Few automotive producers are as effectively versed at making distinctive sports activities automobiles like Porsche, and the 718 Cayman GT4 is one in every of its most interesting latest creations.
Powering the GT4 is a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six, though this isn’t the identical engine because the 911 GT3 and is as an alternative based mostly on the three.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder of the present 911 Carrera fashions. It pumps out 414 hp and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque, wonderful figures for a car that’s this compact and driver-focused.
Mated to the engine is a six-speed guide transmission. Whereas Porsche makes a few of the most interesting stick shifts in the marketplace, the gearbox of the Cayman GT4 just isn’t good. On this evaluate, Matt Farah says that the gearing of the GT4 is just too lengthy, simply because it was on the previous-generation mannequin.
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Porsche itself has admitted it got the gearing wrong on the automotive. First gear on the GT4 is sweet for 52 mph (84 km/h) whereas second tops out at 85 mph (137 km/h) and third continues by way of to 121 mph (195 km/h). If the automotive was turbocharged and had heaps of torque low down within the rev vary, the gearing won’t have been an enormous subject, however the 4.0-liter of the GT4 must be revved to utilize the facility.
When not too long ago quizzed concerning the gearing by Which Car, the boss of the Porsche 911 and 718 traces, Frank-Steffen Walliser, stated the model is utilizing an previous gearbox with the GT4.
“The gearbox now we have, don’t get me improper, it’s an previous one, an current one and altering the gear was simply technically not attainable as we have been operating out of house on the shafts, if we’d like an adjustment there. We might have cherished to have seen that, [the gearing] a bit bit shorter, however technically there was no approach,” he stated.