Is it wise to be jolted lap after lap? To feel every inch of the track, your heart rate always off the scale? Of course not. Which is precisely why it is so much fun.
And that is exactly why the adaptive GT sport suspension is more consistently designed for driving pleasure. The result: extraordinary agility, high driving safety and stable handling in the high-speed range. The basis: GT technology. The lightweight spring-strut axle at the front is designed in typical GT style, the lightweight spring-strut axle at the rear is adjusted to the high performance of the 718 Cayman GT4 with additional reinforcements and helper springs as well as specific wheel mounts. Ball joints on both axles also connect the chassis to the body in a particularly streamlined way, enabling an even more precise wheel control. The height, camber, toe angle and the anti-roll bars of the chassis can be adjusted individually for the race track. You will quickly see what this means.
This variable damping system offers continuous adjustment of the damping force on each wheel based on the current driving situation and your driving style. At the push of a button, you can choose between two sporty programs: Normal mode for sporty driving on public roads and Sport mode for maximum lateral acceleration and the best possible traction on the race track. The body is also lowered by 30mm compared with the 718 Cayman for a low vehicle center of gravity. As a result, the pitch and roll are reduced for increased dynamic performance and extraordinary longitudinal and lateral acceleration.
The precise 6-speed manual transmission is fitted with a dual-mass flywheel and its optimally tuned gear ratios bring the high power output of the engine directly to the road. It also ensures a particularly sporty driving experience. Tight curve ahead, shift down, long straight, shift up: it’s in your hands – in the truest sense of the word. That is performance which is not only measured in power values, but also in all quantities of driving pleasure. And the dynamic automatic throttle-blip function plays its part too in keeping you, and your endorphin levels, busy.
Horizontally opposed engine, naturally aspirated, positioned centrally. 4.0-liter displacement. Six cylinders. 414 hp. Sounds crazy. It is.
The six-cylinder horizontally opposed engine has direct fuel injection (DFI), integrated dry-sump lubrication and adaptive cylinder control. In addition, a variable intake manifold with switchable resonance valves provides the engine with optimum ventilation. It sounds technical and a bit dry, but it’s really the exact opposite.
From the 4.0-liter displacement, the engine generates a mighty 414 hp – 29 hp more than the previous model. The maximum engine speed? 8,000 rpm. The maximum torque of 309 lb. ft. is from 5,000 to 6,800 rpm. With Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), the maximum torque of 317 lb. ft. is available at 5,500 rpm. Meaning the 718 Cayman GT4 with PDK and active Launch Control sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The top track speed: above 180 mph.
A statement in itself: the sound of the 718 Cayman GT4. Thanks to the precise sport exhaust system with its two clearly separated black tailpipes to the left and right of the rear diffuser. For an even more powerful sports car sound at the press of a button.
PSM is an automatic control system for helping to maintain stability at the limits of dynamic driving performance. In addition to the anti-lock braking system (ABS), it includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control (TC). Sensors continuously monitor the direction, speed, yaw velocity and lateral acceleration of the car. Using this information, PSM is able to calculate the actual direction of travel and initiate strategic braking of individual wheels to stop you from deviating from your intended line. What’s special about PSM in the 718 Cayman GT4? The sporty tuning with extremely sensitive and accurate regular systems interventions. In addition, the systems can be switched off completely in two stages.
The electrically regulated system minimizes perceptible oscillations and the vibration of the entire drivetrain, in particular the engine. It also adjusts the damping force and stiffness to the driving style and road surface conditions. So that the benefits of a hard and a soft engine mounting arrangement can be used. The handling is noticeably more stable and precise during load changes and in fast corners. At the same time, the vertical oscillations of the engine are reduced during acceleration under full load. The results are greater and more uniform drive force at the rear axle, increased traction and faster acceleration. Whenever a less assertive driving style is adopted, the dynamic transmission mounts soften to provide a heightened level of comfort. If that’s what you want.
Rational. Irrational. Sanity. Insanity. Perfect. Perfectly crazy. The difference is sometimes extremely subtle. And sometimes it is as sharp as a razor.
The 718 Cayman GT4 is the perfect sports car for those who like to push the limits. For those who would rather ask ‘why not?’ than ‘why?’. For those who take fun seriously and who would rather sit in a sport seat than a leather armchair.
For those people, we have fitted the 718 Cayman GT4 with everything which makes your pulse race. 4.0-liter six-cylinder horizontally opposed and naturally aspirated engine with 414 hp, manual transmission, rear wing. With a diffuser which demands respect, and extremely outputoriented aerodynamics. GT3 technology for the chassis and the interior – motorsport genes. The result is a brutal driving machine which has never even heard of autonomous driving.
Perfect? Perhaps. Irrational? Probably. The truth – like the engine – is in the middle. But in this case, this middle is not a compromise, it’s razor sharp.
The 20-inch alloy wheels of the 718 Cayman GT4 are painted in satin platinum, optionally available in satin aurum, satin black or silver-colored. A striking detail: the wheel center with the ‘GT4’ logo.
