche Centre on May 22, 2018 in Nantong, China. According to Ministry of Finance on Tuesday, China will reduce tariffs on imported automobiles and vehicle parts from July 1.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images) © 2018 VCG NANTONG, CHINA - MAY 22: An imported Porsche 718 Cayman is displayed for sale at Porsche Centre on May 22, 2018 in Nantong, China. According to Ministry of Finance on Tuesday, China will reduce tariffs on imported automobiles and vehicle parts from July 1. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

At first glance the development vehicle in the most recent snaps looks almost identical to a standard 718 Cayman sports car. But what signals that this model is a GT4 car is the positioning of the exhausts. These sit further apart than on standard models. 

This could mean that Porsche is developing a Touring version of the new sports car. Compared to the regular GT4-spec Cayman, the vehicle would have a more luxurious cabin and sleeker styling, says Car magazine. 

If true, it would come as little surprise given the popularity of the 911 GT3 Touring, an offshoot of the supercar-rivalling 911 GT3. The driver-focused sports car, which launched in 2017, had no rear wing and could only be specced with a manual gearbox, the magazine adds. 

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 13:    Porsche 718 Cayman S compact mid engined sports car side view detail on display at Brussels Expo on January 13, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The Porsche 718 Cayman S (982) is fitted with a flat six turbocharged engine and is Porsche's entry model for the sports car market.  (Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images) © Sjoerd van der Wal 2018 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 13: Porsche 718 Cayman S compact mid engined sports car side view detail on display at Brussels Expo on January 13, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The Porsche 718 Cayman S (982) is fitted with a flat six turbocharged engine and is Porsche's entry model for the sports car market. (Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images) Sightings of the standard Cayman GT4 have been more frequent as Porsche often fine-tunes its upcoming sports cars on the 12.9-mile Nurburgring circuit – a prime spot for photographers looking to snap new cars before they’re publicly unveiled.

The car is tipped to resemble the previous-generation Cayman GT4 [pictured top], which was widely praised by the critics when it arrived in 2015. 

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 13:    Porsche 718 Cayman S compact mid engined sports car front view on display at Brussels Expo on January 13, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The Porsche 718 Cayman S (982) is fitted with a flat six turbocharged engine and is Porsche's entry model for the sports car market.  (Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images) © Sjoerd van der Wal 2018 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 13: Porsche 718 Cayman S compact mid engined sports car front view on display at Brussels Expo on January 13, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The Porsche 718 Cayman S (982) is fitted with a flat six turbocharged engine and is Porsche's entry model for the sports car market. (Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images) The new Cayman GT4 is likely to have a lower, more angular front bumper and a lower ride height compared to the standard 718 Cayman. It’s also expected to have a wide rear wing and a carbon fibre rear diffuser. 

It won’t be long before fans get their first look at the car in production-ready form as Porsche is due to unveil it in July.

For now, here’s everything you need to know about the 718 Cayman GT4:  

The Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California U.S. November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake © Thomson Reuters The Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California U.S. November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

When is it out?

The wraps are expected to come off the Cayman GT4 at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which runs from 4 to 7 July. 

Sales are expected to kick off before the year is out. 

CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 08:  2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is on display at the 110th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois on February 8, 2018.  (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
  © 2018 Raymond Boyd CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 08: 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is on display at the 110th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois on February 8, 2018. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

How much will it cost?

Evo anticipates the price of the new Cayman GT4 wil be higher than the old model’s £64,000 tag. 

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 13:    Porsche 718 Cayman S compact mid engined sports car front view on display at Brussels Expo on January 13, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The Porsche 718 Cayman S (982) is fitted with a flat six turbocharged engine and is Porsche's entry model for the sports car market.  (Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images) © Sjoerd van der Wal 2018 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 13: Porsche 718 Cayman S compact mid engined sports car front view on display at Brussels Expo on January 13, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The Porsche 718 Cayman S (982) is fitted with a flat six turbocharged engine and is Porsche's entry model for the sports car market. (Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images)

What engine will it have?

Unlike the standard 718 Cayman, which is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged boxer engine, the Cayman GT4 will be equipped with a 3.8-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine. 

Power figures won’t arrive until closer to the car’s release this summer, but Car magazine says that Porsche has upped the Cayman GT4’s performance from 375bhp to 420bhp.

The first batch of Cayman GT4s, which arrive later this year, will only be available with manual gearboxes, the magazine says. Buyers wanting an automatic car will have to wait for the second wave of production at the end of 2020.

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