Conspiracy theorists will tell you that Porsche has been trying to keep the Cayman down since day one in order to protect the precious 911. Whether or not that's true, the Stuttgart-based automaker has finally endowed the mid-engine sports car with 911 power. But is the limited-production Porsche Cayman GT4 better than the brand's classic rear-engine coupe? New host Jason Cammisa hopes to find out on this episode of "Ignition."
After a brief introduction, Cammisa talks about what makes the GT4 a GT4 -- and the recipe is a drool-worthy one. First, the GT4 gets the 3.8-liter flat-six out of the 911 Carrera S, detuned slightly to 385 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Throw in the 911 GT3's front suspension and an engine layout that offers better weight distribution, and you have the makings of a great sports car. Cammisa samples what the GT4 has to offer on mountain roads before seeing what it can really do at the test track.
Around our figure-eight course, the GT4 doesn't perform as expected. You have to drift it through a corner unless you want to deal with a surprising amount of understeer. Despite that fact, the GT4 beats every Porsche 911 except the GT3 around the figure-eight. Once that's done, the only thing left to do is see how the GT4 performs on a road course. Camissa takes a few laps around Streets of Willow by himself before being joined by everyone's favorite race car driver Randy Pobst, who apparently wasn't informed about the host change.
Watch the full episode below to find out what they think of the newly empowered Porsche Cayman.