Unlike the 718 Cayman and Boxster, rumors suggest it will be powered by a naturally-aspirated flat-six.
Porsche is working hard to please purists with the upcoming 718 Cayman GT4. The previous Cayman GT4 paved the way for the limited-run 911 R, which offered one of the purest driving experiences of any 911 thanks to its naturally-aspirated flat-six mated to a manual transmission. Now, Porsche is looking to replicate this successful formula in the new 718 Cayman GT4 following the debut of the 2018 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster. A prototype of the hardcore 718 Cayman has been spotted being tested in spy shots before.
However, photos shared online by Porsche Universe potentially give us our best look at the 718 Cayman GT4 yet. Free of any camouflage, the photos show a 718 Cayman equipped with racy GT4 parts. While previous prototypes have been based on the previous-generation Cayman, this model is clearly based on the new 718 as shown by the rear taillights. The styling has been spiced up with numerous GT4 parts including new wheels, a fixed rear wing, modified rear diffuser and bright red brake calipers. Like the previous Cayman GT4, a manual stick shift can also be seen in the cabin as Porsche continues to meet the demand for 911s with manual transmissions.
It remains to be seen if a PDK will also be offered, though. It's yet to be confirmed if this is a 718 Cayman GT4 prototype or a standard 718 Cayman that's been modified by its owner, but the final car shouldn't look drastically different to what you see here. While both the 718 Cayman and Boxster are powered by turbocharged four-cylinders units much to the dismay of Porsche fans, rumors suggest that the 718 Cayman GT4 will utilize a detuned version of the naturally aspirated flat-six from the new GT3 RS.