The dimensions of the road-approved sport tires are performance oriented. Specifically, 245/35 ZR 20 on 8.5 J × 20 front and 295/30 ZR 20 on 11 J × 20 rear. Multiple contact surfaces and grip with the reduced tread depth increases, however, the risk of hydroplaning on wet surfaces.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) issues warnings in the event of a loss of pressure and also features a race track mode which takes into consideration the pressure and temperature conditions of the tires when used on the circuit.
No mild breath of air. No gentle breeze. The signs show a storm is brewing. A glance at the 718 Cayman GT4 is enough to see: air resistance is not an issue. The aerodynamics concept of the 718 Cayman GT4 has been honed once more. Starting with the front fascia. Its clearly defined form with the typical Porsche sweepback gives the headwind an explicit direction and a clear purpose: to produce optimum tire contact pressure.
The highly distinctive front spoiler lip with an additional spoiler in front of the wheel arches provides aerodynamic downforce on the front axle. The central air intake in the front apron also optimizes the aerodynamics and channels the air stream up through the air outlet in front of the front lid. Even the underside of the front spoiler lip has been aerodynamically optimized. Here, a special profile – similar to the surface of a golf ball – ensures as little drag as possible.
Air curtains in the front fascia minimize the air turbulence created on the wheels and therefore minimizes the drag by releasing the inflowing air precisely in front of the wheels from the wheel arches.
The air intake grilles are equipped with a honeycombstyle surface finish, meaning they offer the headwind less drag, however, they still reliably protect the radiator from falling rocks – and eat flies for breakfast.
In addition to the analog and digital stopwatch on the dashboard, the optional Chrono Package boasts even greater functionality: PCM is upgraded to include a special performance display, enabling you to display, store and evaluate recorded lap times. In this way, the driver can view the current lap time and distance, number of laps completed and other times achieved so far. It is also possible to view the current fastest lap and range until empty. Any travelled distances can be recorded and benchmark times defined.
The Porsche Track Precision app
In conjunction with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and navigation module including Porsche Connect, the Porsche Track Precision app enables you to measure and evaluate your performance in even greater detail. The app’s user interface has been completely redesigned – and is now even easier and more intuitive to operate. The app enables your driving stats to be accurately displayed, logged and analyzed on your smartphone. Laps can be timed automatically via a GPS signal from PCM and/or manually using the switch in the optional Chrono Package and compared on your smartphone.
On the race track, the app visualizes your dynamic performance on your smartphone. In addition to sector and lap times, it also shows how the current lap compares with a defined reference lap. Graphical analysis of driving plus a video analysis help to further improve driving performance. Recorded stats, circuit and driver profiles can be managed and shared directly from your smartphone.
Looks good. Feels good. Sporty streamlined purism, customary Porsche high ergonomics. Everything perfect. Everything actually quite rational. Until the engine starts and makes the hairs on your arms stand up.
Immediately the center of attention: the instrument cluster with three round instruments and a central tachometer, on which the yellow needle skyrockets, typical of the 718. The dial face in a titanium finish is marked with a ‘GT4’ logo.
The GT-specific sport steering wheel has top center marking and black spokes including inlays. Race-Tex on the steering wheel rim and also on the gear lever ensures good grip. In addition, the material proven in motorsport is used for the door pulls in the door panels, the lid of the center console storage compartment as well as A-pillars and the roof lining.
The decorative stitching, on the armrests in the doors and the seats, among other places, are upholstered in silver color. As are the ‘GT4’ logos on the headrests and the door pull loops. The dashboard trim strips and the center console in brushed aluminum highlight the sporty character of the 718 Cayman GT4. The brushed aluminum interior package is also optionally available in GT-specific Anthracite.
An optional Race-Tex interior with extended leather features is also available. Visual highlight: the dashboard trim strips upholstered in brushed aluminum continue on the doors.
In conjunction with this configuration, the deviated stitching and the door pull loops can also be upholstered in contrasting colors, red or yellow. The seat belts can also be in matching colors if desired.
The seats of the 718 Cayman GT4 also reflect its sporty appeal. The cover, in all seat variants, is in black leather, the seat centers in Race-Tex. The headrests are embroidered with the ‘GT4’ logo in different stitching colors according to equipment variant.
Sport seats Plus
In the 718 Cayman GT4, the Sport seats Plus, with their sporty, firm padding and elevated side bolsters, offer optimum stability. The backrest can be adjusted electrically and the seat height and fore/aft position can be adjusted mechanically.
Adaptive Sport seats Plus
The adaptive Sport seats Plus go a step further. They complement the Sports seats Plus with an electric 18-way adjustment so the seats can be optimally adapted to meet your needs in terms of seat height, squab and backrest angle, seat depth, fore/aft adjustment and four-way lumbar support. In addition, the side bolsters of the seat and the backrests can be adjusted individually. For tailored lateral stability when cornering and more comfort on long journeys.
