If you see a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 on Indian highways, know that it is one of a very, very few roaring through our country's roadways. It may not fit every budget, but at approximately 2 crores ex-showroom, it is more than likely to fit a decent garage and offer a flare that few other performance vehicles can. But it's the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4's ability to be a stunner at a standstill and a speedster on the move that sets it apart. Expect a lot of attention in any case.
While it appears to be a vicious machine in its black body colors, it also has a sleek appearance in silver. Its external profile, which is distinctive of the GT series, is especially engineered to cut through wind thanks to its aerodynamic aspect. The two-door speedster stands and dashes on 18-inch wheels with an alloy design that complements the car's aggressive side appearance. The brake calipers are painted yellow for a youthful contrast, and the body has been designed with strong but simple character lines to emphasize the car's speed credentials. At the rear are two mammoth exhaust valves which roar so loud, even the most staunch supporters of EVs could be left impressed. A fixed rear-wing spoiler and full-opening rear trunk completes the profile.
Step inside and you'll find sports seats designed specifically for putting the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 on the track every time. The interior, which has a simple steering wheel and a sleek dashboard profile, is designed for one thing - and one thing only: speed. Oh, and perhaps security as well.
The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4's basic values of speed and safety are inextricably linked. A 4.0-litre six-cylinder normally aspirated engine handles the former. This engine is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. There are 414 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque available. When the driver puts the pedal to the metal, he or she is likely to reach 100 km/h in the time Porsche promises - 4.4 seconds. While the peak speed of 304 kmph may not be ideal for most roads, the 718 Cayman GT4 is unlikely to fall short of that mark on the racetrack.
Expect the aluminum monobloc fixed-calliper brakes to settle things down in an instant when it comes to halting the thundering velocity. There's also the option of opting for Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes.
Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear split-lock, Porsche Stability Management, ABS, and other features enhance the vehicle's driving characteristics while ensuring safety.
Clearly, the Porsche Cayman GT4 is not designed for a family outing. However, what it lacks in terms of sitting area, it promises to make up for in pure elegance and performance. And, to be honest, it's a promise that most automobile performance fans would be happy with.