The Porsche Cayman GT4 RS Is the Best Car Your Ears Can Buy

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Cayman GT4 RS Is the Best Car Your Ears Can BuyHearst Owned

Finally, Porsche has brought an answer to what I have always referred to as the “Cayman Complex.” By putting the full-power GT3 engine into the brilliant Cayman chassis, shortening the gear ratios of the 7-speed PDK for maximum response, and working aerodynamic magic on what, at one point, was an entry-level car, Porsche has created a monster.

The GT4 RS is perfectly balanced on the track and at the limit, but that precision comes with a compromise on the road, where you never forget you’re in a true RS product. The GT4 RS may not be our choice as a grocery getter, although the RS treatment doesn’t technically violate the Cayman’s passenger or cargo space. It’s loud, harsh, and darty on the road, and the air box in the cabin resonates at low RPM.

But when you start going fast... be ready. The GT4RS communicates two ways with your body in more spectacular fashion than nearly any car on the road. You can micro-adjust through corners with your hands and feet telepathically. The brake pedal feel is perfect, and the huge, ceramic stoppers never run out of steam. And the metallic gnash firing back out of six individual throttle bodies and through that carbon air box between 6,000 and 9,000 rpm is the best sound coming from any car since the V-12 Formula One era, or the McLaren F1 itself. It’s magical.

Fortunately, in this three-lap review, we’re on a track I know well, in a car I know well, and you’re just going to see ten minutes of yours truly having the best time ever. There is no question at all why the GT4 RS is a serious contender for our Performance Car of the Year.

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