Any conversation surrounding the ultimate driver’s car typically ends up on the subject of Stuttgart and its most famous export, despite recent changes to the number of cylinders residing inside the engine and a growing reliance on turbochargers for performance. But the all new 718 Cayman GT4 Coupe and Spyder look set to reaffirm Porsche’s place on the performance top table, because there’s no replacement for displacement.
Described as the answer to any purist’s desire for razor sharp agility and utterly useable power, the latest offerings in the 718 line could soon surpass the 911 as the true enthusiast’s choice.
Why? Because here a classic case of German chassis engineering witchcraft paired with Porsches newest naturally aspirated four-litre, six-cylinder engine makes sure the GT4 Coupe spits out 414bhp and 420Nm of torque (expect a 0-60mph sprint of just 4.2 seconds), while offering the sort of cornering stability that makes internal organs wince at the thought of a hairpin.
Although clearly equipped with some serious firepower, Porsche has armed the GT4 Coupe with handling capabilities worthy to placate even the most ardent helmsmith. The engineers have managed to generate 50 per cent more downforce without affecting drag through the addition of a new diffuser and fixed rear wing.
As if all that wasn’t enough, there are also a bunch of chassis revisions. The marque’s Porsche Active Suspension Management (PSM) has the new 718 models sitting 30mm closer to the ground, which brings a welcome change in the centre of gravity.
Nerdy stats aside, it would be blasphemy if we didn’t mention the aesthetic of the latest offspring of the 718 line. Clearly inspired by the curves of the 911 with the addition of some razor-sharp skirts and venting, this could be Porsche’s best piece of eye-candy yet. The Spyder, in our humble opinion, takes the sleek lines to the next level, with those unmistakable rear humps and drop-top motoring experience worthy of every additional penny.
The Porsche Cayman 718 GT4 Coupe and Spyder are now available for order, with prices starting at £73,405 for the Spyder and £75,348 for the hard top. Head over to Porsche to learn more about your new summer toy but do0n’t be surprised if nabbing a place on the waiting list is harder than securing an invite to dinner at the White House.