It's closer than you think.
Before the Porsche Cayman was born, the Boxster did duty as the Porsche lite. It was seen as the Mazda MX-5 of the Porsche world, and that description wasn't too far off: It wasn't as fast as a 911 but offered excellent handling. Enter the Cayman; this hardtop sports car, that sits below the 911, also started off as a fun little sports car that offered 911 thrills at a lower asking price. But what happens when the junior starts outgrowing its older brother?
In this video, we can see some proof that the Cayman GT4, a hardcore version of the standard car, can in fact be as quick or even quicker than a 992 Carrera S.
Now we have to admit that the Cayman GT4 is a more track-focused car and its lighter too. Powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six, this car will reach sixty in 4.2 seconds, hit a top speed of 188 mph, and lap the Nurburgring in around seven and a half minutes.
The 911 Carrera S on the other hand is a more relaxed car in terms of chassis and suspension setup. This car produces 443 hp from its flat-six turbocharged engine and can sprint to sixty in around 3.5 seconds. It will lap the Nurburgring in seven minutes and twenty-five seconds, so there's not much in it.
In the video, the driver is doing a hot lap of the Lausitzring in Brandenburg in northeast Germany. The driver can be seen pushing a Cayman GT4 to its absolute limits, and swopping cogs at a sky-high 8,000 rpm. We have to admit, that naturally-aspirated flat-six sounds amazing.
The Cayman GT4 crosses the line in 1.33.26 minutes, only a second behind the Mercedes-AMG GT C, and more importantly, manages to beat the 992 Carrera S' time of 1.33.62. We should mention that the 911 posted those times on Pirelli P Zero tires, while the Cayman got to run on Michelin Sport Cup 2s. It's clear that the 911 clan isn't as invincible as once thought.