Full bucket seats
The full bucket seats are made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) with carbon-weave finish. This provides especially good lateral support at minimal weight. The fore/aft adjustment is manual, the height adjustment is electric.
On the race track or on the road: Porsche Connect expands the existing vehicle functions of the 718 Cayman GT4 with smart services and apps. All designed to make the connection between driver and car even closer. To intensify that Porsche fascination, and to make the challenges of everyday life quick and easy to overcome.
Porsche Communication Management (PCM)
Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is your central control center for audio and communication. In its latest generation with mobile phone preparation and audio interfaces, it also features a high-resolution 7˝ touchscreen display, enabling easy control of the majority of in-car functions. On the move, you can enjoy your favorite music via the CD/DVD drive, SD cards, internal 10GB hard drive (jukebox), the AUX input or the USB connection, for your iPhone®, for example. Or you can simply listen to the radio. Your 718 also enables you to use countless Car Connect Services via smartphone, such as vehicle positioning. The optional smartphone compartment in the center console transfers your mobile phone signal to the external antenna of the car – conserving phone charge and providing optimum reception.
Navigation including Porsche Connect
Thanks to Real-time Traffic Information, the optional navigation module including Porsche Connect gets you to your destination quicker, and offers you numerous Porsche Connect services. You can use all the online functions with the help of the integrated LTE communication module with SIM card reader. In some countries, an integrated LTE-compatible SIM card with data allowance is also included, with which you can use Porsche Connect services such as navigation and infotainment services.
Advanced airbag technology: integrated in the form of fullsize driver and passenger airbags, which are inflated in two stages depending on the severity and type of accident. Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP) is also standard. This consists of side impact protection elements in the doors and two side airbags per side: a thorax airbag is integrated in the side bolster of each seat, while the door panels each contain an upwards-inflating head airbag.
The 718 Cayman GT4 shows maximum performance, not only when sprinting from 0 to 60 or more, but also when slowing back down to 0. This is provided by six-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers at the front and four piston units at the rear with red finish. For greater inherent stability and faster response when applying and releasing the brake, even under extreme loads. The composite brake discs at the front and the rear have a diameter of 380mm and are cross-drilled and internally vented – powerful braking even in adverse weather conditions.
The brakes also have efficient ventilation and cooling for high stability. This is ensured by distinctive cooling channels, as well as brake air spoilers and air guide.
Motorsport tested: the optionally available Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB). With their particularly large brake disc diameters, 410mm at the front and 390mm at the rear, they offer even greater braking performance. The use of yellow six-piston aluminum monobloc fixed brake calipers on the front axle and four-piston aluminum monobloc fixed brake calipers at the rear ensures extremely high, and above all constant, braking pressure. PCCB enables shorter braking distances in even the toughest road and race conditions. The main benefit of the ceramic braking system is its extremely low weight. The brake discs are approximately 50% lighter than cast-iron discs of a similar design and size. As well as enhancing driving performance and fuel economy, this reduces unsprung and rotating masses. Which results in better roadholding and increased comfort, particularly on uneven roads.
So that you always know what’s coming towards you, the 718 Cayman GT4 is fitted with Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights as standard. Bi-Xenon headlights in black including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) are optionally available.
Specs reflect base model unless otherwise noted.
|Design and cylinders||Naturally aspirated boxer 6|
|Max. power||414 hp|
|Max. power at rpm||7,600 rpm|
|Max. engine speed||8,000 rpm|
|Max. torque (Manual)||309 lb-ft|
|Max. torque (PDK (Automatic))||317 lb-ft|
|Max. torque at rpm (PDK (Automatic))||5,500 rpm|
|Max. torque at rpm (Manual)||5,000 - 6,800 rpm|
|Max. power per liter||103.5 hp/l|
|Top track speed (Manual)||189 mph|
|Top track speed (PDK (Automatic))||188 mph|
|0 - 60 mph (Manual)||4.2 s|
|0 - 60 mph (PDK (Automatic))||3.7 s|
|Width w/ mirrors folded||70.9 in|
|Turning circle diameter||37.5 ft|
|Curb weight (Manual)||3,208 lb|
|Curb weight (PDK (Automatic))||3,276 lb|
|Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) (Manual)||3,858 lb|
|Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) (PDK (Automatic))||3,924 lb|
|Maximum load (Manual)||650 lb|
|Maximum load (PDK (Automatic))||648 lb|
|Front luggage compartment volume||5.2 ft³|
|Rear luggage compartment volume||9.5 ft³|
|Fuel tank||16.9 gal|
|Limited vehicle warranty||4 years/50,000 miles (whichever comes first) including 24-hour roadside assistance program|
|Main service interval||Porsche Cars North America offers service and maintenance packages in a variety of terms to match your intended usage. Please see your authorized Porsche Dealer for details and availability.|
|Limited paint warranty||4 years/50,000 miles (whichever comes first)|
|Limited corrosion warranty||12 years/unlimited miles|
|EPA Disclaimer||EPA estimates not yet available.|