Carmine Red 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

While I haven’t featured them quite as frequently of late I’ve still had an eye on the Cayman GT4. It’s probably my favorite modern Porsche and as we’ve moved ever so slowly past their days of production prices have just as slowly started to come down. I don’t expect those prices to drop precipitously or anything of that sort. A performance-oriented Porsche model like the GT4 simply isn’t going to lose much value unless it’s wrecked. But the days when prices remained above MSRP seem to be behind us. So, still not cheap by any means, but a little bit better.

As with most cars I post I’m most interested in those that come in a nice color, which usually means a bright color. This Carmine Red example fits that bill quite well. Red is one of the few shades that I actually prefer when it is not as bright as possible. This is in distinction to yellow, green, and orange all of which I typically prefer to be of the blinding variety. But with Red I like a hint of subtlety. Just a hint though and that’s why I’ve always liked Carmine Red. Guards Red is a very nice color, but Carmine is a little richer compared to Guards Red’s brightness. It looks great on the GT4 and I very much like this one here.

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2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Cayman lately. As a long-time fan of the 911 it’s always been difficult to wrap my head around precisely what I think of the Cayman. It’s a Porsche so I have little doubt about its capabilities and overall quality as a sports car. The pedigree certainly is there. Yet, as has been noted ad nauseam, it always has seemed tamed, or held back, so as to insulate it from direct competition with the 911. While slightly unfair it’s almost seemed the car you settle for if you cannot afford a proper Porsche – a 911. And then, of course, there is the simple fact of the 911 being something I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid. It’s hard to displace something that has been so long a part of your imagination.

I don’t know that I’d say the Cayman GT4 has changed all of that, but it has certainly played a role and forced me to rethink some of those issues. I’m not in the market for one, let’s be clear on that – it’s out of my price range and I’m still not in the position of having a decent place to park it – but I do wonder if the time came to choose between a GT4 and a GT3 where I’d end up. I think I know what my wallet would say. I’m less certain about my heart.

This one really is drawing my eye: a White 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4, located in California, with 5,100 miles on it. It has a few modifications and for those looking for one that’s reasonably track ready I think it should be a definite contender.

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2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

I was torn over whether to feature this car. It has some very alluring attributes: not only is it the performance obsessed Cayman GT4, but it comes in a fairly rare Carrara White Metallic exterior. The mileage remains fairly low and the price isn’t too bad relative to most examples of the GT4 I’ve seen. Not everything is great though. First, someone has stuck a bunch of decals on it. We’re also not told much about it. Most of those details can likely be worked out given this is a nearly new car. It’s said to be accident free, which is good, but there’s probably more to look through here than the typical GT4 for sale. Nonetheless, I think the exterior color is an important consideration on its own. I’ve seen very few GT4s in white so those on the lookout for one likely will want to put in the legwork to figure out the details.

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2015 Porsche Cayman S

From the first time I saw the 981 I was smitten. The redesign seemed to bring both the Boxster and Cayman into their own better than with previous designs, but it was the Cayman that really caught my eye. The slightly longer wheelbase seems to work very well with the body. It also has a Ferrari 430 look about it, though I’m honestly not sure how I feel about that since the 430 is far from my favorite Ferrari (even if it’s an improvement on its predecessor). Regardless, I like the 981 Cayman quite a bit. That the model culminated with the absolutely wonderful GT4 has drawn me to it even further.

I don’t tend to feature them all that often, but this one caught my eye. It’s more subtlety pretty than something that’ll stop you in your tracks. The dark blue is elegant, rather than flashy, and the total package seems a desirable one. Here we have a Dark Blue Metallic 2015 Porsche Cayman S, located in St. Louis, with Luxor Beige interior and 39,365 miles on it. It’s equipped with power sport seats and a 6-speed manual transmission. Excellent!

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Signal Yellow 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

I had one thought when I first saw this 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4: “Please let it be Signal Yellow.” From the thumbnail it looked like it might be, but lighting and small pictures can deceive and don’t always yield what appears at first glance.

It is Signal Yellow.

Like many of Porsche’s vintage colors Signal Yellow is a long time favorite and one of the colors that always will attract my notice. Though it doesn’t always work as well on modern Porsches as it did on the early models on which it debuted. A while back I featured a Signal Yellow GT3 and while the color looked great on that car, it just wasn’t quite as great as on an early 911. It’s the lack of contrasts. Those early cars had chromes and blacks on various exterior pieces that complemented well that bright yellow paint. The GT4 is similar to the GT3 in that regard, but the color still looks really good and its brightness combines well with the spirit of the machine to produce a phenomenal result.

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Riviera Blue 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

Do you want to turn some heads? And I mean really turn heads? Not just, “oh there’s a cool car” and then move on, but the stop and stare sort of attention. Yes? Good, keep reading. Here we have a paint-to-sample Riviera Blue 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4. Porsche has long been known for its pastels and Riviera Blue follows in that tradition. It’s not the only bright vibrant blue Porsche has offered, but it has quickly become one of the most iconic. First debuted on the 993 I’ve always thought that was the model it looked best on. Later 911s wearing the color have looked good, but never as good as the 993. This Cayman GT4 might just top it. I’ve loved the GT4 since I first saw one and this one is just stunning! Like it or not – and I can’t imagine someone buying Riviera Blue and hating attention – everyone is going to take notice.

At $125K, the price of all of this wonderfulness is very high. You can easily find a GT4 for $15K, even $20K, less than this one. It is practically new and looks flawless so you’re getting the right sort of car for your money. It’s just a lot of money.

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2012 Porsche Cayman R

I really don’t feature the Porsche Cayman often enough. It’s not that I don’t like them, I like them a lot. I think they just fall into that world of newer machines that we see so many of that it becomes easy to pass them by for more rare alternatives from earlier years. The same happens with the 911 since I’ll feature very few of the water-cooler models and when I do it is almost always the 996TT or GT3.

When I come across a Cayman R the decision is much easier as these possess the sort of rarity and performance that immediately makes us take notice. The R provides a glimpse of everything the Cayman could be and serves as a precursor to the current GT4. As a lightened and more powerful version of the Cayman S, the R takes an already well-balanced machine and turns everything up. Creature comforts are a little more limited though for those who like A/C and a radio they can be added back. Even still the R makes for a wonderfully fun drive and hell I think they look pretty great too!

The one we see here comes in a really pretty Basalt Black over Red combination and sits with just 12,000 miles on it. The asking price is quite high, but the option list is quite extensive so if you’re looking for one that checked a lot of the boxes this may be it.

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Year: 2012
Model: Cayman R
Engine: 3.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 12,000 mi
Price: $75,000

The car is black with red full leather and has a manual transmission, bucket seats, sports exhaust, sport chrono among many other options. Currently has a little over 12,000 miles and I am the original owner.

It’s never been tracked/auto-crossed or in an accident, and always garaged. All four rims are clean with no curb rash. Attached are some pictures as well as the build sheet. One thing missing from the build sheet is the rims painted in black (the dealer swapped the original silver rims with another Cayman R).

I’m asking $75k FIRM which I know would be higher than most for sale but think it’s reasonable given the low miles, combination of key options and overall extensive build sheet (original MSRP just a shade under $100k). Car is located in the San Jose, CA.

Given its high price we shouldn’t be surprised that this Cayman R has been up for a couple months. It looks in fantastic shape and I really love the color combination. There is a second Cayman R more recently available. It has a few more miles and asks for fewer of your dollars, but it looks in equally excellent condition. The options list isn’t as extensive, but there are some nice choices made there as well. I don’t think either would be a bad choice.

I chose this one because I’m a sucker for a red interior, especially when paired with a black exterior. The long options list might make this one a slightly tougher sell, especially given that the R, at heart, aspires to be a more spartan car. Quite a few of those options appear to involve getting a wide variety of items covered in leather and given how much I enjoy the look of this interior I suppose I can’t find too much fault there. And that’s where this will make sense: for the buyer who would spec an R similarly and desires one that’s added in many details to help distinguish it from the rest. A lot of this stuff may not make you go faster, but perhaps you’ll feel better, and get just that little bit more enjoyment, during each drive.

-Rob

Feature Listing: 2006 Porsche Cayman S

I sometimes feel I am neglectful of the Porsche Cayman. I write almost exclusively about Porsches and it turns out equally exclusively about the 911. This is by choice, not necessarily by design. The Cayman is (in relative terms) the new kid on the block for Porsche so it doesn’t always possess the sort of historicity that remains rooted in my brain. In simpler terms: these were not the Porsches that captivated me as a kid; not the Porsches that I saw on posters and dreamed about. All of this may be to my loss.

The Cayman is a fantastic car possessing inherently better dynamic balance than its much more well known sibling, the 911. Porsche has been oft criticized for holding the Cayman back, portrayed as fearful that it would overtake their beloved 911, but that doesn’t make the Cayman a family sedan. Impeccable balance, impeccable feel, and still plenty of power for everyday use characterize the chassis. In S specification with a 6-speed manual transmission you’re getting nearly 300 horses propelling a car weighing just over 3,000 pounds. That’s good for 0-60 in around 5 seconds and should you so desire you’ll top out north of 170 mph – not too shabby. There really is a lot to love with these cars and here we have one that comes from the very beginning: an Indischrot 2006 Porsche Cayman S with Sand Beige leather interior and just 31,000 miles on it.

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Motorsports Monday: 2008 Porsche Cayman S Turbo

As Spring 2017 officially kicks off today, my thoughts inevitably turn towards the track. While race series at Daytona, Sebring, Formula 1 (final testing, at least) and even Goodwood have already commenced, as I look out my window there’s still a layer of snow covering the ground and temperatures have barely crept past freezing. It certainly doesn’t feel like Spring yet, but that doesn’t mean that preparation for heading to the track can’t begin. And though I dearly love tracking my Audi Coupe GT and it’s racked up some serious mileage on the race courses of New England, I can’t help but think that maybe it’s time for something newer. Maybe something like a Porsche Cayman, the “affordable” way into a track-friendly performance Porsche:

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Motorsports Monday: 2009 Porsche Cayman S Interseries

Porsche history has always been intrinsically linked with racing since before they were even a company. From Mercedes-Benz to Auto Union and later Cisitalia, Porsche offered world-beating designs prior to establishment of its own independent racing heritage. Since the 1950s, they’ve never looked back, and every successive generation has their own legends that were born. For my father, it was the 908 and 917, while I grew up with the turbocharged whistle of the 956 and 962 dominating race tracks. To capitalize on this nostalgia, coupled with more gentleman drivers heading to the track every weekend than there ever have been, Porsche’s lineup has increasingly focused on track-biased cars. But that hasn’t stopped some from going a few steps further, and Napelton Porsche launched an interesting idea just before the turn of the decade.

Why not create a race series of equal cars, slap historic liveries on them, and hit the track? The Interseries was just that, with door to door action pitting the iconic color combinations of Porsche history at the hands of mere mortals. From the Salzburg 917 that first took Porsche to the Le Mans title to the unmistakable Rothmans colors, each of these cars wore a bit of what made the marque a legend for so many people. Everyone has their favorite design, so this series offered Porschephiles a veritable cornucopia of visual pleasure. Today, one of these cars has come up for sale:

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