Walk into a Porsche dealer today with intentions of ordering a 718 Cayman GT4 or a 718 Spyder and the books will be open for you. However, deliveries aren’t expected to kick off until Spring 2020.
Of course, this means the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 that brought us here is a manufacturer car. Heck, the thing didn’t even get too far from the mother ship.
Priced at £80.500 (£1000 destination fee included), the 718 GT4 sits costs about the same as the upcoming 992 base Carrera and tops the car it replaces by a massive £12.000.
So, what do you get for the money? Well, for one thing, production is no longer limited for the two brothers we’re talking about. Nevertheless, their tech package is exquisite.
You see, while the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car packs an updated version of its predecessor’s 991.1 Carrera S-borrowed 3.8-litre flat-six, the road car(s) come with an all-new N/A 4.0-litre boxer.
The unit is a bored, stroked, non-turbo incarnation of the TT 3.0-liter that produces 450 ponies on the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S. At least for now, a six-speed manual is the only tranny available.
Unlike in the past, you get the same GT chassis regardless of the roof option, so GT4 and the Spyder fully share their tech side.
For instance, the front axle was lifted off the 991.2 GT3, but the rear one features a new design. We’re looking at standard adaptive dampers, with helper springs at the rear. And you can manually adjust the anti-roll bars, toe and camber.
The 20-inch wheels are fresh, while you can opt for Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 or Dunlop Sport Maxx Race 2 rubber, which is 245-wide up front and 295-fat at the back.
Sadly, new compliance hardware such as the gasoline particulate filter, means that, like the 992 Neunelfer, the mid-engines machine we’re talking about are heavier than the models they replace.
The bends are tackled with the help of a mechanical limited-slip diff, along with brake-based torque vectoring. For instance, the Nurburgring lap time has been cut down by at least ten seconds. So the new 718 GT4 can blitz the Green Hell in the high-7:2X range, while the PDK 992 Carrera S needs 7:25 for the task.
In fact, you’ll notice how all the tech goodies mentioned above sit inside the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder.