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The Porsche Cayman has always occupied an unusual position in the Porsche lineup. The lighter weight, mid-engined layout, and shapely styling make it very appealing as a sports car, but it often seems Porsche has not allowed this model to fully bloom due to the desire to keep it slotted below the 911.

That may be changing with the announcement of the new Cayman GT4. At 385 hp (283kW), it is a substantial 45 hp jump over the current Cayman GTS, and even a 35 hp jump over the base 911. The 3.8 liter flat-six engine is a slightly detuned version of the one in the Carrera S, and propels the car from 0 to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds, with a top speed of 183 mph.

The chassis is primarily sourced from the 911 GT3, and offers a 30 mm body drop compared to the current Cayman. It also allows for a larger brake system, with an available option of PCCB, or Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes. Other options include lightweight shell seats made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic, a Club Sport package, and a custom Sport Chrono Package with Track Precision app.

The design includes expanded front inlets and a large fixed rear wing. Australian pricing for the new Cayman GT4 can be requested from your local dealer. For more information, visit Porsche Australia.