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Porsche Cayman GT4 Unveiled As The Ultimate Mid-Engined Sports Car

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Is this the Cayman that'll finally crush the 911?

Ever since it first debuted back in 2005, many believed the Porsche Cayman, if given proper tuning and power, could theoretically be a 911 beater. Smaller, lighter, more nimble, and mid-engined - all factors that could earn the Cayman greatness. But Porsche held back, not wanting to trump its iconic sports car. That is, until now. Presenting the new Porsche Cayman GT4, revealed here just ahead of its live debut next month at Geneva.

Aside from its stunning looks, the Cayman GT4 earned the same lap time on the North Loop of the Nurburgring as the 2011 911 GT3: 7 minutes and 40 seconds. Power comes from a 3.8-liter flat-six producing 385 hp. Yes, this is the very same engine found in the current 911 Carrera S. Paired solely to a six-speed manual transmission, the Cayman GT4 can go from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top track speed of 183 mph. Exterior modifications include a 30 mm lower ride height and a braking system that consists almost entirely of components from the 911 GT3. For ultimate track performance, Porsche added downforce at both axles, such as inlet openings at the front and a large fixed rear wing.

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This aerodynamic package can even be taken further, upon buyer request, with options like a ceramic composite brake system, full buckets seats made of carbon fiber, and a custom Sport Chrono Package.

The interior already comes standard with sport seats upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara, and a sports steering wheel. The Cayman GT4 will arrive in US dealerships this July with a starting price of $84,600 plus a $995 destination charge. Has Porsche finally allowed its Cayman to go all out against the 911? Only a direct comparison test will answer that.