This new ultimate Porsche Cayman has been coming for 17 years; although, as some have held, it was never coming at all.
Back in 2005, just as the motoring world realised how much handling potential was locked up in the brilliant mid-engined chassis of this two-seat sports coupé, some wondered whether, if given enough power and dynamic purpose, this car might even go on to eclipse the company’s GT-department poster boy for outright driver appeal: the all-conquering Porsche 911 GT3. Others ventured that Porsche’s product strategy needs must exclude that eventuality by simply preventing such a Cayman derivative from ever being signed off.
But, thanks to the vision of one of Porsche’s more colourful senior executives of recent years and the subsequent commitment and skill of his various cohorts and deputies, the Cayman GT4 RS was signed off, and it’s coming to the UK market this spring.
Initially championed by former Porsche head of R&D Wolfgang Hatz (almost as a parting gift before he became implicated in the Dieselgate emissions-cheating controversy), this car was the simplest of conceptions. What would happen if you put the epic, high-revving flat six from the 911 GT3 into a Cayman? Could you even manage to? And would you make a saleable product with sound business credentials if you did?