Model: Cayman GT4
Location: Los Angeles, California
Drivetrain: 3.8L 6 cyl, 6 speed manual, LSD
Weissach is a small town in Germany with a population of less than 10,000. It is an obscure name to most Americans, unless, that is, you are interested in fast Porsches. In that case, you know the name well as the home of the most coveted sports cars on the planet, Porsche’s GT cars.
The example listed here is a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4. Like many Porsche GT cars, it is based on a “regular” Porsche sports car, in this case the “981” series Cayman. However, this car is so much more than rims and a body kit. It is a top down reworking of the Cayman, and the result is a Porsche purist’s dream
It has a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 3.8L flat six, a 6-speed manual transmission, front suspension from it’s cousin, the famed Porsche 911 GT3, and rear suspension that is completely unique to the Cayman GT4. Grabbing gears as this motor screams towards it’s 7,800 red line is a welcome reminder that in a world dominated by turbos and automated manuals, more traditional feeling sports cars still exist.
This Cayman GT4 shines in brilliant “Race Yellow” paint, with an interior of black leather, Guards Red stitching, and alcantara in all the right places. As of writing, it has only 5,234 miles on the odometer. Built in February of 2016 (see picture of Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, below), it has the peace of mind of a factory warranty until March 21, 2020. It is being sold by its second owner, who put about 2,500 miles on it over 2 years of ownership, and a clean Carfax is included below. It is mechanically completely stock, with only a few tasteful cosmetic enhancements, noted below. It has never been tracked by the current owner. It has been garaged throughout it’s life, and shows as a like-new example. This car is worthy of a collection but capable of daily service without complaint.
Full records are available and will be provided to the next owner. Briefly, this car’s history includes the following important events:
- 3/21/2016 - Original delivery date
- 7/14/2017 (2400 miles) - Purchased from original owner (Oil change and PPI performed beforehand)
- 12/17/2018 (4761 miles) - Intermediate 2yr Service at South Bay Porsche
- 4/24/2019 (5150 miles) - Transmission replaced via 3rd gear recall at South Bay Porsche
- 4/24/2019 (5150 miles) - Full alignment performed to OEM specs at South Bay Porsche
The motor in the GT4 is a 3.8L naturally aspirated unit derived from the contemporary Porsche 911S motor. In the 981 GT4, Porsche reported power figures of 385 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. While it may share a motor with a 911, in the GT4 the engine is mounted amidships. Whereas the rear engined 911 has found incredible ways to fight the pendulum effect demanded by physics, the mid-engine layout is objectively more balanced. Power is delivered via a 6 speed manual transmission that snicks through the cogs via a short throw, alcantara dressed shift knob. The transmission in this car was replaced under a factory recall, and although it did not exhibit any signs of needing replacement, Porsche rectified any issues with the replacement units. Power is directed to the rear wheels only via a mechanical limited slip differential, with Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV). Power is electronically managed by Porsche’s stability and traction control system, called PASM.
Weighing around 3,000 pounds, the GT4 will hit 60 in just a tick over 4 seconds. But the real purpose of this car is not to drag race, but to shine as a beautifully designed and well rounded performer. It is ready for track days, weekend romps, and/or office days.
The suspension and brakes are as critical to the unique DNA of this car as the powertrain. The front suspension setup is essentially the same as that found in the 911 GT3. It lowers the car about 30 mm over the regular Cayman, and has an adjustable front sway bar, and many components are linked via spherical bearings as opposed to more pedestrian rubber bushings, true race car stuff. In the rear, the suspension takes its cues from other GT cars, but the overall design and components are unique to the GT4. There is also an adjustable rear sway bar. Further enhancing the track day adjustability of this car are removable aero pieces in the front clip, that when combined with adjustments to the wing, can dial in the desired handling for different tracks and conditions (or left in stock configuration).
A full build sheet is shown below and will be provided to the new owner. Highlights include hard-back lightweight bucket seats (“LWB”s), a fixed mount fire extinguisher, extended range 16.9 gallon fuel tank, sport chrono package with Porsche’s Track Precision App, and a PCM communication module with navigation (and many other options…). This resulted in a final build price of $105,495.00. Owner installed items include Xpel Ultimate paint protection film (full coverage, receipt/warranty provided to new owner); 3M tint at 30% VLT, original wheels powder coated satin black, and matching satin black vinyl accents on the wing end caps.
This car is a track day weapon, a back road shredder, and highly collectible. It is presented in an ultra desirable color, in like-new condition. Don’t miss your opportunity to own one of Weissach’s purest: a mid-engined, naturally aspirated screamer with three pedals.
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