For years the Porsche Cayman was regarded as the little runt that was clearly a project Porsche skimped on.
Though it was clear the company could give it a bit more power and make it a bit more sparky, it seemed fairly obvious that it didn't want to spawn a vehicle that would step on the iconic 911's toes.
It seems those days are over.
If you don't believe me, be sure to take an all-new Cayman S and a 911 (991) Carrera S out on the track, back-to-back, and weigh in on the experience. Undoubtedly, you will say after your laps that the Cayman was more fun, easier to drive at the limit and a better handler. It's still down on power though so it will get chewed up on the straights.
But, if what we're hearing is true — coming from across the pond — it seems that Porsche may finally just have stopped caring about protecting its legacy. That's because the latest rumors are indicating the upcoming, hardcore Cayman GT4 will benefit from an unbelievable bump in power to the tune of 450 horsepower.
Considering it will be outfitted with lightweight components, this is HUGE news. In addition to the news are all-new spy photos showing the currently testing GT4. Note its aggressive front valence and massive rear spoiler? How about those LARGE wheels and tires fitting over the big brake kit?
...It's a major change for the Porsche Cayman sports car: the GT4 is due to become the first factory-finished turbocharged Cayman in the model's eight-year history and it's the first roadgoing Porsche expected to deploy the GT4 badge.
Following in the footsteps of the Cayman R - and then some - the forced-induction Cayman GT4 is bound to raise questions with enthusiasts, who are already fretting over the revvy nature of its turbocharged flat-six in forums such as Pistonheads.
CAR understands the engine powering the GT4 is the company's 3.8-litre twin-turbo boxer six, tuned to develop around 450bhp...