Is the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 the Best and Purest Porsche? [Video + Gallery]

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Porsche Cayman GT4

From its debut, the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 looks to be as close as you will ever get to a mid-engined 911.  It’s not that the Cayman was lacking in any way; it’s been touted as one of the best-handling vehicles in existence since its introduction.  Rather, it felt as though Porsche was intentionally toning it down to differentiate itself (price and performance) from the 911.  Will the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4, then, not only serve as the best Cayman ever, but possibly as the best and purest Porsche ever?

From a specifications standpoint, the GT4 certainly seems in line to play that role.  Featuring a mid-mounted 3.8-L flat-six engine with 385 HP, power is sent to the rear wheels exclusively via a six-speed-manual transmission with dynamic gearbox mounts.  Zero to 60 MPH takes 4.2 seconds, on its way to a top track speed of 183 MPH.  The GT4’s chassis, which features a 30 mm lower ride height and a “generously sized” brake system, consists almost entirely of components from the 911 GT3.

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Porsche also prioritized aerodynamics, fitting the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 with three pronounced inlet openings at the front and a large fixed rear wing.  If desired, things can be taken a step further with an optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake system (PCCB), full bucket seats made of carbon fiber composite, and a custom Sport Chrono Package featuring a Track Precision app.

The 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 will make its world premiere in early March at the Geneva International Motor Show, subsequently arriving at U.S. dealers in July 2015. The starting MSRP for the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 is $84,600. excluding a destination charge of $995.

Does the GT4 fit the bill, then, as the best and purest Porsche ever?  With engineering from and capability in line with the 991 GT3, plus a mid-engined layout and significantly lower price of entry, I’d bet the farm on it.  What do you think?  Let me know in the comments section below!

For a deeper look at the 2016 Porsche Cayman GTR, check out this official Porsche video below:

And in the meantime, check out our full review of the last race-ready Cayman, the 2012 Porsche Cayman R: