2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 verdict

With such an illustrious forebear, can the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 live up to expectations?...

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 front cornering

The weird thing about the GT4 is that it has few direct rivals. The nearest is arguably Porsche's own 911 GT3, but that's currently not on sale and will be considerably pricier when it arrives. Both the BMW M2 Competition and the Audi TT RS are cheaper but not in the same ballpark to drive.

So, how does the gt3 compare to our current Sports Car of the Year, the Alpine A110? Well, it feels far more planted and is a lot more dialled into high-speed circuit use. Yet if the previous incarnation is anything to go by, it will provide few issues when it comes to day-to-day driving. If track days are your game, then, the GT4 is the car to have — even taking into account the extra £25,000 you'll need over a well-specified A110. Just remember, though, that while the current A110 is all about having fun on the road, a faster, and more track-focused A110S is on the way, too.

We've saved the best news until last. Unlike the previous GT4, which effectively sold out because Porsche couldn’t make them fast enough, the plan this time is to build as many new GT4s as there are customers. Don’t expect the same smile-inducing financial gains, then, but our experience so far indicates that there will be just as big smiles every time you take this one for a blast.

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What Car? says...

Rated 5 out of 5

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 specification

Price £75,348 Engine 6cyls3995cc, naturally aspirated, petrol Power 414bhp at 7600rpm Torque 310lb ft at 5000-6800rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual Top speed 187mph 0-62mph 4.4sec Fuel economy 25.7mpg (WLTP) CO2 249g/km (NEDC)

Rivals Alpine A110, BMW M2 Competition