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by Daniel DeGasperi

The chief engineer of the all-new 991-generation Porsche 911 GT3 has confirmed that producing a hardcore, GT3-style version of the mid-engined Cayman is “under discussion”.

Speaking at the official public reveal of the 911 GT3, Andreas Preuninger asked rhetorically “[with Cayman] can we emulate the success of the GT3?

“Maybe, I don’t see why not…”

Preuninger confessed that testing has been conducted for a more track-focused, hardcore Cayman model but reinforced that a final decision had not yet been made.

When pushed further about the likelihood of it appearing, however, the engineering boss smiled and said that “I like mid-engined cars…

“Nothing more needs to be said.”

It would appear almost a certainty that Porsche will introduce a more expensive version of the Cayman, which currently tops out in road-based Cayman S PDK guise. While the car could be badged GTS – that moniker is currently reserved for 911 models late in their life cycle, and the Panamera and Cayenne – that nameplate would suggest a road-biased Cayman model.

How far up the GT chain Porsche would go is unclear – whether it would choose GT2, GT3, or GT3 RS for the Cayman, and whether it would produce a breed of high-priced flagship variants.

With the 911 GT3 now available with a PDK transmission only, the Cayman may exist as an opportunity to re-capture GT loyalists who value simplicity and do-it-yourself transmission shifting.

  • Josh Kong

    Will this anger Porsche Purists? Yes
    Will this dilute the GT3 name? Yes

    Do I care? No!
    Porsche needs to start working on this car now

    • guest

       Why should they be angered? The 904, 906, 907, 908, 917, 914/8, etc were all mid-engined performance models, and happen to be some of the most legendary or famous models in the Porsche history.

      Let those Porsche purists wrestle with their poorly balanced rear-engined car – I’ll slaughter them with a 908/03, which is absolutely one of the finest handling Porsche cars.

      I hope they put a sequential in this car, or a twin-clutch. Whatever it has, the gear shifts must be race car fast.

  • Guestovovic

    Cayenne, Macan, Panamera…poor Purists, tough times.

  • Billy

    Long live the Cayman! They need a turbo one, no matter how light Porsche make their 911 engines, the rear engine set up doesn’t seem right!

    • Tony

      Be careful what you wish for – it’s likely that a NA engine is an endangered species.  Expect the facelift versions of the current “cooking” Porsche range to all be turbo’d to try to meet ever more difficult emission and fuel consumption requirements…  A few years from now we could all be lamenting the end of the NA engine…

      Agree Porsche need to build a higher performance Cayman, however id prefer one that revs to 9000, rather than a turbo’d one that it is pointless exceeding 5000rpm…

  • Rikki Riot

    As long as u can get a manual, not that I could ever afford one anyway!

  • Skybreak

    While a stripped down and more track focused Cayman would find buyers, aren’t GT2 and GT3 actual racing catagories? If this proposed Cayman is being built to race that’s fine, otherwise why not just make a “Cayman R” like you did with the previous generation Cayman?

  • AC

    I have already put money down to be at the top of the list with my local dealer.  I already track a 987 with standard engine and PDK but fully active suspension and larger brakes.  It can hang with 997 GT3s without problem on the more technical tracks.  It could be upped to around 500hp with a turbo but I would rather have an NA that revs to 9000rpm.  More fun.  Oh, and by the way the current car handles far better than my 997 Turbo S, much more communicative.