by Michael Butler
When the Porsche Cayman was first introduced back in 2005, most saw it simply as a Boxster with a hardtop, but people quickly came to realize that this is one of Porsches best driving models in the past few decades (not that Porsche builds bad handling cars). Now in its third generation, this 2-door 2-seater is sharper than ever, but Porsche likes to remind us just how good it is at manufacturing medical-grade scalpels, which is why we have the ridiculous glory that is the 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4. The GT4 was released last year to massive praise from the media and public alike. Its 4.0-liter flat-six gas engine produces 414 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque that steals the show, and for 2021 Porsche now offers the GT4 with its excellent 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, making it an even more potent track weapon. The 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 goes up against fellow German rivals such as the BMW M2 CS and Audi TT RS.
The GT4 was a new addition to the 718 Cayman coupe range for 2020, so not much needed updating for the 2021 model year. Nevertheless, there is one significant change. When the GT4 was launched, it was a manual-only model. However, for 2021, Porsche has broadened the car's appeal by offering a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. This improves the accuracy and quickness of shifts, but we're just happy that you can still grow your own gears if you like and as you should.
See trim levels and configurations:
4.0L Flat 6 Gas
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
The problem with making an already good sports car faster and more capable is that you often lose the essence or balance of what made that vehicle good in the first place. The base 718 Porsche Cayman is already one of the best driver's cars in the world, so for Porsche to have made the GT4 even better is nothing short of a miracle. Yes, it is definitely more hardcore and less easy to live with on a daily basis, but it's not a completely stripped out track car, and those buying it for what it is will be more than happy to live with it.
They will have to live with a rather minimalist list of standard features, and almost no driver assists, but who wants all that extra stuff getting in the way of the experience? As for a safety rating, that's all up to how you drive, since neither of the US roadworthiness organizations have put the 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 to review.
Everything about this car screams driver involvement, from the roaring naturally-aspirated engine to the way it clings in the corners and tells you exactly when it wants to let go. Many competitors make more power or have the potential to make more power thanks to turbocharged power plants, but there is nothing that comes close to the pureness you get to experience in the 2021 Cayman GT4, at least not in this price range. Porsche has created a legend.
There's only one trim, so you'll have to look at the options list to make your GT4 a bit more unique. If we had the pleasure of buying one, we'd get one in Carrara White Metallic and get the wheels painted in Satin Aurum. On the inside, we'd opt for the full bucket seats. In terms of performance, we'd stick with the manual transmission but add the Chrono Package and ceramic composite brakes. Finally, we'd add the smoking package because you'll want a cigarette after a roll in the hay with this German. The total price of a 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 coupe with all these extra bits will set you back around $120,000, after paying destination fees.
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