Race track excursion with the porsche cayman gts

Before the Cayman GT4 saw the light of day, the Porsche Cayman GTS spearheaded the “small sports cars” from Zuffenhausen. The power injection helps the Cayman GTS to 340 hp from the 3.4-liter boxer mid-engine and you will be fascinated by the latest on the racetrack. Where the Cayman, with its magical power-to-weight ratio of less than four kilos, belongs: to Ascari!

The power-to-weight ratio of 3.95 kg / hp naturally relates to the handset (1,345 kg). With 4.04 kg / PS, the Cayman GTS driven is again just above this threshold thanks to the 7-speed PDK. But he has an enormous advantage. Not only does the dual-clutch transmission shift faster than any person on the racetrack, the spread is significantly wider thanks to the additional gear. What does that bring us besides more concentration on the track? The right high-speed gear for every situation. In pure acceleration it is “only” 0.3 seconds less that the 4.6 second racer needs to 100 km / h.

The needle sprints to the limit of 7,800 rpm and the boxer plays the song of the young daredevil. Anyone who orders an expensive sound system has not understood the Cayman GTS. Even if the output of 340 hp is already fully available at 7,400 tours, the 3.4-liter boxer engine continues to rev up as if nothing were happening. The Sport plus mode and the PDK work so well together that you don’t have to use the paddle manually. It is better to concentrate fully on the route, the ideal line and to search for new highs in your own stomach discomfort.

Those who order a “Gran Turismo Sport” not only get more power from the Cayman S engine, but also better (more exclusive) equipment. The contrasts are omnipresent, such as the red paint (there are also other colors to choose from) and the black details. Black ventilation grilles, black interior of the bi-xenon headlights and of course the Alcantara interior. This means that your hand never slips off the steering wheel (as is the case with a leather steering wheel, for example). An important factor if you are on the hunt for ever higher G values.

The larger wheels exclusive to the GTS are not insignificant. The 20-inch models on the Cayman not only look good, they also improve the footprint on the asphalt with 235/35 ZR20 (front) and 265/35 ZR20. Especially in the fast corners it is unbelievable that even the smallest GTS in the line-up sucks in the asphalt like the big ones. Only when a hectic steering movement puts the PSM (electronic stability program) on alert does the Cayman GTS briefly move differently than the ideal line suggests.

At Porsche, even the Cayman is spoiled for choice. I just want a sports car or the livelier Cayman S. When I long for the racetrack, I get the Cayman GT4, which has almost 100% taken over the front axle of the 911 GT3 for a reason. And what if I want both? A car in the shape of the Cayman that doesn’t invite you to eat fries with its large rear wing? A car that is a little more subtle and yet potent enough for the racetrack? The answer is obvious: Cayman GTS!

Text: Fabian Meßner

Photos: Porsche, Manuel Hollenbach